youíre tired of looking at the grubby rug on your
living room floor. Or maybe youíre tired of looking at
the rug-less floor. Either way, buying a rug can seem
intimidating. If youíre gathering your strength, we
talked to experts.
know that options abound. Purchasing in person is always
a safe way to feel out what you want. But many varieties
are online. Also, think about vintage shops and antique
fairs, where you might find great quality at an
affordable price, said New York interior designer Robin
outside the room: Wilson also looks at places like Green
Demolition or Habitat for Humanityís ReStore, whose
storefronts sell furnishings for a good cause.
a little-known option? Some carpet stores will
custom-cut a carpet into a rug. For example, at Sisal
Rugs, anyone can order and make any size from its
carpets, a spokesperson said.
First, assess the dimensions. For an elegant feel, match
the exact measurements of a room. Most experts suggest a
foot away from the wall, depending on the room.
a rug underneath a dining table, make sure itís enough
to fit all chairs and table, said Ashley Turner,
co-founder of Shanty 2 Chichttp://www.shanty-2-chic.com/
York-based designer Alexa Hampton says that if she likes
the floor of a room, she prefers to leave uncovered
space around the edge.
smaller spaces, Hampton, who also offers advice for
ATGStores.com, suggests keeping 6 inches to a foot
between rug and floor.
Mele counsels clients at West Elm, which offers free
tips through its Design Lab, to have all of the seating
piecesí front legs, at least, hitting the rug.
and design: If the rug should be the focal point, buy
the rug before everything else. Or match the rug to your
your own preferences. "Donít let the rug salesman
tell you what color rug," Wilson said.
can have a white rug, for example, especially if the
room is rarely used.
added that a lighter rug can nicely stand out on a dark
floor. She and Whitney Gainer, her sister and
co-founder, prefer a neutral rug, bringing out color and
prints with pillows and curtains.
Michael Poczkalski, owner and principal designer of
Michael P Designhttp://room-buffalo.com/michael-p-design/
in Buffalo, N.Y., "If you get tired of a certain
color, itís simple to make a definitive difference by
changing out these items."
"Where is the rug going?" asks Mele, West Elmís
lead home stylist. Is it a high-traffic area, for
example, or by the bed?
suggests a "low-pile" rug for areas with a lot
of foot traffic. Low piles tend to be more durable, Mele
said, and trap less dirt.
rugs might work well for less-used places like the bed
or a reading nook.
your budget, Wilson said, "be honest about how
clean you are."
example, if pets or children are running around, perhaps
you donít opt for the highest-end rug.
prefers wools, not synthetics. "It lasts a long
time if you keep it clean," she said.
down the road, too, Wilson suggests.
your child at 3 crawling across with wet hands and rug
dye on their hands," she noted. "Those are
things that people donít think about at all."