An area rug is one way to brighten up a room. But with so many options available how do you go about choosing the right rug for you?

An area rug can be a great investment that will last for years so it is important to choose wisely.


The first thing to consider is in which room you will be placing your new rug. If you are updating the lounge or dining area the you will require a large rug. If it is a kitchen or bathroom a much smaller area rug such as a braided rug or sisal rug will be better suited.


The size of the rug will of course be determined by the size of the room and where the rug will be placed within the room. If you decide to cover the majority of a wood floor then generally you should leave about 8 inches of wood showing around the rug.

Color and Design

The color and design is a personal preference, but consider the following:

  • At least one or two of the colors in the area rug should match the colors of your walls or furnishings.
  • Choose a design that matches the decor of your room – an oriental or Persian rug will definitely suit a room with antiques while a braided rug with bold colors will suit a more contemporary home.


The texture of the area rug is another personal preference. Braided rugs look stunning in a room with a country feel; sisal and contemporary rugs suit bright modern rooms and hand-woven oriental rugs suit almost any room.

And always consider the purchase of a non-slip pad to place under your area rug. These are available in a number of materials for use on different types of flooring. A non-slip pad is not only functional for keeping the rug in place it will also keep it wrinkle free.

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