Finding the Perfect Rug

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

June 28, 2018

Finding the perfect rug for a room can be extremely overwhelming at first. After all, it’s an investment piece that will last you a long time and not everyone is an expert in interior design – it can be a difficult task for some! But a rug has the distinct ability to bring a warm feeling to large open concept condos, or tie different looks together, such as when you combine modern and traditional elements into a transitional interior design in your home. To help you make a better investment, we are listing a few important tips to help you feel informed ahead of selecting the perfect area rug.

Find the layout of your space
Are your sofa and chairs up against the wall or are they floating in the middle of the room? Understanding the layout of the room will help you figure the space you’d like to fill. If the sofa and chairs are against the wall, the rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of the chairs and sofas. However, if you have a floating layout, the rug should be large enough to fit under all four legs of the furniture pieces.

Generally, it can be tough to figure out how large area rugs should be. However, a rule of thumb is that a modern rug should be two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. For hallways, it’s a good idea to swing the front door open and measure the floor from the end of the door point, so the first couple of feet remain clear. When it comes to contemporary rugs for the bedroom, we suggest you place the rug in a way so that it extends from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Lastly, in large entertaining spaces, area rugs should fit the configuration of the entire room and its furniture. You’ll want to make sure the area you place the rug is well defined with furniture to ensure a sense of cohesion.

Room traffic
How much foot traffic does the room get? Areas with high foot traffic need more durable flooring as compared to less foot traffic areas. Natural contemporary rugs that are woven from fibers are good for high traffic areas as they are highly durable. Distressed and overdyed rugs are better for moderate foot traffic areas as their textures soften during the process of dyeing and distressing. One thing is for certain – you’ll want to rotate your rugs each year to ensure even wear, and when you consider the impact hot Boca Raton or South Florida sun can have on textiles, by turning your rugs 180 degrees, you’ll ensure the colors will remain consistent if they’re exposed to direct sunlight.

Focus on the room
Avoid looking at a rug as a single piece in isolation. Instead, try to imagine how the it will fit in with the aesthetics of the room your designing for – bedroom, living room, or even your kitchen. Don’t just consider the wall colors, also think about the other pieces of furnishings that already reside in your home, and how they might look. Blending patterns can be difficult, so we always recommend a Sklar Furnishings in-home design consultation to ensure you’re covering off all your angles.

Sklar Furnishings offers a huge variety of modern and contemporary rugs in different patterns, colors and materials. With a huge selection of area rugs in our 23,000 sq ft Boca Raton showroom, we look forward to assisting you in finding the perfect rug for your home.

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