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How to Choose the Best Rugs for Your Home

Hardwood floors are much more popular than carpet, so it’s likely that your house or apartment is full of hardwood flooring. While we appreciate the aesthetic value of shiny hardwood floors, we don’t think they’re nearly as comfortable as carpets.


The good news is that you can get the best of both worlds—glossy hardwood floors and warm, cozy carpets—by putting down a few area rugs in your home.


Today we’re going to give you some tips to help you choose the best area rugs for every room in your home so that you’ll always have something soft and warm underfoot!


Kitchens

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Kitchens usually have tile or hardwood floors, which can be tough on your feet and back. Rugs have soft padding that cushions your feet and prevents aches and pains while you’re cooking.

 

We like to put one or two small rectangular rugs in the areas of our kitchen where we stand the most, like right in front of the stove and sink.

 

As for area rug designs, we like bold colors and patterns. Kitchens often look a little monochromatic because of the uniform cabinets, but you can break that up and add a splash of color with a bright patterned rug.

 

We think that the Turkish kilim rug in the photo above would make a great area rug for kitchen floors. Kitchen floors can get pretty dirty, but kilim rugs are durable and easy to clean. If you spill something on it, all you have to do is blot the stain, rinse it with some water, and blot the rug again to remove the excess liquid. No harsh chemical cleaners required!

 

This rug has a bright color palette that we love—it’s full of warm reds and purples that will make your kitchen cozier. We also appreciate that this rug has some neutral colors like grey, white and soft black that will match your cabinets and countertops. If some of the colors in the rug you choose match the furniture, accessories, and design elements that are already in your kitchen, it will tie the whole room together.

 

Living Rooms and Dining Rooms

 

Living rooms and dining rooms just aren’t complete without area rugs! Rugs help anchor your furniture and define the seating area in these two rooms, especially if you have an open floor plan. Living rooms rooms without rugs feel a little empty, and dining rooms without rugs tend to look unfinished, so we think that you should invest in some rugs for these two spaces.

 

When it comes to area rug placement in living rooms, there are a few rules you should follow. Ideally, all of the legs on your couches and chairs should be able to fit on the rug you pick. You should measure your seating area so that you know how big the rug needs to be to accommodate all of your furniture.

 

If you fall in love with a rug that’s too small, though, you can put the front legs of your couch on the rug and leave the back legs on the floor. Doing this still helps define the seating area without requiring a large area rug.

 

In dining rooms, you’ll want to make sure that the rug is big enough to provide at least two feet of extra space around your table and chairs. That way you’ll have enough room to pull the chairs out from under the table and sit comfortably without scratching up your hardwoods.

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When choosing a color and pattern for your new rug, you should consider the color of the other furnishings in your room. If your living room has a mostly neutral color palette, adding a bright patterned rug will make it more visually interesting. We think that the rug in the photo above would look great in a room that has a warm, neutral color palette with lots of beige, white and brown furnishings. The warm yellow, red, and beige tones in the rug will compliment your neutral furniture while adding a splash of color and a boho-chic vibe to the room.

 

If some of your main furnishings are already colorful, a neutral rug may suit the space better. With that being said, putting a colorful patterned rug in a room that already has some color can definitely work.

 

Take a look at the photo above. The burnt orange couch blends beautifully with the patterned rug because both pieces have a similar color palette. The warm reds and oranges in the area rug compliment the rusty colored couch. The rug even has some grey tones that mesh well with the metallic grey coffee table.

 

So if you can, try and find a patterned rug that has similar colors to the furnishings that are already in your room. Using a rug that fits into your room’s existing color palette will make your design much more cohesive.

 

Bedrooms

In the bedroom, we like to put a small area rug on each side of the bed so we have something soft and warm to put our feet on when we wake up. The end of the bed is also a nice place for area rugs.

 

You may think that a soft, fluffy shag rug is the best area rug for bedrooms. Even though they’re cozy, we don’t like to put shag rugs in our bedrooms because they’re not the most durable type of rug. Like most other tufted rugs, shag rugs won’t last for more than a few years in high traffic areas and have a thick, high pile that’s hard to clean.

 

We like to use hand-knotted rugs in our bedrooms and throughout our home because they’re the most durable type of rug that money can buy. Hand-knotted rugs like the Anatolian kilim rug shown in the photo above last for decades and are often passed down in families as heirlooms.

 

We love the character of Anatolian kilim rugs—they have geometric patterns and bright, playful colors that add charm to every room. Bedrooms don’t have as much space for accessories as other rooms in the house, so we like to put down a bold rug like this one to keep the room from looking bland.

 

There you have it! Those are our tips for choosing the best area rugs for your living room, bedroom, kitchen, and dining room. If this post helped you pick a carpet, share a picture of it with us on social media—we’d love to see it! #authenturkish

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