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Finding the Perfect Rug

 how to choose the size of your rug, for bedroom or living room 

If you’ve already selected the sofa and coffee table that best suits your style and space, you will definitely want to turn your attention to finding the perfect rug. A great rug can fundamental and transformative. The rug is going to make a statement and set the mood, whether it be a cheap standard or a finely crafted investment. You will want that statement to say something about your style. Ideally you want the rug to anchor and elevate your design.

 

Before you can begin, you will need to take stock your style preferences and your space. The color palette that you ultimately want in play. Whether your preference is for warm neutrals or bold color. The flooring you have in place. The design style you are most attracted to, be it warm Scandinavian minimalist, modern elegance with a touch of Hollywood glamour, French modernist with a hint of Mediterranean farmhouse.

 

 

"French windows and a floor to ceiling bookcase are the focal point of this stunning home library. The adjacent hallway features a plush Beni Ourain rug with chevron-like pattern - complement to the vintage leather bound circle chair - leading the way to a fresh take on a typically traditional space. "

 

If your room is already colorful, you may want to consider a rug that is neutral and more subtle. Keep in mind - neutral does not necessarily mean boring. This is very true in the case of Moroccan Beni Ourain, which can be stunning statements even in their simplest form. On the other hand, if you have been primarily selecting furnishings with clean lines muted shades, you can go either way. Sticking with a neutral rug can increase the drama and enrich your design. Going bold after going neutral may distract rather than complement your space.

Size is crucial to design structure. A room that is successfully anchored accommodates the desired seating area, rather then the whole room. Most designers will recommend that the front legs of the sofa and side chairs be placed on the rug for a classic up against the wall arrangement. When designing a floating arrangement, where the sofa and chairs are placed in the middle of the room, the idea will be that all four legs of each piece of furniture should sit on the rug.

 

 

 

"Always allow the room to dictate the size of your rug. Good interior design suggests a rug should extend at least 6 to 12 inches, or even better, 12 to 18 inches beyond the furniture it's underneath. There is also the suggestion to leave approximately 18 to 24 inches between the perimeter of the rug and the walls."

 

Large or Small?

Larger rooms have different needs than small ones. The size and orientation of a rug should serve the purpose of making a room feel connected. Always allow the room to dictate the size of your rug. Good interior design suggests a rug should extend at least 6 to 12 inches, or even better, 12 to 18 inches beyond the furniture it's underneath. There is also the suggestion to leave approximately 18 to 24 inches between the perimeter of the rug and the walls.

A floating arrangement is often used in larger spaces. For proper scale, it requires a rug to extend away from the furniture at least six inches on each side. A larger rug is best for larger sized living rooms. When selecting size, keep in mind an ideal space of at least eighteen inches of bare floor on all sides. While some designers recommend that all furniture sits on the rug. Others will say that all furniture except the coffee table should be entirely off the rug.

 

The size and orientation of a rug should serve the purpose of making a room feel connected. This bohemian modern living room is showcase example of the beauty of extra large custom Beni Ourain rugs. For proper scale, a rug should extend away from the furniture at least six inches on each side. A larger rug works best for larger sized living rooms. When selecting size, keep in mind an ideal space of twelve to eighteen inches of bare floor on all sides. Some designers recommend that all furniture sits on the rug.

  

 

"Designers use Beni Ourain rugs to dazzling effect. There are inspiring ways to showcase rugs everywhere in the house. From the best of these, we can easily see why a beautiful rug is the crucial element - the attention grabber that dictates the mood and design for the rest of the space. "

 

Entryway, Dining Room, Kitchen

The kitchen, entry, and dining room are all areas with high foot traffic. A durable rug that is going to last is what you are looking for here. A low, dense hand knotted pile or flat weave are good choices. You will also want a rug that cleans up with the use of just some mild soap, warm water, a stiff brush or absorbent white cloth to remove any stains or spills. An all wool rug, especially hand knotted ones, is super forgiving and easy to clean by this method. It can also be fully washed in the driveway on a hot summer day every few years.

In the dining room, you want a rug is large enough to fit under the legs the chairs as well as the table. Measure the width and length of the table and add two feet on each side. As a general rule, you are going to need a rug that is at least eight feet wide.

