A large-scale rug can set the color scheme of a room and create a pulled-together effect. Choose a floor covering big enough for all furniture legs to be planted on the pile. For the best look, measure at least six inches beyond the periphery of your seating arrangement.
Tip: Leave an equal amount of floor exposed on all sides of the rug parallel to walls—this centers the look.
Framing a Dining Set
For a dining room to function properly with a rug, the floor covering should extend at least three to four feet around all sides of the table. This makes pushing chairs in and out effortless. Try a light and patterned piece to contrast wood furniture.
Tip: If your table has a leaf that you put to use, make sure to account for the extra space taken up by this addition.
Lining the Bed
Cozy up a bedroom by placing an area rug at the foot of your bed. For a balanced feel, the rug should extend equally beyond both sides of the bed width. A woven rug will provide a soft surface for resting your feet—perfect if you also have seating at the end of the bed.
Tip: Even if a room is carpeted, you can use a rug to add color, texture, or pattern to your decor.