From Size to style – How to pick the best rug for your space

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Area rugs are a key item in furnishing a space. A rug will warm up a room, define a space, and give it a punch of personality.

When designing a room I most often start with the area rug by determining whether or not we want the floor to pop with colour and pattern or blend and compliment the décor. Whether you are looking to anchor a room or add a punch of colour; a bold, graphic or colourful rug will be sure to add style to your space.

There are so many options when selecting an area rug from making an investment and select a hand knotted piece that will become a family heirloom to simply having a broadloom cut to size to soften your room underfoot and define your space.


Hand knotted, hand tufted, machine knotted, dhurie, shag or broadloom; there are so many types of rugs which all have different looks and pricepoints.

When selecting a style of rug for your room, keep in mind the function of the space to help you make your decision.

If it is a rug for your foyer, most often you would want a rug that is durable and can be easily cleaned. In this case we would suggest an indoor/ outdoor rug like this one from Dash & Albert:

Selecting a rug for your family room for a busy family with children and pets; a wool hand knotted or tufted rug will be durable and easy to clean. Likewise a patterned broadloom cut to size is a more economical solution that will give you the perfect fit.   Shag rugs have made a comeback and the family room or bedroom are wonderful places to use it.   Install a plush underpad under your shag rug to heighten the luxurious plush feeling.

I love the stylish broadloom patterns that Stark offers. Available through Elte in Toronto

If you have a more formal room, invest in a hand knotted area rug to give it the added luxury it deserves. Hand knotted and tufted rugs are not only beautiful, they are made to last decades and made by hand for you by skilled craftsmen. Silk is added to wool rugs for an added texture and sheen and make for a beautiful work of art for your floor. Wool and silk rugs are ideal for that special living room, dining room, or bedroom. It is possible to have a hand knotted rug customized; you can specify the colour, and size to create a one of a kind piece for your home, although they will take months to create.

The right fit

Measuring the size of area rug for your space is very important. If it is a living room you want at least all or a few inches past front feet of your furniture to sit on the rug. For under your dining table, you want to make sure there is enough room for your dining chairs to be pulled out so they are not only half resting on the rug. Under your bed, I like to position the rug just in front of the nightstands so they still rest on the floor, then 2-3’ beyond the foot of the bed and at least the width of your nightstands.


Yes you can put an area rug on top of your broadloom. This works great in your bedroom under your bed to highlight your space. Also layering area rugs on top of each other is a great effect. Mix your textures and colours of rugs being layered.


Rug pads prevent slipping and shifting of your rug and if you get a plush underpad it will add a layer of comfort underfoot. I recommend using plush underpads under broadloom, flat weave rugs and places where you want to add extra softness under foot. For hand knotted rugs and areas where you may not have clearance for a thick rug like under a door swing, the rubber mesh underpads are best to prevent the rug from slipping.