5. Choose the right rug for the right space
There are a lot of reasons for buying a rug: a splash of color, a scene-stealing conversation piece, a play area, or just a comfortable space to sprawl on in front of the TV. You can buy the most ornate, sturdy, economical rug in the store, but if it doesn’t accomplish what you want, it’s not a good rug.
If you want to ensure you’re happy with your purchase, don’t impulse-buy something because it’s eye-catching. Have a plan: measure your space, think about what kind of foot traffic it will have to survive, imagine how it will interact with other features in the room such as doorways and furniture.
Also, think about how you use the space, and what kind of visual you want to create. Will the rug really look like it’s part of the room? Or does it look random and unplanned? The design and color of a rug go a long way to determining the mood of a room; is the space about casual conversation? Elegant dining? Family fun? Pick a style, pattern, and color scheme that helps set that tone.