It can be tempting to buy a small sized rug and it’s not only because they are so much more affordable. Weavers tend to get extra creative when filling up the smaller space and the result can be simply stunning. You just want to own one of those gorgeous pieces and you think you will be able to place it anywhere because it is smaller in size. However, it does not always work that way.
Biggest Design Mistake: Buying Rugs That Are Too Small
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners commit while choosing a rug is buying one that is too small for the selected space. This can make the room look weird and out of proportion. Also, if a rug is too small for the space it loses its charm and appeal.
Small rugs may look fine in a catalog or magazine. However, this is because the decorators or designers accommodate the right type of furniture and décor to make the rug work. This does not hold true in real life where a small-sized rug could be a designing disaster.
For a living room, the smallest rug size should not be less than eight feet x 10 feet, though 9 feet by 12 feet is the perfect size. Only if you have a really compact and small living room should you go in for a rug that is less than 6 feet x 9 feet.
On the other hand, if you go in for a smaller size than this, the place for it would be the bedroom, at the side of the bed and not the living room where it will look awkward and out of place.
Persian Rug Shapes And Placements
Opt for a shape that you like, but do take into consideration the shape of the room and the place where you want to position the rug. It goes without saying that the size of the Persian rug will ultimately depend on the available space.
Also, don’t forget that if you can place just one Persian rug in the room then it should cover a minimum of one-third of the floor space.
Persian rugs come in a range of sizes.
Rectangular rugs are versatile and can be placed in almost any space, provided that you choose the right size. You can find rectangular rugs in really large sizes which are ideal for a large floor space.
Long and narrow rugs look great when placed in the hallway, door entrance or the stairways.
Round Persian rugs are also available in a range of sizes. These go well in the living room. Try placing the rug under the coffee table to create a focal point in the center of the room.
If you have a perfectly square room, you may want to choose a square Persian rug. Rectangular rugs do not go well in square shaped rooms.
Handy Rug Laying Hints
Here are some tips for laying a rug in any room:
The rug should not touch the wall. There should be about three to eight inches of space between the wall and the edge of the rug.
If you intend placing the rug in the living, remember a large rug should not extend more than two feet beyond the furniture. It will define the space and help to create a focal point.
If you want the rug to bring the different elements of the room together, ensure that it is big enough to accommodate the front legs of all furniture in the vicinity.
You can place a rug in the dining room. However, it should extend anywhere from 18 inches to 24 inches beyond the dining table.