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How to Pick the Perfect Rug

Finding the right rug for your space isn't the most straightforward task, especially when there are seemingly endless options available. And while a variety of options is ideal, it can feel like too much of a good thing with rugs. So, we're here to help you out by giving you the inside scoop on finding the right area rug, and as a bonus, we've included designer-approved picks!

Our rug mantra? Size, style, and functionality.


Right rug size

Want to know one of the all-time biggest mistakes people make when decorating their home? Teeny-tiny rugs! A rug that's too small for the space creates an unpolished and often odd-looking effect that completely derails the overall design.

On the flip side, a rug that's too big will make your space look appear crowded and overdone. The solution? Take measurements of your space to use as a guide for selecting the correct size rug.

What's the right rug size for my space?

A general rule to follow is to choose a rug that is 2ft. shorter than the smallest wall.

For example, if your room is 10'x12', you would select an 8'x10' rug, a 7'x10' room would need a 5'x 8' rug, and a 5'x7' room you would choose a 3'x5' accent rug.

Furniture legs on rug

Also, make sure your area rug fits either entirely or partially (under the front legs of sofas, chairs, etc.) beneath the furniture in your space.

Pro tip: Go for layers! A small area rug looks fantastic and creates rich texture when layered on a larger natural rug.


Rugs come in every color, pattern, and texture imaginable, so it's critical to consider the overall design style of your home. They also take up quite a bit of visual real estate, so a rug definitely has a significant influence on the aesthetic of your room.

Let's take a look at a few examples:

The Alisandra Rug will look absolutely stunning in a traditional interior. Hand-knotted in India, each rug features a traditional style with intricate patterns and antique finishes, offering elegance and sophistication that effortlessly envelopes any room.

The Kaplan Rug is a perfect complement to a modern or contemporary space. It features a textural weave, highlighted by strips of natural hide, and will elevate your décor with a chic, rustic aesthetic.

Due to the specialized, labor-intensive process used to create it, each rug is truly one-of-a-kind!

The Chavez Rug provides eclectic and transitional rooms with a unique, high-contrast pattern.

Dramatic and bold, this handwoven kilim rug features an oversized graphic motif that catches the eye and makes a statement among any aesthetic.

If you're looking to add texture to a Scandinavian, rustic, or bohemian space, check out this Sheepskin Wool Rug.

This thick sheepskin rug is soft, cozy, and welcoming- you can place them in any room, and the atmosphere automatically becomes warm and comforting.


Rug size in bedroom

When making your rug selection, it's essential to factor in the room's function and the amount of foot traffic. Have young children or pets? You're going to need a rug that can hold up to the realities of everyday life and not fall apart within a few months.

And don't forget about rug maintenance and care! Machine-washable and performance fabric rugs are a must for a busy home. Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic indoor/outdoor designs!

We love the Wendel Performance Rug- it's beautiful and luxurious enough to complement any indoor living space yet is durable enough for high-traffic areas. It's also strong enough to withstand nature's elements in any outdoor space.

Rugs made of natural materials like jute, sisal, or seagrass are also great options with budget-friendly prices. The gorgeous Ada Rug is meticulously assembled by dedicated artisans.

Row by row, brilliant colors, stunning patterns, and luxurious textures are formed using traditional, time-honored techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Each piece showcases slight variations, which add character and value to every fiber that can be treasured in your space for years to come.

Looking for a rug with that extra special something to elevate your space? High-end rugs typically have high-piles and are woven from luxe materials like silk viscose. These breathtaking additions are best suited for a room with low foot traffic and homes with older children.

Check out these delightful beauties:

The Harlowe Rug showcases a traditional design with timeless style and sophisticated elegance.

Indian artisans meticulously tie each knot by hand from luxurious viscose, or art silk, creating exceptional beauty and durability that’s also easy to spot clean.

With a traditional motif crafted by Indian artisans from luxurious New Zealand wool, the Thatcher Rug features a timelessly elegant style that is comfortable and sophisticated.

Its hand-knotted construction is easy to spot clean and boasts exceptional durability.

Exceptionally made and artfully designed, the Wilshire Hand-Knotted Rug Collection radiates vintage allure.

Vibrant aqua coloring lends a fresh update to the floral and medallion design, while an antiqued effect creates a timeless look.

Isn't it amazing the difference a thoughtfully selected rug can make in a space? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Need an expert eye when it comes to styling your space? Contact Spaces by Juliana for personalized, one-on-one design direction!


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