How to Choose Carpets and Rugs That Define the Different Areas of Your Home

Carpets and rugs are vital design components of a cozy home. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, these floor treatments bring vibrancy to rooms and even make the home a much safer place to be, especially if you have really young children. Carpeted floors provide young ones with a softer surface to land when they run and tumble around. Plus, carpets and rugs keep allergens out of the air.

However, picking the right carpets or rugs to define the various areas of your abode beautifully can be a bit tricky. There are different factors to consider such as their style, the way they feel, sizes, and cost. So, to help you make this task significantly easier, here are some tips shared by top interior designers.

For Grand Rooms and Living Rooms

The first thing to do is to identify the shape of the space and how the different pieces of furniture are arranged. Typically, there’s a rectangular layout for such rooms, with one big and long couch, side tables, two armchairs, and a coffee table.

  • For this typical layout, your first option for a carpet or rug should be a rectangular one that is just big enough for all the front legs of the different pieces of furniture (except for the coffee table) to anchor down. This is actually a budget-friendly option because you can draw the central elements closer together if you can only afford a small area rug or carpet.
  • The second option is a much bigger carpet of the same shape that all the central pieces of furniture can be placed on, but can still show off about the original flooring. So, follow the 12×18 inch rule here, which should be easy if you’re using carpet tiles.
  • The third option is the “no legs approach” because the rug is placed under the coffee table and other pieces of furniture are off the rug. This carpet styling trick is ideal if you have a limited budget for a new rug, and you want to use a rug for sunny indoor-outdoor rooms. A nice advantage that comes with this approach is that you can opt for an irregularly shaped rug to use.

For the Stairs

There are two floor treatment options you can consider for stairs: wall-to-wall carpeting and stair carpet runners. There’s really nothing much to the sense of continuity with wall-to-wall carpeting. You can cover the stairs entirely for a seamless appearance, or you can give it the look of a stair carpet runner, which shows off a bit of the original flooring material.

As for stair carpet runners, you can take a more stylish approach by playing with different patterns. You can go for Persian designs, mod Geo prints, Tudor patterns, and others to make your stairs an eye-catching area of your home.

And to make stair carpet runners safer and even more stylish, consider investing in brass rods. The rods create the look of stability for the rug, and they are a nice touch even if the runner is actually glued down.

Bonus tip for stair carpet runners: Low-pile Berber is an excellent choice. It’s not too thick, and it lays flat easily, which are essential factors in preventing people from tripping.

For Bedrooms

Wall-to-wall carpeting is quite ideal for bedrooms because it makes the space cozy. But you also have the options to use smaller carpets that you don’t anchor under side tables, and just placing two small rugs on the “he and she sides” of the bed.

As for material, you can’t go wrong with low-pile Berber or shag carpets because not only are these quite easy to clean (compared to fluffier options), but they are also quite durable, and they have a classic appearance that transcends style trends.

Another advantage of such carpet materials is that they are the perfect base for layering rugs. There’s no issue placing different sizes, shapes, and materials of rugs on top of them to establish the function of specific spots in your bedroom.

For example, you can place a faux cowhide or sheepskin rug in front of the TV to create a much softer seating area for your kids. Or, you can place a dome-shaped rug to define the wife’s makeup corner in the bedroom.

For the Dining Room

According to Maia Roffey of House & Home, the carpet rule to follow is to make sure that the chairs around the dining table do not get caught on the rug all the time.

Therefore, choose a big carpet that leaves about 24 inches of space from the general shape and space of the dining table and chairs. This is because people push out their chairs about 18 inches normally to sit and settle, as well as leave the table.

The same rule applies even if your dining table is round, and your carpet is also round or square-shaped.

Again, the best materials to use are the thinnest and tightly woven fabrics. With these, you automatically lower the likelihood of the carpet snagging the chair legs and causing accidents.

For the Kitchen

It may be best to do without a carpet in the kitchen to make cleanups so much easier. But, if you like warm floors when you’re cooking (especially if you live in a frigid part of the world), it’s best to settle for runners and small “catching” rugs; these are rugs that you place by the sink and fridge to catch spills and keep the floor dry.

Get The Look You Want

These professional carpet and rug tips ensure beauty and function, and they work even in commercial spaces. Here’s a piece of final advice from the pros: If you need a unique rug or carpet to suit your specific requirements, there’s no need to settle for the limited designs available in stores.

You can choose to create the carpet design you want. Top carpet manufacturers can accommodate your requests, and they have representatives from leading carpet distributors to discuss the modifications that you want. This will require more work, but it’s a worthy option if you want the floor treatment to be one of a kind and the perfect one that you need.

Author Bio

James Prathap is one of the Directors of NGC Nafees, top importers, and exporters of wallpapers, floorings, and fabrics in India. The business also offers high-quality panoramics, coordinated fabrics, and creative stickers for residential and commercial projects.


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