To choose a dining room rug that is beautiful and practical, follow these easy tips:
- The right size. In general, area rugs get larger as a room gets larger. In every case, though, a guest should be able to pull out her chair without falling off the edge of the rug.
- It’s not a carpet. If your room is large enough, have at least nine inches between the wall and the beginning of your rug on every side. This will ensure that your area rug does not look like wall-to-wall carpeting. A fine example of this is the image to the right, from Traditional Home magazine.
- Shape. Often, a rectangular rug will go well in a rectangular room, and a square rug looks good in a square room. If you dine in an open space and have a round table, you may want to consider a round rug. However, a round rug may be harder to place if you move homes.
- Trust your instincts. If something about a rug or its placement does not look right to you, trust your instincts. If you’d like a professional opinion, consider hiring a professional interior designer.