Finding a dining room rug that is both practical and stylish is no easy feat. Fluffy pile can permanently trap every crumb from the table. Too-small rugs can trip up chairs. But a good rug can bring color, texture, warmth and style to the dining room — making the hunt well worth the effort. Read on for 10 tips for choosing the just-right rug for this hardworking room.
1. Err on the side of too big. A dining room rug should have at least 24 inches of extra room on all sides of the dining table to allow enough space for guests to pull out chairs without tripping over the rug. To be sure you are getting the correct size rug, measure your dining table, then add 24 inches or more on each side and mark the area directly on the floor with painter’s tape. If the marked areas fall well inside your other dining room furniture, consider sizing up.
2. Pick a flat weave or short pile rug. Because spills are inevitable, and the ease with which you can pull a chair back is important, flat-weave or low-pile rugs are the practical choice in the dining room. Keep the shag rugs, Moroccan carpets and other thick, fluffy rugs in the living room, where they will require less cleaning and maintenance.
3. Use the rug as a jumping-off point for decorating. If the rug is one of your first purchases for the dining room, you can use it to set the tone for the space and develop a color scheme. Pull the lightest or background color from the rug to use as a wall color, and bring in a bolder hue from the rug as an accent in the room, on chair cushions or in artwork.
4. Choose easy-clean materials. Generally, pure natural fibers like cotton and wool are the simplest to clean at home, and synthetic blends are the most difficult. The exception are indoor-outdoor and stain-resistant rugs that are made to withstand scrubbing.
5. Try carpet tiles. These interlocking carpet squares can be configured in whatever size and shape you need, and come in a wide range of hues, patterns and textures. What makes them a smart choice for the dining room? If a stain sets into one square, you can replace it without buying a whole new rug.
6. Feel before you buy a natural fiber rug. With an affordable price tag, great texture and classic look, natural fiber rugs — including sisal, jute and sea grass — have a lot going for them. But where natural fibers like cotton and wool tend to be easy to clean, these natural materials can prove to be trickier. The key lies in the texture of the rug — the finer and smoother it is, the easier it will be to clean. On the other hand, it can be nearly impossible to remove ground-in food from really nubby natural fiber rugs.
7. Match rug shape to room shape. Have a square dining room? Try a square or round rug. Rectangular room? Use a rectangular rug. Echoing the shape of the room with your rug brings a pleasing feeling of order to a space.
8. Match rug shape to table shape. Round dining tables look great with round or square rugs. Rectangular and oval dining tables work well with rectangular rugs. Square dining tables tend to work best with square rugs, though a round rug could work for a more playful feel.
9. Avoid light hues. Unless you use your dining room more as a workspace than for dinner parties, it’s probably best to avoid white and light-colored rugs in this space (as beautiful as they look). Of course, white is not the only rug color to watch out for. Any pale hue is going to show dirt and spots sooner than deeper, richer colors.
10. Look at the larger space. When choosing a color and pattern for your dining room rug, look at it as a piece in the larger puzzle of your space. What color are your dining chairs and table, light fixtures, flooring, and wall color? If you have an open floor plan, what other rugs are you already using in the space? The rug you ultimately choose should fit naturally with these other pieces.
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They always come faster than expected but as we start to bundle up in our coats it’s clear, the holidays are right around the corner. This season, as you’re preparing to host friends and family, make sure you don’t overlook something that is almost as important as the turkey—your home. Obviously, you want to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable, and one way you can do so is with rugs! When used correctly area rugs can warm any room, creating a cozy environment to relax in. Having the perfect rug becomes especially important in the living room and the dining room, where you’ll be entertaining the most during the holiday season. So how exactly do you find those perfect dining room and living room rugs?
Dining Room: Your dining room rug should be long and wide enough to allow plenty of space for chairs to slide in and out, but it should not be too big. You want to make sure there is room between the walls and the edges of your rug (keep 18 inches of bare floor exposed on the edges of the rug). Otherwise, the rug will look overwhelming. The shape of your rug should reflect the shape of your table. This way your rug is accentuating your table as opposed to detracting from it. If you have a round table you should have a round rug and typically eight ft. round rugs are a great choice with 4-6 chairs. If you have a rectangular table you should have a rectangular rug and typically 9’x12’ or 8’x10’ rugs will work under a table with 6-8 chairs.
Living Room: Typically a living room rug will be a 5’x8’, 8’x10’ or 9’x12’. A 5×8 rug will usually be placed under a coffee table, with the remaining furniture placed off and around the rug. An 8×10 rug will allow for your furniture to be placed on top of or completely off of the rug (which depend on the dimensions of your room and your furniture pieces). A 9×12 rug almost always has all of the furniture placed on top of it. It’s important to be generous with the size of your living room rug because a rug that is too small can get lost in your furniture. If you already have a rug that is too small a great solution is layering a larger rug under your existing one.
Regardless of your room size or décor, we are confident that we have a great rug that will fit your home and needs! Stop by our showroom and do not hesitate to seek the advice of our associates. We are always willing to help!