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We’re in “the last two weeks” of construction in the new apartment. I put that in quotes because it’s been that last two weeks for quite some time now. I think we’re close, so I’ve been shopping like a mad woman trying to furnish the place. Rugs are my latest obsession. I want something that looks good, feels good and doesn’t cost a fortune. That’s out there, right?
Before choosing a rug, I asked myself these six questions. I googled this, so trust me. Ha!
Which rug material works best? Think of high traffic areas and comfort. I’m thinking something with a lower pile and easy to clean for high traffic areas. The plush, shag rug I’m going to save for the bedroom. I’m thinking this would be a good budget option.
Who uses the room? Rugs can be a bit of an investment. Keep in mind what happens on and around the rug. Do I want an expensive, hard-to-clean rug in a kid’s room? Probably not. Baby will have this playmat in his room. More about that here. I might layer in another rug for more coverage.
Where is the main seating area? Rugs can define seating areas of a space. If you have an open concept living/dining/family hang out area, rugs can anchor where you are.
What is the color palette of the space? Think about what the rug is going to sit with. If you go bold on the rug and treat it like a piece of artwork, go neutral with the furniture to showcase the rug. If you have a statement piece of furniture, let the rug compliment that piece instead of compete with it.
What size rug do I need? I’ve been using this Emily Henderson blog post as a guide for finding the right size rug. I have this inexplicable fear that I’ll choose the wrong rug size and throw off the look of the entire room. It’s a lot to take in, but it calms me to read it. There’s even a section on what to if you find yourself in a situation where you have to have a rug that’s too small.
Do I need a rug pad? The short answer is probably. Rugs pads protect your floors. Get to know your floors. My floors are hardwood, so I’m definitely using a rug pad, as it provides insulation, absorbs the impact of your footsteps and minimizes slippage.
Ok, now that I know what I’m looking for, I can start. I know, it’s a lot. Another one of my favorite bloggers to read, Nicole DelaCruz (www.inspireddesigntalk), compiled an extensive list of where to buy rugs here. This list has been super helpful with my rug search journey.
If you’re in the market for a new rug, rugs just went on sale from a bunch of retailers. This Arhaus one is 25% off. It’s definitely an investment, but it can also be the centerpiece of a room. I love the ombre effect the rug has. West Elm, Pottery Barn, CB2, etc, all have great options that are on sale. Z Gallerie is doing a floor to ceiling sale. Everything is up to 25% off. Rugs are 20% off, right now!
If you’re on a budget, Overstock and Rugs.com are great resources. I think this might be the winner for the master bedroom. And it’s an extra 10% off. You know I love a good discount. The living room I’m still undecided. There are so many options! I will say that I love the visual search feature at Rugs.com. The site throws a bunch of pictures in front of you and you click on the ones you like. Each time you click, the algorithm adjusts so you see more of what you like. I think it’s genius! Also, Target has great affordable options for under $200! This one caught my eye. I think it’s interesting and a little boho. Not every rug has to be expensive to look good.
See more of my picks below. There is something for every budget. Happy shopping!