Design Lesson
Apr 7, 2016

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

By: Style at Home
Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Easy tips for findingi the perfect rug for your home Author: Ryann Ford

Design Lesson
Apr 7, 2016

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

By: Style at Home

Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg explains how to track down the perfect rug.


Finding the right rug can be overwhelming. To help, Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg provides some key information for narrowing down your search and scoring the perfect one.

 

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Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Rug benefits

Rug benefits 1 Defines a space 2 Enhances your decor by introducing colour, pattern and texture that coordinate with the rest of the furnishings 3 Softens hard surfaces and provides warmth underfoot Best for high-traffic areas: Wool, cotton, grasses, synthetics Best for low-traffice areas: Silk, chenille Tip: A flat-woven natural-fibre rug is the perfect base to layer a slightly smaller patterned or textured rug on top.

By: Style at Home Source: Ryann Ford; design by Ryan Street & Associates Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Material glossary

Consider your space's use and traffic level to determine the optimal rug material. Here are some options. Wool Pros: Durable; soft; repels water and stains Cons: Fades; absorbs humidity; sheds for a period of time Best for: Living rooms, dining rooms Silk Pros: Luxurious surface; offers subtle sheen Cons: Expensive; sensitive to moisture; less sturdy than wool Best for: Bedrooms Cotton Pros: Strong; easy to clean; affordable; versatile Cons: Doesn’t wear well over long periods Best for: Kitchens, kids’ rooms, casual spaces Grasses Pros: Very strong; affordable; neutral Cons: Can be coarse to the touch; difficult to clean Best for: Living rooms, hallways, sunrooms Animal skins Pros: Long lasting; soft; available in many designs Cons: Not good for damp or humid areas Best for: Living rooms, offices, dens How is cost determined? "Simply put, labour (time) + materials + experience (who made it) determines quality and, ultimately, the price of a rug." -Jamie Metrick, rug buyer, Elte

By: Style at Home Source: Donna Griffith, Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Choosing a rug for: The living room

Some designers like to have all the furniture sitting within the outer perimeter of the rug, while others place only the front legs on the rug – it’s really a matter of preference.

By: Style at Home Source: Donna Griffith, Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Choosing a rug for: The dining room

The table and chairs should all rest on the rug, with about 24 inches extending beyond the table so there’s plenty of space to accommodate chairs when they’re pushed back.

By: Style at Home Source: Donna Griffith, Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Choosing a rug for: The bedroom

It’s most common to have the rug cover the bottom two-thirds of the bed; you want to ensure you’re stepping onto the rug when you’re getting up in the morning.

By: Style at Home Source: Donna Griffith, Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Designer favourite

IKEA’s neutral jute rug goes with just about any setting, making it a go-to for designers and decor enthusiasts alike. Its renewable natural material, beautiful knotty texture and earthy warm tones make it a durable, low-maintenance option that also feels great underfoot. But the best part about this rug is that it’s extremely affordable. Tip: If a standard-sized rug isn't working for the dimensions of your space, have one custom made.

By: Style at Home Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Design lesson: Finding the perfect rug

Stacy's top picks

1 Dream collection bamboo silk DRm7B rug in light Grey & Dark Grey, Imperial Carpet & Home, from $2,399. 2 Antique Finish collection silk amal-6 rug, 9' x 12', Elte, $12,695. 3 Wool anadol Vintage rug, 4' x 9', eCarpetGallery, $320. 4 Jute ticking rug in Indigo, Dash & Albert Rug Company, from $105 US. 5 Viscose and chenille calvin rug, 5' x 7', Urban Barn, $329. 6 Wool and cotton Reverb rug in Blue-green, CB2, from $349. 7 Wool anja rug, Pottery Barn, from $249 US.

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