Updated Rug Buying Guide - Picking The Right Rug!


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Are you buying a new rug?  Have you been pinning endlessly and searching every site known to man and still can’t make a decision.  I know the process can be very overwhelming – what size, colour, pattern and style do you buy?  Don’t worry because I’m here to help you choose the perfect rug that will bring your whole room together.

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Area Rug Size

Buying a rug that is too small for the space is the most common mistake I see in homes.  I look at a rug as a focal point.  Have you ever been in a room and everything looks beautiful and something is off?  It’s usually the rug just being too small.  Now a rug that is too large for the space will look off too.  Think of your rug as a pair of jeans – it needs to fit comfortably.

Hey I gotcha, all you do is use painter’s tape and measure the right size of rug you need in your space!  Remember all the front legs of your furniture should be placed on the rug.  There should be roughly 12-18” of free space around your coffee table.  In your Dining Room keep in mind that when you shuffle your chair back to get out of your seat, your chair should still be on the rug.  When it comes to a bedroom just make sure that no matter what side of the bed youget out of your toes should hit the area rug. 

Keep in mind depending on the space you put your rug, it will get a different amount of traffic.  To ensure your rug lasts for years to come keep it on a level surface,  keep it out of direct sunlight, rotate it so it gets an even amount of wear and if it’s in direct sunlight just keep in mind that those sunnies will fade your new beauty, so again rotate for this reason also.

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Rug Materials

Hands down the material you choose will affect the budget and quality of the rug.  One thing I always make sure to ask myself is “Will this hold up to my real life on the day to day?”

My boys are pretty hard on the rugs.  Do you have kids or pets?  Choose a rug fiber that’s durable and easy to clean up all those mucky hands and spills.  Just think the longer the fibers, the more plush it will be.

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Again keep in mind what works for your family?  If you have a family member that has allergies, a morrocan beni Ourain may not be on the menu.  You will want the fiber makeup to be more organic like a jute or seagrass or at least a tighter weave like a Turkish kilim.  Does a family member use a wheel chair or have a cane?  A low pile rug would suit your needs best.

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Rug Styles

This is probably one of the most intimidating factors when it comes to buying a rug.  The choices are endless!  The rug needs to reflect your personality and of course go with all your furnishings.

For this I don’t use any rules when it comes to choosing your rug style.  I have read that designers recommend to mimic the shape of the room or a piece of furniture.

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Rug Patterns

You never want your room to look like a ugly Christmas sweater!  Choosing a crazy colour or pattern can result in something just not good.  When choosing a rug pattern here’s a couple helpful strategies so that it complements your furniture and accessories.

Neutral walls?  Add some energy by adding some colour or a intricate pattern.   My personal favourite is Persians rugs or kilim for a timeless look.

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If you have more colour and energy on your walls , then tone down the choice of rug to something more neutral.  You don”t want to be refereeing the walls and rug fighting for attention.  In this house anyways, my boys are enough.  This is where you find the beauty in simplicity whether it’s a stripe or even a solid to help unify the space.

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 Choosing a rug colour

Now the colour.  I think of it like choosing a wall colour. Dark walls and rugs make a room feel smaller.  Light coloured walls and rugs really open up a space.

Big recommendation!  If you have kids or pets a darker coloured rug is the way to go.  A spilled cup of juice or coffee will hide the messes.

Another method that will create a pulled together look is matching your rug to accent colours that already exist in your space.

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Rug layering

Do you have a rug your absolutely in love with and can’t part with but it is way too small for your space?  This may sound contradictive but you can still use it!  The trick to this is by layering the right size rug underneath.  You can use a jute, sisal or even a stripe or black and white pattern. As long as the base is neutral.

So there you have it! Buying a rug should be much easier. What I do is make a point form list in my phone so I don’t get distracted as well. If you have any questions feel free to comment below and happy shopping! If you have any questions please comment below!!!!

Lita

Crave Interiors X Loloi - How To Find The Perfect Rug

Today I’m sharing Loloi Rugs. Based out of Dallas Texas, Loloi Rugs has some of the most beautiful rugs out there! Teaming up with some of the best Designers in the business such as Ellen DeGeneres, Joanna Gaines and Justina Blakeney I was confident I would find exactly what I was looking for. Not only that they are a designer’s dream and provide an array of free resources and reliable, practically on-demand shipping options. When Loloi rugs reached out I was very excited to revisit this very important design decision for the living room and also thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about how to find the perfect rug.

I had to snap up this beauty from the  Loren Collection  Brick/Blue

I had to snap up this beauty from the Loren Collection Brick/Blue

The Loren is a power-loomed rug made of 100% polyester in Turkey. It’s a printed design that offers the same look as a vintage hand-knotted rug but at a much more affordable price point.

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A rug is really the anchor piece for the room and can really make or break the whole design. This is not a search you want to rush! I chose this rug because I love the colours. The space has very neutral pieces, this rug really adds a splash of colour to the room. I felt this rug was also versatile and so it is a piece that can be styled in multiple ways and go in any room of my home adding value. Because it’s the winter I felt like the room was looking dark and needed a winter pick me up!

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Consider the existing light, the paint colors of your walls, and the shade of your furniture. The rug I chose for the living room has a very timeless feel to it. It's stimulating but not too bright and will easily translate through each season. I was also surprised how a red rug complemented the wood coffee table.

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Moving on to the dining room I had to try it in here and as you can see it works so well! Again I’m loving the colours that are bright and almost feel neutral too. A rug can really transform a space and are a great investment seriously! I never go smaller then a 6’ x9’ and Ideally gor for an 8’ x 10’ this way the rug will also fit most spaces as well. It’s better to have a rug that is too big, then too small. I see this mistake time and time again.

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Now that you see how a well chosen rug can really add value and change a room, it is well worth the splurge. Make sure to checkout Loloi Rugs. They have so many gorgeous rugs waiting for there forever home.

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