One popular room configuration is called a "floating layout", where all of the furniture fits within the borders of the rug. Every leg should rest on the rug, leaving an adequate border around the furniture to nicely frame in a seating or dining area.
Also, the rug size should be large enough to allow a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides. If the room does not allow for symmetrical positioning, choose a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
Entry ways offer a great opportunity for a positive first impression, especially with a round rug or runner. These small spaces usually require a 2' x 3' up to a 4' x 6' rug. Large motifs or medallions can overwhelm a space, however smaller patterns can complement tight quarters and allow the rug to become an accent rather than a focal point.
These long linear spaces can be effectively accented using runners that lead the eye from one area to another. Nothing can transform a boring hallyway like adding the perfect rug.
When considering a rug for the kitchen, think about the space limitations caused by cabinetry, appliances and islands. You may want to consider small rugs in front of task areas, runners or even accent rugs to properly fit the space while softening up the feel of the room.
Bathrooms are small by design, plus you must consider the placement of bath fixtures and vanities with incorporating a rug. You may want to choose a 2'x3', 4'x6' or even a runner to achieve the right feel without overwhelming the space.
A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 3 to 4 feet larger in length and width to the dining room table. You should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table without the chair legs falling off the edge of the rug. For the average dining table and chair grouping, typically an 8'x11' should be the minimal size considered, depending on the size of the dining table-rectangle, square, round, etc.
For an awe-inspiring statement in larger areas, choose a 6'x9', 8'x11' or 10'x13' sized rug. These sizes allow for a greater design pallet, so the motifs and patterns will be prominent and more of a focal point of the roomŽs decor. Make sure you match the size of your furniture grouping by choosing a large enough rug. A rug that fits properly under your roomŽs furniture grouping anchors the elements in the room and visually brings everything together.
For very large spaces, you can always utilize the floating layout as well. With this option, all of the furniture is placed entirely on the rug. This leaves a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides of the rug. If the design of the room does not allow for symmetrical positioning, choose a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
Rugs have the ability to add comfort to any outdoor setting, whether it's a patio seating group or screened-in porch dining area.
Choose a rug large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller areas, a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
You may want a rug large enough to accommodate all of your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.