Expert Advice: How to choose a rug
Find the best option for your space with suggestions from a local flooring professional.
Choosing a rug is a personal decision that should reflect your style and preferences while also taking into consideration practical factors such as size, material, color, functionality and budget. We reached out to Kathleen Mayers, KPM Flooring owner and president, for her advice on selecting the perfect rug for your space.
Size and shape
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a rug is the size. Make sure to measure the room and decide on the size of the rug that would best fit in the space. You want to ensure that the rug is not too small, as it can make the room feel disjointed, but also not too big, as it can overwhelm the space. “It’s common that the perfect-sized rug for your home is not a commonly manufactured one,” Mayers said. “Dining rooms often fall into this category. You need a certain size to fit your table, and the ones that are out there are either too small for the table or too big for your room. If your living room or dining room is missing the perfect piece to bring it all together, a custom rug may be your answer.”
The material of the rug is also an important factor to consider. Different materials have different textures, durability and maintenance requirements. “Utilizing software and yarn samples, a rug can be transformed on the computer screen before your eyes,” Mayers said. “If you have an image you want made into a rug, it is easier than you think. We have transformed drawings on napkins and photos of colorful fungus to spectacular area rugs.”
Color and pattern
Choose a rug that complements the existing color scheme and furniture in the room, or use it as an opportunity to add a pop of color or pattern to the space. “Since homes are now mostly hard surfaces, carpet manufacturers have shifted their focus from simple patterns to ones with more interest to fill this growing need,” Mayers said. “All you have to do is pick a pattern, material, a color, decide the way the edges of your rug will be finished, and the perfect frame to your room is usually only a few weeks away.”
Consider the room where the rug will be placed and its intended use. For high-traffic areas like the living room, you may want to choose a rug with a low pile that is easy to clean. For a cozy bedroom, a plush, soft rug may be more suitable. Choose a rug that fits your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. A rug pad can extend the life of your rug and prevent slips and falls. It also can add cushioning and make the rug feel more luxurious.
Rugs can vary greatly in price, so it’s important to consider your budget when choosing a rug. Keep in mind that a quality rug can last for many years and is worth the investment. Choosing a rug on a budget can be challenging, but with a little creativity and careful planning, it’s possible to find a rug that suits your needs and doesn’t break the bank. With today’s technology beautiful, practical rugs are less of a luxury and more of an essential home purchase.