A room can either seem too small or too cluttered if the rug is the wrong size. As a general rule, the shortest wall in the room should be two feet longer than the rug. For example, an eight-by-ten-foot study would require a rug no wider than six feet. In more spacious rooms like the Family Room, rugs should fit into the room’s purpose and arrangement. If the room is designed simply as a large conversation space, you would only need a single, large rug to piece it together with the front third of the sofas and chairs seated along its edges. If the room is divided up into multiple conversation areas, opt for multiple smaller rugs similar in color and style so they complement each other.
Rule number two – make sure that the style of the rug is consistent with the surrounding furniture and décor of the room. For example, a room decorated in elegant furniture and oriental décor would be the ideal place for a traditional rug in Persian or classic European designs. Whereas placing a vibrant contemporary rug in a room full of Victorian furniture would be like hanging a disco ball in a medieval dance hall.
When deciding on colors, it’s important to consider whether you want your rug to blend into the composition of the room or stand out as its own focal point.
If you want your rich furniture, or vivid art piece to stand out, choose a rug with soft, subdued colors with little-to-no pattern. If the rug should take center stage, select a vibrant rug with a dazzling design, which works best when contrasting with neutral-colored surroundings.
Regardless of the room’s focal point, the rug should complement the color and style of the room. Create a color palette to guide your decision, and don’t go overboard on matching. Rather than trying to match large surfaces like the curtains or wallpaper, try to incorporate the colors of smaller objects to provide a visual balance and blend the room together.