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A sectional sofa sitting on a rug from Pier 1.


What’s the secret to choosing the right rug for any room? How to pick the right size, color or pattern? You’re just a few quick tips away from knowing all that and more. First, get out your trusty tape measure and find out the sizes of all your major pieces of furniture, as well as the room itself.

All Feet on the Rug

Notice how the rug and sectional teamed up above to create a “room within a room”? There’s just  two simple ways to make it work. First, all of the sectional’s feet are on the rug. Second, the colors and patterns are repeated in the rug, sectional and throw pillows which ties the space together.

This can work for rugs of all different sizes! Just do a little re-arranging. 

Visualized on different rug sizes: 

Spread out

However, there is always space for breaking the rules (our favorite thing to do!). Seating can be half on and half off the rug to make additional space for living, but side tables and ottomans should be all the way on or off, to stay level. As for color, try a darker rug with light furniture, and vice versa to create some contrast in the space. You can also create a contrast by incorporating different textures.

Visualized on different rug sizes: 


Dine in the Round

Let’s talk circles. Repeating the circle shape from your rug to the furniture amps up the overall effect and circles always draw you in. Sticking with a neutral palette provides lots of opportunity for special touches and seasonal refreshes.

Visualized on different rug sizes: 

Set a Place for Style

A large rug in a rich, contrasting color accommodates a full-sized dining table and chairs—even when they’re pulled out. The diamond texture of this rug turns the rectangular table shape on a diagonal for added interest, direction and extra energy.

Visualized on different rug sizes: 



Create Your Comfort Zone

One large rug that extends beyond the bed by at least 18 inches on all sides (12 inches is fine for a full or twin) is pure indulgence. Note the toe-tempting texture of this fluffy rug and how it creates a foundation for the bed itself?

Relax—You’ve Got This

Rules? Who needs them? Two matching 4x6 rugs on either side of the bed produce much the same effect, while still providing optimal warmth.. Again, keep all the colors in the same family for a calming, harmonious vibe.

Visualized on different rug sizes: 



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