Wanting to start over in a room? Overwhelmed with where to start? Go rug shopping! This is one of the first things I like to buy for a room that I am redecorating. But before you search for that perfect rug here is something you need to do first:
Measure your space and decide what size you need.
If your furniture is floating in the center of the room, then a rug should be big enough that the furniture fits completely on top without feeling cramp. Standard sizes for a large area like this are normally 9’ X 12’ or 11’ X 14’.
If your furniture is along the wall then aim to cover half the furniture with at least the front two legs of the furniture on the rug. Standard sizes for an area like this are normally 6’ X 9’ or 8’ X 10’.
For smaller areas such as your foyer, eat in kitchen, or sitting area you may need a standard size of 5’ X 7’ or 4′ X 6′.
However it’s always better to go LARGER than smaller for an area. So measure the room and decide which standard size will work for you.
Now it’s time to Shop!
My mom and I love to check Tuesday Morning and Homegoods for rugs. Their selection is always changing and they seem to only carry one maybe two of a rug. This will make your space unique and hard to duplicate.
Look for thick WOOL rugs.
Wool fiber is strong and durable which means it will hold up under the traffic of a family better than other rug materials especially synthetic ones. Wool is also spill resistant because the liquid will stay suspended on top of the rug for a short time. So if you can bloat the liquid shortly after the spill you have a better chance of keeping your rug stain free. Keep in mind that a pattern will help hide stains too in a high traffic area or a dining space.
Now that you have found the perfect wool rug for your space grab a rug pad for under it. This will help protect your floor, provide comfort, and prevent the rug from slipping.
Congratulations, you have laid the foundation for decorating your room! Use the colors in your new rug to pick pillows, curtains, throws, and accessories. Take a picture of your rug on your phone to have with you while you shop to finish off your space. Next stop is to head to your local antique store, flea market, or thrift store to complete the look!
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