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The right rug can be the perfect way to tie a room together and add extra comfort to your floors. Picking out the right rug is the key to long-term happiness with your choice. Luckily, the process of selecting rugs for your home is simple. Follow this easy process from Pottery Barn to narrow down your options and make the best possible selection.

Choosing Rugs by Size and Shape

The size and shape you choose for your rug should be dictated primarily by the space in which you plan to place it. Choose a large area rug only for rooms where that large scale makes sense. The inverse isn't necessarily true, though. Small rugs can work well in large rooms as long as they're selected and arranged carefully. For example, a living room setup with distinct seating areas can easily accommodate several smaller rugs in each seating cluster. As for shape, it's generally best to choose a rug that suits the proportions of the room, especially when you're working with a larger rug. Long, narrow rooms do best with rectangular rugs, while evenly proportioned rooms usually look best with a rug in circle or square shapes.

Choosing Rugs by Material and Pile

The material and thickness of the rug you choose can have an impact on the way it looks and feels in your home. Rugs with a plush mid to deep pile are usually made from wool and other thick fibers, making for a soft and luxurious feel on the feet. Natural plant-based fibers like sisal and jute are durable choices for entryways, kitchens and other areas where foot traffic is high. Low-pile rugs tend to be a good choice for high-traffic areas as well because they don't show footstep compression as much and are generally easier to clean with a quick shake or vacuum. Thick rug pads can add extra plushness and comfort to low-pile rugs, so don't shy away from this practical option for high-traffic areas - you'll get comfort and convenience all in one..

Choosing Rugs by Room

The rug you choose may need to fit in with the existing decor in your home, or with the unique design needs of a particular room. A dining room rug, for example, should typically be large enough to allow for diners to push their chairs back without getting caught on the edge of the rug. Due to the presence of food in the room, dining room rugs should also typically be easy to clean, with low-pile options generally being a good idea. Bedroom rugs, on the other hand, should maximize comfort with soft materials that feel good on bare feet. You'll also want to think about how the rug matches with duvet cover sets and other existing prints and colors in the space. If there are already a lot of prints in the room, you may want to go with a solid-color rug or one with a subtle monochrome print to avoid making the room feel too busy.

Ultimately, the rug you choose should reflect your personal style and lifestyle priorities. Remember that many rugs come in a variety of different colorways and sizes, giving you the ability to further refine your selection and choose the perfect rug.