Rugs are essential to every room. They help define a space, ground it, and add warmth and color to the room. Here are some tips on rugs that will help make your rug decision and purchase easy! These are tips that I discuss with my Fairfield and Westchester clients to help them along the design process.
Make sure each piece of furniture is invited to the dance!
What does that mean? The front legs of each main piece of furniture should sit on the rug. This will allow the rug to define and ground the space. Leaving a rug floating in the middle of a room is a NO-NO! The rug should go past the width and length of each piece of furniture by 6-12”. Typical rug sizes for an average-size family room would be 8x10, 9x12, or 10x14.
Dining Room Rugs
In a dining room, the table and chairs should all be completely on the rug, with enough room for pushback on the chairs. This is typically about 12-24” of pushback if the room allows for it. Typical dining room rugs will again be 8x10 and 9x12.
Primary Bedroom Rugs
In the primary bedroom, the rug should extend out the width of the bed and nightstands. There should be about 12”-18” of rug in front of the bed or more, and the rug should start about 6-8” in front of the nightstands. Typical size for the king bedroom is 9x12 and for a queen bedroom 8x10.
Below, I have attached a styling guide from Studio Mcgee to give you a better perspective on sizing and scaling rugs.