Area rugs are wonderful things – they can be simple and basic, classic and formal, or quirky and fun. I often advise clients on area rug selection and sizing.
Although it seems fairly straightforward, getting an area rug’s size right is really important, especially in dining rooms or kitchens where table and chair dimensions affect area rug sizing, in living rooms or family rooms where furniture placement is key, and in bedrooms where several options and approaches can work well but where the desired look is important. For example, a large area rug in a bedroom can look lush and luxurious, but smaller rugs can look great and can add a cost effective, colorful element.
While shopping for rugs for a project in Fort Myers, Florida, I came across a very informative blog from Anthropologie. It’s right on target and features some great tips for selecting/sizing area rugs.
For the Fort Myers project I mentioned above, I designed a beautiful dining room with a large, round dining table and substantially sized, upholstered dining chairs.The table included a leaf that would result in an oval shape with the leaf installed. Getting the area rug dimensions correct was crucial. I selected an oval shaped, custom sized area rug made from broadloom goods in soft mint green with an off-white trellis pattern, which was cut and bound to my exact specifications. Not only was the correct size important, but pattern placement was very important, too. The resulting custom area rug turned out beautifully and was just the right size and look. I’ll post more photos with the completed, accessorized dining room soon – it’s really lovely!