Choosing a color and design for your rug
The area rug in your room anchors your design. It creates a cozy, warm feel, grounds your furniture and creates a cohesive space, but how to choose a rug for your bedroom can seem overwhelming. If you are starting from scratch, choose your rug first. If you wait to choose your rug, you may be waiting a LONG time to find the perfect color and pattern that works with your throw pillows and drapes. Build your other textiles around the rug that you choose and it will all come together beautifully.
If you find yourself in a predicament where you have already picked your bedding and drapes, find something pretty and neutral to work in your bedroom. A solid rug complements all of your other patterns by grounding it in a primary palette. Try matching the rug to the secondary color in your bedding.
Whatever color you choose, make sure that it contrasts with your flooring. You don’t want a solid brown rug on a brown wood floor. Think of the rooms that catch your eye on pinterest or Instagram. Are you drawn to them because they are monochromatic? I’m sure in most cases you will notice that they catch your eye because they incorporate a beautiful mix of happy, colorful prints.
What size rug do I need?
You always want to choose a layout for your room and measure for your rug based on where you want it to fit in your space. In the bedroom, ideal placement for a rug is extending from the lower ⅔ of the bed. This allows for the rug to extend into the walkway at the end of the bed. If you have enough space in your room, allow for two feet or so of rug on either side of the bed. This makes it more comfortable when you slip out of bed and feel the rug under your feet instead of a cold floor first thing in the morning. Don’t choose a rug that is too small for your space or it will have the overall effect of making your whole room look smaller.
Choosing the best rug material for your Bedroom
Because bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy foot traffic and heavy wear, you have more options as far as the material of your rug is concerned. Here is a great description of different rug types and how they work with traffic in your home by West Elm:
Dhurries + Kilims
Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.
Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.
Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.
Overdyed + Distressed Rugs
Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that’s good for moderate foot traffic.
I am looking for the perfect blue rug for my room. Here are some rooms that I am drawing some inspiration from:
SO, are you ready to help me choose? Just as a reminder, here is the room we are starting with:
Here are the rugs I have narrowed it down to:
Which one is your favorite? You are helping me decide, so let me know your opinion! 🙂
If you are in the market for a great blue rug, here are a few more of my favorites:
If you are looking for tips on how to choose the right rug for another room in your home, here are some more rug buying tips:
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