So, in the design class we taught, I talked about the five most common design mistakes that people make. I thought it might be helpful to rehash some of them on the blog over the next few weeks, starting with how to choose the right size rug for your room.
I really believe that the size of the rug itself can sometimes either pull a room apart or bring it all together visually. I used some “what not do to” examples in our class, and all of them were the result of choosing a rug that wasn’t big enough for the space. Going too small can make the rug look like it’s an island floating in the middle of the ocean—or in the middle of a bunch of furniture. I refer to it as “the lily pad effect” because it almost looks like you have to hop from the sofa to the rug. (You know what I’m talking about—right?)
Although the price can sometimes be a pretty big jump from a 5x7 to an 8x10 size rug, for example, I believe that buying the right size is one of the best investments you can make. The right rug should anchor the space and create a feeling of flow—not just be another element thrown into the room.
Better Homes & Gardens (Love the look of layered rugs…)
As for using rugs in rooms that are already carpeted, I’m personally all for it. Not only do they help to disguise some really abused carpeting in our house, but I think rugs are a great tool for bringing in pattern, color, or texture and also help to define areas in a more open floor plan.