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How To Choose The Right Rug

No stylist? No problem. Picking the right rug is way simpler than you think.

4 Steps To Great Style

Simple + easy design tips to help you select the perfect rug.

1. Start With A Floor Plan

What's your arrangement? Choose a layout and measure for your rug based on the space you'd like to fill. Here are some popular layouts that work for most spaces.

Classic Layout

Classic Layout
If your sofa and chairs are up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.

Floating Layout

Floating Layout
If your sofa and chairs float in the middle of the room, your rug should be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture.

Dining Layout

Dining Layout
For dining rooms, measure the length and width of your dining table and add 2 feet on each side. Most dining room tables require a rug that's at least 8 feet wide.

Bedroom Layout

Bedroom Layout
In bedrooms, extend a rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Alternatively, you could also place two runners on each side or a single runner at the foot of the bed.

2. Make The Material Work For You

How much traffic and use does the room get?
Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.

Checker Board Diamond RugChecker Board Diamond Rug
Phoenix Wool DhurriePhoenix Wool Dhurrie

Dhurries + Kilims
Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

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Jute Boucle RugJute Boucle Rug
Jute Chenille Herringbone RugJute Chenille Herringbone Rug

Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

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Hand-Loomed Shine RugHand-Loomed Shine Rug
Vines Wool RugVines Wool Rug

Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.

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Erased Lines Wool RugErased Lines Wool Rug
Distressed Arabesque Wool RugDistressed Arabesque Wool Rug

Overdyed + Distressed Rugs
Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.

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3. Pick Your Pattern

What color is your furniture?
If your bed's got a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug to bring things down to earth—or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.

Hand-Loomed Shine Rug Hand-Loomed Shine Rug

Versatile Neutrals
A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to
layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Mixed Stripes Cotton Dhurrie Mixed Stripes Cotton Dhurrie

Playful Patterns
If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.

Patina Rug Patina Rug

Solid Colors
A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

4. Keep It In Place

Why Use a Rug Pad?
Along with preventing your rug from slipping all over the place, a pad will add another layer of comfort and help protect it for years.

Eco-Stay Pad

Eco-Stay Pad
This environmentally-friendly pad is made from 100% plant-based oils. It protects your floor and keeps your rug firmly in place.

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Honeycomb Textured Wool Rug

Premium Pad
Made from recycled post-industrial fibers, this thick, plush pad is suitable for all surface types, including carpeting and radiant heat flooring.

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