A couple weeks ago, I opened up the Satori Facebook page for another round of reader questions. I’m always curious to see what decorating dilemmas are on your mind. As in the past, I won’t be able to answer all of the questions today, but will try my best to get to as many of them as possible in upcoming blog posts.
Today, I’m focusing on the bedroom area rug.
Small or Large Bedroom Area Rug?
“Hi Shauna, I have a question about master bedroom area rugs. What’s the best way to go? Smaller rugs at the sides of the bed or one large rug (where most of it ends up collecting dust under the bed)?”
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Selecting the right area rug for your bedroom can broken down into 4 simple steps. Keep in mind these are general guidelines and there are always exceptions to every rule.
1) Determine the size.
Before you start shopping around for area rugs, it’s important to consider the size of your bedroom size of your bed, and where you want to place the rug.
For a queen bed, a standard 8 x 10 rug works well. There are two placement options I prefer for a cohesive look.
For a king bed, a standard 9 x 12 area rug is ideal.
The first option is better for smaller bedrooms and option two allows for a bench or two stools to be placed at the end of the bed. It’s what I suggest most of the time.
For a smaller bedroom, select a rug that gives you at least 12-16″ of exposed hardwood between the area rug and wall. It may be necessary to turn the rug lengthwise in certain situations. Make sure there is still ample rug on either side of the bed.
2) Select the color and style.
Take a look at what you currently have in your bedroom.
Are there a lot of solid colors or neutrals? If so, a patterned rug or one with more color will add the right amount of interest.
If your bedroom already has a lot of color and/or busy patterns, a solid color area rug or a simple pattern, such as a stripe, will likely be a better fit.
If you’re redecorating your entire bedroom or starting from scratch, let a new area rug be the inspiration.
As well, think about your style preferences. Are you drawn to traditional rugs, modern rugs or transitional rugs which are somewhere in between.
3) Select the material and weave.
Area rugs are made with a variety of materials using various construction techniques. Each of these result in a different look and feel.
If you’re looking for an element of luxury when you step out of your bed, then choose a rug with a higher pile. If you’re simply adding another layer of texture, think about basic sisal.
4) Set your budget.
Think about your lifestyle, such as whether or not you have pets or children who spend time in your bedroom. I once had a client who came home to nail polish spilled on her expensive new rug. Not a good scenario, but luckily most of it came out.
I suggest spending less on trendy rugs and more on classic styles. Quite often you get what you pay for in terms of shedding and wear, but shop around just to be sure.
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Thanks for reaching out, Tia. To answer your question, I guess it’s dust for you! Be sure to keep us updated on your bedroom!
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