Ultimate Guide for Rug Picking

A good interior designer plays with the architectural design and enhances the space with details that blend perfectly with its surroundings while gluing every other piece together. One of this pieces and, arguably, the most important item of a room is a rug. 

For open living and dining rooms, rugs can work as a sort of separation. Different rugs can draw boundaries between the two spaces in the absence of walls. In the case of a bedroom, it can give it a cozy feeling, replacing an, otherwise, empty space with warmth. 

Each piece of furniture fits together but it is a well sized, well picked rug that plays a pivotal role in glueing all of it together and make it work. But we know that choosing the right rug can sometimes be overwhelming and pricey, so take a look at our ultimate guide to pick the right rug.

Living Room

For living rooms, the right sized rug is always the biggest. This time, size matters and the bigger the better! 

Of course, we know that the bigger the rug the more expensive and the harder it is to find. If you are lucky enough to find a rug as big as your living room and can afford it, go for it. But for mere mortals like ourselves, a smaller rug can still work perfectly. 

Small: One of the most important things to note is that smaller rugs have to, at least, match the length of the couch or couches. Place the rug at least 15cm away from the furniture but not more than 20cm or the gap will be too big. 

Good Enough: This size is big enough to go under the legs of your couch while still covering most of the living room space.  

Perfect Size: Covers the whole space. This gives the room a luxurious look, thanks to big rugs being expensive. 

Round Rugs: Stick to small sizes. It either has to be small enough to not go under the couch’s legs or  big enough to cover the whole couch. Otherwise, the round edges will show and disrupt the aesthetic.

Rebellious: If you want to go for a more daring look, try a mix of 2 different rugs. Just make sure both match the colour palette of your vision board. Another alternative is using a nested configuration where a smaller rug overlaps a bigger one. This works greatly if you have two accent colours that you want to mix. 

Dinning Room

The most important part of dinning room rugs is to match the shape of your dinning table. Stick to round rugs for round tables and so on with other shapes. In terms of size, make sure the rug covers the table and all the chairs. If possible, allow for about 10cm of extra space for when the chairs are moved.

If there isn’t a rug big enough to cover all the chairs, stick to thin rugs. This will allow you to conceal the missing fabric easily. Or try and put 2 rugs together. If your budget allows it, this trick works like a charm and barely anyone will notice. 


Having a rug in your bedroom can have different functions but one of the most important ones is to bring warmth to the space. If you have hard floors, having a rug is a must but even with carpet a rug can have the desire effect. 

As a general rule, the rug should stop shy of the bedside table. Leave a gap to allow for small furniture , and avoid having your rug sitting against the wall.  

The perfect sized rug will cover 3/4 of the bed plus some space in front and leave 1/4 or around 15cm free. 

However, if you are planning on buying a round rug, a smaller size is better. If your bed is off-centre, make sure your round rug position is as well. 

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Don’t be scared of playing with shapes, sizes and materials. Rugs are not only to protect the floor but for aesthetic purposes. Use it as an accessory to compliment your room and give it that extra boost. 

If you are designing everything on your own, check our latest post “5 Top Secret Interior Design Tips” and learn how to create spaces full of flavour just like any interior design firm in Sydney would.


Written by EB

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