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Getting A Rug That Fits Your Interior Design & Space

Making A Rug Work For Your Room  It's always a daunting thought to find the right sized and shaped rug for any given room, but I'm here to do the research and have as much information jammed into one blog for you. Ok, maybe not jammed, but simplified and easy for you to get as much from this post in the hopes of limiting the amount of stores or websites you need to visit. Surprisingly - or not so surprisingly - I've realized that my rug doesn't fit my space, so I get to go shopping this weekend to find the right rug size for my bedroom.

Some Rules To Keep...Or Not To Keep

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about rules on interior design is that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," so more times then not, it's hard to set hard rules and say that it must be done a specific way. The reality is that I can give you guidelines to use, but use them loosely and trust in what looks good to you. If you're one that likes to play by the rules, check out some rules I've come up with.

Rug Size Guides

 GHID utilized the 8' x 10' area rug size rule for the bedroom below

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GHID featured the area size guide for the living room rule here

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GHID applying the area rug size guide in the dining room

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Some Fun Rugs To Consider

Keeping Your Rugs Clean

After reading through another fabulous Houzz article, I was able to pull out some great rules to follow in terms of keeping your rugs clean:

As a general rule of thumb, medium- to high-pile carpets should be cleaned once a year to remove dust, allergens and accumulated dirt that isn’t easily removed with a vacuum. However, most people don't take their rugs to professional cleaners for years, if ever.

Low-pile and flat-weave carpets provide fewer hiding spaces for nasties and are more easily spot cleaned, but they require a twice-yearly old-fashioned rug beating to remove accumulated dust. Many can be dry cleaned in lieu of being cleaned by a professional.

It is important to schedule regular cleanings of all of your rugs and carpets to create a cleaner and healthier home environment. Rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting harbor a lot of yuck if not properly cleaned.

Great Additional Resources

  • Houzz article about how to choose an awesome area rug no matter what the size of your space is; it also features our work!
  • Mother Earth Living's awesome herbal rug fragrance to freshen up any room
  • More from the fabulous Decor Mentor
  • Brit + Co's article that features 25 pretty rugs that will perk up your day. You must take a look at my personal favorite rug collection that was featured by David Thomas Smith and his creative usage of Google maps.