6 Tips To Choose The Right Rug

Choosing the right rug is by no means a simple task. A rug is one important decorating element that complements your style. Choosing between Moroccan, Turkish or French rugs can be intimidating and can reflect a lot about your style. Now to decide which rug is right for you requires following a few tips, I’ve written them down for you.

1. Style

Rug styles are a plethora to choose from, just like interior design styles. The first thing you need to do is understand what rug styles exist and choose between them. Each style reflects a different message, depending on your interior’s style you need to choose your rug style. These are some known rug styles:

  • Wool rugs
  • Faux fur rugs
  • Polyester rugs
  • Cotton rugs
  • Leather rugs

Before settling down on a style you have to understand it and how it fits the big picture. Find pictures on Pinterest of similar rugs and see how they fit in rooms and what kind of furniture is most suitable for them.

2. Pattern

Patterns can be intimidating. Everyone is afraid of having a rug with a pattern that would look crowded with your furniture choices and colors. But on the other side having patterns can make your interior style perfect if it was well chosen. The general rule is to choose a patterned rug if your furniture is made of solid colors and your walls are simple. Don’t add patterns to patterns as that will feel crowded to the eye and make you uncomfortable.

3. Color

Color is probably the most important factor here. The wrong color can render your style out of sync. That’s why you need to ensure that your color choice is within your color palette and fits with neighbor colors. You don’t want your rug to look odd compared to the room furniture and walls. You want everything to be complementary.

Generally, if you have a lot of colors and patterns in your room choosing a rug of a neutral tone will be a perfect choice. Neutral colors like beige, off-white and light gray would be a perfect match for a room with many colors.

4. Size

Size is a matter of computation. Rule of thumb is to compute the size of a rug that would be centered in your room with a few inches between it and the wall. This space should be between 10 to 20 inches. Choosing a small size can be a very bad decor mistake. Large sizes also are bad for your style. The best is to balance the size and keep it proportional to your room dimensions.

5. Pile

The high pile is the most luxurious and most expensive. It makes your room feel cozier and inviting. However, they aren’t for high traffic. So you can’t have a high pile in reception as footsteps will decrease its life span. On the other side, low piles are cheaper and work really well in areas that have a lot of traffic.

That’s why your living room and bedroom can have a high pile while your reception and hallway can have low piles.

An example of a luxury high pile rug from Safavieh

A low pile rug from Safavieh

6. Lifestyle

After all, lifestyle is a determining factor. If you have children or pets then you need to avoid high piles and white or off-white colors. Since these will wear off very soon. On the other hand, if you want a feel of luxury and comfort then a high pile soft rug will do exactly what you need.


In the end, you need to choose the rug that will give you comfort and will adhere to your lifestyle. Don’t get dragged into buying luxury rugs that wouldn’t stand a chance with your lifestyle. Keep in mind it’s a long term investment!

Dorothy Campbell dreams of a world where everything is as beautiful and organized as can be. Dorothy is a senior interior designer and a freelancer. She has revamped hundreds of office spaces/home/commercial buildings and she is passing down all that knowledge to the InteriorRocks readers.

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