What Should You Take Into Consideration When Choosing a New Rug?

It’s possible for a new rug to just be one of many accents in a room. However, this addition has the ability to be so much more. Depending on its size and where it’s placed, a rug can work as a room’s focal point or tie its entire theme together.
Andrea Schumacher of O Design

Andrea Schumacher of O Design

Because a rug can be such a significant element of a room, if you’re thinking about or have just started looking for a new one, it’s important to take quite a few different factors into consideration. While you can spend hours reading articles about this topic, to help you actually get started, let’s focus on the most important considerations:


Where's the rug going to go?

Where’s the rug going to go?

Can you guess why out of all the factors you need to take into account, furniture is the most important? If you said “because of its size,” give yourself a pat on the back! Since furniture generally defines the shape of a room’s space, it’s important to think about how it’s going to interact with a potential rug.

Mix and Match Rugs

Mix and Match Rugs

Keep in mind that you don’t have to limit yourself to only rugs that fit the completely clear space you have in a room. Depending on the type of furniture, it’s possible for one or more rugs to go under at least part of the furniture. For example, if you have multiple vast tables in a room, you may decide that instead of one big rug, you want multiple smaller rugs so that you can put one under each table.


A Super Fine Hand Knotted Gabbeh Rug

A Super Fine Hand Knotted Gabbeh Rug

While it’s possible to find really good deals on high quality rugs, if you come across something that seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. Although it can be tempting to try and save money by going down that route, in the long run, you’ll be much happier if you stick to your guns and only focus on options that you know possess the level of quality you expect.


Wool is the Best

Wool is the Best

There are actually two reasons why this factor is quite important. First, if you’re going to put the rug in a place like your bedroom, what it’s made out of is going to determine how it feels when you walk on it barefoot. Second, what a rug is made out of will greatly influence how it looks. As you’re shopping, you should focus on rugs that are made out of materials which you know will look just as good in five years as they do now.

Tribal Geometric That Feels Modern

Tribal Geometric That Feels Modern

Whether you go bold or subdued, traditional or modern, if you do just a little prep work before shopping you will find the perfect rug for your space. A good design consultant, like we have at NW Rugs, will ask you questions that will flesh out your needs and taste and then will be able to offer you excellent options. Bring paint chips, color swatches and several photos on your smartphone and you’ll have a rug in no time at all.

As previously mentioned, while you’ll want to take plenty of time before making your final decision, as long as you focus on these factors, you’ll be able to keep your search moving in the right direction!


Adrienne Erin is a blogger interested in interior design and real estate. She loves trying new things in her own space and sharing her successes with others. Read more of her work on Twitter: @adrienneerin.


One thought on “What Should You Take Into Consideration When Choosing a New Rug?

  1. Pingback: Rita’s Story: Starting With a Rug Is An Easy Way to Get the Ball Rolling. | Rugs and Interior Design at NW Rugs in Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

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