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Choosing the right size rug for your room depends on your design objective. A rug can be a focal point, an accent or unite a room. It can extend a room or separate areas. The objective is up to you and what you want your room to be. This article will provide examples of different design aesthetics and uses of area rugs of all different sizes. It is not a right or wrong article. We provide basic examples but also build on basic design rules with unique, out of the box ideas. Design is not a one size fits all.

8X10, 9X12 AND ABOVE
We can clump all these sizes into one category as they have very similar setups. In the bottom right corner we provide the size of the rugs shown. We will start with the living room. The standard setup for all these sizes is to have all the furniture legs on the rug and the length of the rug runs the side of the sofa. The purpose of this setup is to define an area. It brings the surrounding furniture together in a cohesive design and separates the area from the rest of the room.




5X8 AND 6X9
As people are downsizing, 5x8 and 6x9 rugs are becoming extremely popular. In many instances, they work interchangeably and give the designer a ton of unique options. In a traditional setup the rug again runs the length of the sofa. However, instead of having all the legs on the sofa, the rug starts to drift apart from the furniture.



4x6 and Lower
These sizes work for the unique areas in the home. You almost don’t think a rug is worth it but trust me, a rug will make the space something more.



Runners and Rounds
These sizes work for the unique areas in the home. You almost don’t think a rug is worth it but trust me, a rug will make the space something more.



Layers
These sizes work for the unique areas in the home. You almost don’t think a rug is worth it but trust me, a rug will make the space something more.



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Purchase The Right Size

Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.

LIVING ROOM

Living Room Size Guide

 

DINING ROOM

Dining Room Size Guide

BEDROOMS

Bedroom Size Guide

Bedroom Size Guide 2

Bedroom Size Guide 3

 

All guides by Lisa Ferguson, Interior Designer  Follow on Twitter @decormentor