For the dining room, make sure that all chairs sit comfortably on the rug and that the rug extends 36 inches beyond all sides of the table, but no less than 24 inches. When choosing a dining room rug, simply add a minimum of 60 inches to the length and the width of your table to get your ideal rug size. 

 

Bedroom

In the bedroom, comfort should be a state of mind, a feeling well-being and contentment. Your bedroom design ideally should exhibit a quality of relaxed comfort with a touch of glamour. Warm fuzzy textures go a long way. Wool, linen, sheep fur, thick Beni Ourain rugs. Make the most of natural light by choosing soft, light colors. If you choose to go bold, do it with the intention of creating an ambience of glamour.

There are several ways to design a bedroom with a rug. You can either place two runners on each side of the bed, or a single runner at the foot of the bed. But there is another, perhaps more dramatic way to add the dual ideals of glamour and coziness to a bedroom. And that is, by extending a larger rug from the bottom two-thirds of the bed. This traditional rug-underneath placement can be more elegant when you step out of bed.

For the bedroom, you have a choice of three different design rules, including the two-thirds of the bed on the rug rule, and the runners on each side of the bed rule. Either of these is a good choice if your room is exceptionally large or asymmetrically shaped. Look for runners that won't extend beyond the bed itself but that are slightly wider than the nightstands.

To make small room look larger, you can choose to place all legs of the bed and surrounding furniture, including nightstands and foot bench, on the rug. With this choice, leave 18 to 24 inches of rug space around the edges of the furniture. Typically a king bed requires a 9 x 12 rug, a queen requires an 8 x 10 rug, and a full or twin should sit over a 6 x 9 or larger.

 

Living Room

Some living rooms are only there to be viewed, and are not to be used or even touched. These call for silk or antique rugs that project that look of luxury. But in most cases, you will want a rug that can do double and even triple duty. Who doesn’t want a touch of glamour and drama to keep the energy flowing? Cozy comfort and durability are also at the top of the list of requirements for an area rug.

There are two types of rugs that have the potential to serve all purposes. Those are an all-wool hand knotted rug and a woolen flat weave. While, sisal is a very good alternative for durability, it lacks in the element of cozy comfort. On the other hand, there are ways of creating an ultra-luxe interior with a jute fiber rug.

Pattern helps to hide wear and tear. Subtle color can soften the tone of a space. It can lend a look of un-pretentious comfort and charm. At the end of the day, good design feels good. It is approachable and inviting.

Most designers will recommend that the front legs of the sofa and side chairs be placed on the rug for a classic up against the wall arrangement. When designing a floating arrangement, where the sofa and chairs are placed in the middle of the room, the idea will be that all four legs of each piece of furniture should sit on the rug. Whether going for a classic or contemporary design situation, leave a few inches between the wall and the rug’s edge. The purpose is to really define the seating area.

Larger rooms have different needs than small ones. The size and orientation of a rug should serve the purpose of making a room feel connected. A floating arrangement is often used in larger spaces. For proper scale, it requires a rug to extend away from the furniture at least six inches on each side. A larger rug is best for larger sized living rooms. When selecting size, keep in mind an ideal space of at least eighteen inches of bare floor on all sides. While some designers recommend that all furniture sits on the rug. Others will say that all furniture except the coffee table should be entirely off the rug.

For the living room, some may tell you to fit your rug just under the coffee table, and leave all seating off the rug. But interior designers name this decor faux pas as the number one decorating mistake seen in homes, and warn that small rugs can make a space look even smaller. If you feel you must go with a smaller rug, ensure that the front legs of all furniture pieces are able to sit on the rug. Ideally, it is best to have all furniture legs, including the sofas and accent chairs, sitting on the rug. Proper scale for a living room rug requires that the rug extend away from the furniture at least six inches on each side. To accomplish this, the preferred size would be a 9x12 foot rug or larger.

 

"In the dining room, ideally you will want a rug that cleans up easily. An all wool rug, a especially hand knotted one, is super forgiving and easily spot cleaned with mild soap and water. This primitive modern dining room is everything from scandi fresh to country pretty. Provincial elegance is a look with enduring appeal, and this space is a prime example for what a classic simple beni ourain rug can do when mixed with just a few rustic traditional furnishings."

  

 

 

"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity… something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”

- Henri Matisse