Laying the groundwork

Photo courtesy of Maegan Tintari
Photo courtesy of Maegan Tintari

At, we love sharing tricks of the trade that give big results with minimal effort. Among these tidbits of information, we especially like those in which a single item has capability to transform an entire room—area rugs, in specific, make our list of favorites.

As simple as it is to put an area rug down on the floor, choosing the perfect one for your home can be a bit more difficult. Factors such as the room in which the rug will lay, rug size, shape, color and material need considering. Adding to the confusion, a plethora of rug choices in a wide range of costs until, before you know it, what began as a great decorating idea may turn into a seemingly overwhelming, daunting task.

However, you can take control of your rug purchasing experience if you lay the groundwork ahead of time. All you need is a bit of area rug education. So, read on, we say. You’ll find the information right here, brought to you by

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the factors we’ve mentioned above.


Quality comes at a cost—a well-made rug can be expensive. However, the cost of other furniture in the room is a good guide as to how much you should spend on a rug, according to the online article “Picking the Perfect Area Rug,” published by Home & Garden Television, which also recommends setting your budget prior go going shopping. HGTV further suggests that instead of purchasing a poorly made, inexpensive rug, put up with bare floors while you save for a quality rug—you’ll find it well worth the wait.


The size of a rug is just as important as the rug itself. A rug that is too small for its space will disappear, while too large of a rug will overpower a room. If using a rug in lieu of carpeting, choose one that is no larger than two feet smaller than the room. Meaning, an 8’x10’ rug for a 10’x12’ size room.

In the living room, if placing under a coffee table, choose a rug the same length or longer than the couch, but never shorter in length. In a foyer or entryway, less says more—the space a door requires to swing open should be clear of rugs. In the hallway, no less than six inches of flooring should be left exposed between the walls and sides of a runner. In the bedroom, you make the rules and choose whichever size tickles your fancy.


Colorful rugs are best in rooms with neutral color furniture, while monotone or neutral rugs do well in already colorful rooms. If starting with an empty room, choose the rug first, decorating the rest of the room around its colors. Bright, colorful rugs make a statement and have the biggest impact on a room.


Rug materials fall into two categories: natural or man-made. Natural rugs made of wool and silk, among other natural materials, are more expensive but last longer than those of man-made materials. Considered more elegant and typically handmade, rugs made of silk or wool are more likely to maintain their value. Like fine wine, they’re said to get better with time. On the other hand, rugs made of natural fibers such as jute or sisal stain easily and aren’t the most comfortable under bare feet.

Man-made rugs from nylon or polypropylene are far less expensive and easy to maintain. Well-made man-made rugs often mimic the appearance of natural rugs well but tend to lack the warmth of natural fibers.

Armed with know-how gained from information in this article and with downloadable directions to rug gallery locations in Calgary and surrounding areas listed in the rugs category of our Home Accent directory, you’re certain to have a great time choosing the perfect rug for your home. Or, if you’d rather not give it a go alone, click here to find an interior designer located in Calgary near you.

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