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Taking the Rug Plunge – Tips on the Right Size

Taking the Rug Plunge – Tips on the Right Size

In my decorating travels, I see more small, dinky rugs than I care to admit.  It just might be the single biggest decorating problem I encounter.  Besides of course the “sea of brown furniture“!

 

So why is a dinky rug a problem?

Because, well, a too small rug feels choppy and weird.

This is a great example.  See this beautifully designed room?   The rug is WAY too small – the furniture isn’t “talking” to each other.  It’s floating into outer space!

 

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A nice big rug, though, makes a room feel full and rounded out.  It feels complete.

See this photo below?  The furniture is pulled together, the space is delineated.  Your eye is happy.

 

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I was always told that keeping 18″ between the outside edge of a rug and the wall is the perfect size.  That is often right, and I tend to keep that rule in mind – but as we all know every room is different and unique and it doesn’t always work that way.

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Another good rule of thumb is make sure you can comfortably place your sofa and chairs on the rug.  It’s okay if all four legs are on there – it’s okay if one or two legs are on there.   No set rule here, just do what looks best:

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Don’t despair if the rug you love is too small!   You can purchase a sea grass rug for super cheap (I love Pottery Barn, Ballard, Overstock and Gilt for great sea grass rug finds), and then layer your smaller rug over it.  I am ALL about the layering -it really works!

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It’s a win-win – your space is all filled up and rounded out AND you still get to keep your fabulous original rug…

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