1. Decide What is the Rugs Purpose. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, rugs need to be functional. This means, if you are purchasing a runner, you want it to consider tracking or the backing of the rug to make sure it’s non-slip. If the rug is in a high traffic area, then you want to consider the ply, pile thickness, and material it’s made from. Is it stain resistant? Can the carpet be cleaned with a carpet shampooer? Taking these things into consideration before you purchase will insure that you are picking the right rug for you.
2. Pick Something You LOVE. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t settle for something “more affordable” or something that’s “almost like what I want.” You’ll always regret it. If that means holding off until there’s a great sale, or a coupon, or a great sale AND a coupon than do just that. But please, don’t buy something close to what you want, buy what you LOVE!
3. Buy the right size for your space. I know, sounds simple. However, I cannot tell you how many times I have measured, tried to justify, bought a smaller size to save money, and then hated it. The worst part is having to look at it everyday and learn to live with something I didn’t love. Everytime I walked into that room it was the first thing I noticed. Ugh! So please, make sure you measure 20 times if you need to, and use this size guide or this simple guide to help you choose the perfect size rug for your space.
Looking for a rug for your dining area? One of my favorite tips for this space is to make sure you pull your chairs out and then measure. This will ensure your guests don’t get hung up on the rug when attempting to get into or out of their seats.
Even thought of layering rugs? Buying a larger outdoor rug and placing a smaller rug on top will allow you to interchange you style without the overall expense.
Circles or Rectangles? There’s no right or wrong. Go to Pinterest and search a little to see what styles inspire you before making your final decision.
4. Find your Style. Don’t be afraid of going for something different. If you like a little color, do it! If you want a bold print, go for it. Is leopard your thing, go for it! No really, this is your opportunity to make a statement and share your own personal style!