Choosing the Best Area Rug for Your Space

Figuring out the right shape and size for an area rug can differ with each room in your home. Follow these expert tips to help you choose the best rugs to suit your home.

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Gray Bedroom To fill out space in a large bedroom, fit an area rug no more than two feet under one side of the bed, the side that opens out into the room. Design by Donald Hill Interiors

In the dining room, designers suggest centering the furniture over the rug and choosing a rug that fits the shape of the table. If you have a round table, place a round area rug underneath. "The round shape in a square room can help soften the space," says Sigal.

"In a bedroom, rugs are a great way to make the room feel more cozy by adding them alongside the bedroom furniture," says Beatty. You can also place one under the end of the bed, letting the rug extend into the room to pull a large space together. 

The outdoor area, while often overlooked, can also be a great place for an area rug. Sigal says to experiment with shapes and textures that mimic the outdoor space and to purchase textiles that are made for outdoor use.

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