By Beth Armijo
Where to start? Area rugs selection starts with size, function, and then color.
Size: Rugs should never be undersized. Your furniture needs to fit on it and or fill the space without overwhelming it. You can use 2’ feet of uncovered space on all sides as a simple rule of thumb. If it’s a hallway, I typically do 6-8” reveal and if a door needs to swing, you want to check thickness. If it’s a must have rug, you can always have the door trimmed.
Function: How is it going to be used and how does your family live on them? Is it for playing on, wiping feed, warming up a cold floor etc.
Example- if it’s a rug for an entryway, it needs to be durable as well as make a statement as it’s the first thing you see. If the rug is for a family room, it needs to be soft, durable, and also bring a room together.
Color/beauty: If your room needs color and life, then rugs are the best place to do it. If you are starting with a rug you fall in love with, (which happens), then you build around it. Pick rugs with your eye and what resonates with you most as you will always love it, each time you look at it.
Tip: Rugs are like your favorite wool coat. They last forever if you take care of it. I always recommend wool area rugs unless there’s an allergy. It’s the most durable, long-lasting, product you can pick in an area rugs. There is a reason hand made rugs made of wool or wool silk are passed down through families, even if the kids don’t want grandmas old rugs 😊
Tip: The old rule of thumb, “You get what you pay for” applies to area rug shopping. Unless you are lucky enough to travel to the parts of the world where some of the best area rugs are made and can bring them home with you. (India, Iran, Afganistan, Tibet etc) which leads to next tip…
Tip: You should buy the best rug you can afford, even it means living with bare floors while you save up your pennies. There is a reason you threw about your old rug from college that you got at ikea… unless it was wool. LOL
Area rugs on top of carpet: I typically don’t put rugs on top of carpet. Usually because it’s more of a tripping hazard if it’s not taped down and/or very heavy. There are always times to break the rules…for example, if a room is a massive sea of wall to wall carpet a area rug could break it up. A little color or texture change from the area rug can break up the space nicely (but it’s not typically my first recommendation).