Area Rugs – 5 Helpful Tips

A Scottsdale transitional rug from La MaisonArea rugs can bring a room together, tying the furnishings together in a way that expresses both your good taste, and the overall vision you have for your home. Maybe you are seeking some contrast for your carpeting, or perhaps you are looking to accent your hardwood, tile, or concrete flooring: no matter your need, a great rug—properly positioned—can add the distinction you are looking for.

That said, whether you are looking to define a newly decorated room around particular area rugs, or you are looking for new rugs with an already furnished property in mind, the process can seem daunting. Here are five tips to help make sure you are getting the most out of the rugs in your Scottsdale home:

Rust colored Scottsdale area rug from La Maison Interiors1. Keep 18 inches of bare floor between a rug and the wall

A traditional rule states that an area rug should have at least 18” of space between where it ends and where the walls of the room in which it is placed begin. That space helps create a traditional feel in the room’s proportions, while still showcasing your floor.

2. A rug should extend at least 12 to 18 inches around a bed

If it does not, the bed can end up “swallowing” the rug, since so much of it is covered by the bed and so little is visible to the eye. The size of the border depends on the size of the bed under which the rug has been placed—i.e. 12” for a twin or full bed, and 18” for a king or queen.

Scottsdale Area Rug Advice from La Maison Interiors3. Make sure a rug goes 24 inches past a table

While this can be tricky in practice—the size of most rugs and tables being what they are—it really does help a great deal. Since your guests and family can keep all four legs of their chairs on the rug at one time, the space is easier to use. From a design perspective, it helps tie the table, chairs, and other elements of the room together into a unified whole.

4. Rugs in a hallway or entryway should cover the walking surface

When using a rug in any high traffic area, it is important—both for safety and comfort—that you can walk with both feet on the rug in question. With the right pattern, it can also serve as a way to draw guests forward into your home.

Scottsdale rugs, silk and wool from La Maison

5. Know when to bend the rules

As with all things in interior design, cleverly subverting expectation can be the best way to make a statement. Depending on the size and dimensions of your room or furniture, some of the above rules, if followed to the letter, may not deliver the results you want. You may just want to make a statement. In either event, understanding the reasoning behind each guideline is vital in how you use area rugs in your home. We at La Maison Interiors can assist in ensuring you make the right decisions to maximize the impact of your Scottsdale home’s rugs.

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