Custom Area Rugs: 4 Interior Designers’ Tips

Area rugs can bring the entire room together — just ask any interior designer. Room-size rugs can unify a space’s color scheme, aesthetic, and style. But they can also fall flat or become an eyesore if they aren’t chosen carefully. If you’re considering an area rug for your space, here are a few tips from some of the top designers in the industry.

Joanna Gaines: Consider size and placement. Wife, mom, and queen of shiplap-inspired design, Joanna Gaines insists that “size plays a critical role” in terms of area rug choice for a room (we agree!). Joanna even provides a rug buying guide for size and placement by room. In particular, she notes that an area rug “should fit under every key furniture piece in the room, including the sofa, armchairs, side tables, and coffee table,” with the front two legs of each furniture piece on the rug.

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Emily Henderson: Choose a timeless design. An area rug can feel like the best design decision you ever made or a big mistake if your pattern of choice goes out of style. As Emily Henderson advises, choose an area rug with a design that is “truly timeless.” Emily suggests “Persians, Kilims, Moroccan motifs, stripes, plaids, and simple patterns.” Solids and neutral colors are safe bets, too.

Robert and Cortney Novogratz: Go for durable rugs and don’t be afraid of taking a risk. Parents of seven, Robert and Cortney Novogratz are no strangers to a busy household with lots of foot traffic. As such, they recommend families look for area rugs that “not only look great but also last.” Durability is key. The Novogratzs’ affinity for “fun and whimsical” colorful rugs leads to their second piece of advice: “Take a chance!” If you find an area rug is too bright or bold for a living space, you could always move it into a bedroom or more private area.

Nate Berkus: There are no rules – layer away! Interior designers don’t always agree on one path for great home design. In the case of area rugs, ours are open to multiple possibilities. As Nate says: “There really are NO RULES, and layering multiple rugs or putting runners at an angle are a lot more interesting than a standard rectangle area rug. That’s very good news for all of us, because those big rugs are expensive!” Not sold on one area rug or pattern? Consider layering multiple shapes, sizes, and patterns for an eclectic, relaxed look.

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Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company: Find your perfect fit. At Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company, we can help you find the perfect area rug and flooring for your home. Visit our showroom or contact us to give your space the finishing touch that brings it all together.