How important is the size of your rug? Super important! Area rugs are a designers’ dream decor accessory for several reasons – they add comfort, texture, color pattern, and most importantly, they define your space.
Even if you have the best color in your rug, or the best pattern in your rug, it all falls by the wayside if you don’t have the right size of the rug. Area rugs define your space In a living room, the rug defines the main seating area and gives that furniture arrangement a sense of place and permanence. A rug that’s too small will look like it’s floating, and you lose that sense of place. I’ve got some guidelines here to help you make the right decision.
The first is to size the rug according to the room. This means you would deduct 3 feet from the overall length and width of the room leaving an ideal 1 and 1/2 feet of floor space all around the rug. However, this might mean you’ll need a custom size rug! Alternatively, you can determine the rug size by measuring the area beneath your main seating area. So, here we have a typical layout for a living room and something that I see often is a small rug, maybe a 5 by 7, sitting in front of the sofa like so. None of the furniture sits on top of the rug in this case.
The distance between the rug and the wall is also quite large! All of this makes the rug feel like it’s floating in the center of the room. The rug just isn’t connected to the seating or the room If we use a larger rug, perhaps an 8 by 10, you’ll notice that most of the furniture touches the area rug.
This is an important guideline! When the furniture, even just the front legs of the furniture, sits on the area rug there’s a visual connection from the furniture to the rug and vice versa. Plus, the size of the rug is now larger so it sits more comfortably in the room overall, so this is a much better layout because the main seating area is now defined by the rug. Here’s a great example of having a rug that defines the room because the seating area is connected to the rug! If you have an even larger living room where your seating is away from the walls then I would recommend having all the furniture sit comfortably on the rug. This is much more pleasing to the eye because it further connects the rug to the furniture and the rug to the room as well.
You can see in the video, the area rug contains all of the furniture in this living room. This is especially important when you have an open-concept space where you might have a dining room nearby. By placing your furniture completely on an area rug, you create a visual boundary and define your living room seating arrangement. So here’s your take away: In a living room, the rug defines the main seating area and gives that furniture arrangement a sense of place and permanence. Either all or at least the front legs of the furniture should be sitting on the area rug.
This will clearly define your seating area and it’s the foundation for a great living room. Thanks for reading this little design blog post. I’ll have lots more design tips just like this one coming soon, so check back soon! And leave a comment! See you soon!