Area Rugs 101

Whether you’re looking for the finishing touch for a newly remodeled space or something inspiring to freshen up a tired old room, area rugs are an affordable way to add character. There’s no limit to what you can find in colors, designs and texture to complement the décor of today’s, so go ahead and put some artistry on the floor.

Area rug benefits

  • Ambiance – Use area rugs to lend warmth, color and vibrancy to a room.
  • Comfort – Placed effectively, area rugs can help reduce noise levels. On hard surface floors, they provide comfortable, warm footing.
  • Define a space – On a carpeted or hard floor surface, area rugs can be used to define a dining area or a conversation nook.

Area rug sizes, shapes and materials

Rugs come in many materials: wool, synthetics, cotton, sisal, jute, sea grass, and acrylics. Shapes are rectangular (most common), round, square, oval, octagonal or long and narrow for runners. Common sizes for area rugs are 2’x3’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, 6’x9’, 8’x10’ and up, but you’ll also find many rugs in non-standard sizes.

How to pick area rug color

Color dramatically changes the look of a room. Interior decorators use color to unite furnishing and window treatment into a cohesive theme.

Floor coverings account for about 30% of a room’s color, so your area rug will play an important role in décor. If you’re using an area rug as a central decorating element, choose a patterned rug with distinctive color combinations that you can repeat in paint and accessories. If your rug is used in a secondary role, select neutral colors and a subtle pattern. If used as a background element, go with a textured rug in a color lighter or darker than your walls.