Buying an area rug is a tedious process. Each room in the house has a very different style, and each room tells a unique story. Your bedroom ought to be very different from your entry room. After all, the rooms serve very different purposes. One room is for creating the perfect night of sleep, and the other is for welcoming guests.
If you keep the purpose of each room in mind, you’ll find it much easier to pick out the right rug for every room. Think about how each of these rugs can fit your home’s authentic style, and tell your story with every rug in the house. There are general rules to follow, but it’s up to you to make the room your own. A lot of people like the idea of a shag rug in the bedroom, but one person may love the idea of a bright solid white rug, while another prefers darker hues and chooses a navy or dark gray rug.
The mudroom. Where everyone walks in with their muddy boots and stinky tennis shoes. This is the room that attracts all of the dirt from outside, and you want to make sure to stop this filth in its tracks.
The entry room is not the place for your favorite rug.
This room will require enormous upkeep if you choose a delicate rug. Instead, opt for a more durable rug. Materials that we would suggest include wool, jute, sisal, seagrass, and synthetic fibers, but the best rug material isn’t the only thing to consider when thinking about durability. The weave is arguably more important. Hand-tufted rugs are meticulously made and very high quality, but often come with a higher price. If you’re looking for a more affordable option consider a flat weave rug for your entry room.
Keep a vacuum in an entry room closet to vacuum up any noticeable dirt when you see it. To prevent the entry room from becoming a stockpile of coats, purses, and shoes, add a light wood storage bench and be sure to have hooks for coats. This will encourage guests (and kids) to remove their shoes before entering the house, keeping the rest of your precious rugs spotless!
A living room needs to be comfortable for everyone, guests and family members alike, and won’t see nearly as much traffic as your entryway. Keeping this in mind, it’s often best to try and make it comfortable, inviting, and full of cozy textures.
Treat this traditional rug like a beloved pet—keep it clean and well nourished.
For many styles, a traditional rug will work best. Traditional rugs are grandiose and regal. They often deserve to be in the largest room of the house, which is almost always the gathering place, or the living room. While traditional carpets are typically designed with elaborate patterns, they exude the essence of a warm, vintage library.
Make the room cozy by layering in mismatched throw pillows, soft throw blankets, and a rustic coffee table. Leather decor pairs nicely with traditional rugs for that old-timey feel. Create an environment where guests feel comfortable sitting down on the rug, gathered around the coffee table.
Eager to show off your contemporary style? Typically dining rooms have less furniture so you can afford to go a little wilder with the rug.
The dining room is the perfect place for a contemporary rug.
You could go with a geometric pattern, an elegant geode design, or choose a more bohemian contemporary style. Most importantly, choose a style that is representative of your personality and unique style.
The formula for an exquisite dining room is simple. Top your dining room table with 1-3 candles or a centerpiece, have either a large piece of modern artwork on the wall, or a simple piece of art or a photograph on each wall, and finish it off with your bold, contemporary rug. When decorating the top of furniture pieces, add items that make sense for a dining room, such as wine bottles or a record player.
The game room is already full of color from toys, books, and board games lining the shelves. To balance all of the colorful accessories in this room, layer the floor with neutral, but modern, rugs.
Neutral, yet bright rugs like these will breathe some life into a sometimes stuffy game room. They break up all of the toys and colors to create a more minimalistic feel. Keep wall decor to a minimum, and opt for lush plants instead. Just like the off-white rugs, these plants will breathe life into a room full of technology and games. Just be sure to give this room extra love and attention. Since this is where the kids are at, more messes are likely to happen, and you want to keep those precious rugs clean!
The bedroom should be your sanctuary. It should make you feel peaceful the moment you step inside. Your bedroom should be full of things you love and that make you feel calm and relaxed. One key to achieving this is having a soft rug.
You will want to look for a fluffy texture that feels natural to sink your feet into.
A shag rug is ideal for the bedroom, preferably in light hues like white or grey. Picture a dreamy bedroom with a white shag rug, a fluffy white comforter, velvet throw pillows, and a diffuser sending lavender scents into the air.
The key to a bedroom that fosters restful sleep, is to stick to a minimalist approach. Have no more than three items on a surface, and don’t let clothes or other junk pile up in corners or on the floor. Make room for all of your belongings in drawers and closets. Buy storage containers to slide under your bed for additional storage. Let the bright shag rug be the center of attention in this room.