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Area Rugs


Area rugs serve a wide variety of purposes in home décor. They can be used to tie the look of a room together much as a scarf pulls an outfit together.  

Area rugs help define separate spaces within a larger room or add a touch of warmth and color to a hardwood or tile floor. They can also serve as a link between rooms. And these are just some of the possibilities.

Because they serve such a wide variety of roles, area rugs come in all shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. Be it wild or subtle, extravagant or simple, these rugs are an easy way to express your decorative flair.

While there's no installation per se, larger area rugs usually require the movement of furniture. The amount of care needed to help maintain the beauty of these rugs will vary according to rug's material and construction as well as the specific usage.

The first rule of choosing an area rug is to understand there really are no rules per se. Since much of the selection process is based on your own personal taste and sense of style, we simply offer some general guidelines instead.


  • Room size rugs should leave a border of 18" to 24" on all sides.
  • Dining room rugs should measure at least 4' longer and wider than the dining room table, so chairs
          will not fall off the rug when pushed back from the table.
  • Hallway rugs should be approximately 2" to 4" narrower and 18" to 24" shorter than the hallway.
  • Other area rugs will vary in size according to need.


  • Try using different patterns that use some common colors in the same room for a coordinated
          look that is also fresh.
  • Don't get boxed in by traditional rectangular or square rugs. Consider oval and round shapes as a way
          to inject new life in a room.


  •  Consider traffic patterns, exposure to spills, and other wear factors when choosing area rugs.
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