Room-Size Rugs. When choosing room-size rugs, a good rule of thumb is to measure the room and ensure there will be approximately 18 to 24 inches of space between the rug and the wall on each side. This will help you achieve a balanced look that is not crowded or overbearing. If you are using the rug to cover a hardwood floor, this also allows some of the beauty and sheen of the base flooring to add a touch of elegance to the room by providing your guests with a glimpse of the wood around the borders of the space.
Just about any home can be improved with the use of area rugs of good design and quality. These bound carpets come in many sizes from 2 feet by 3 feet to room size or common sizes like 6 foot by 9 feet or 4 feet by 6 feet. They come round, square, rectangular, oval and in runners for steps and hallways. Wall to wall carpet in 12 and 15 foot goods can be cut and bound into area rugs or the makers can weave or tuft these small carpets as the end result. Where ever you need a little break from hard surface flooring, or to cover a worn area in carpet, consider adding an area rug.
Color-wise, rugs that are placed on receiving areas should have a light and soft shade; thus, giving the room a warm and cozy feel. Should you place rugs under dark-colored furniture that you intend to make the center of attraction, make sure you select lighter toned rugs and simpler designs to highlight the fixtures. This also works with hardwood floors of darker shades. Nonetheless, if you plan to set an area rug as the focal point of the room, select rugs with intense colors and intricate designs; provided that the rooms motif is simple and wouldn't contrast with the rug's pattern.