How to Choose an Area Rug for Your Bedroom
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How to Choose an Area Rug for Your Bedroom

June 8, 2016

by Andrew Schneider Home Decor Specialist

Area rugs provide a wealth of benefits to your bedroom. Not only do they add an element of style and help show off your individual personality, they deliver functional benefits as well. You can hide that annoying stain on your carpet that you've tried diligently to remove, or you can use the rug to buffer some of the noise from walking around. A perfect area rug delivers warmth to your feet when you first step out of bed on cold mornings, and a large rug can help define specific areas of your bedroom to create a more intimate setting. Aside from these benefits, some more obvious reasons to use a modern rug includes protecting your solid floors underneath from damage, and by pulling all of your style elements together to complete your room decor. Before you shop for a rug, it's important to access what you need in order to get the most out of your purchase.


Large White Area Rug

Determining Rug Size

Choosing the right style for your area rug is generally about personal preference and balance. If the bedding and furniture in your master bedroom is upholstered in a solid color, it's a good idea to choose a lively pattern. Paisley and Oriental rugs are ideal decorative choices. For rooms adorned with artwork and patterned print comforters, a solid low-pile wool rug is an excellent solution, but don't be afraid to mix and match patterns together.

Traditional Large Area Rug

Choosing the Right Style

Choosing the right style for your area rug is generally about personal preference and balance. If the bedding and furniture in your master bedroom is upholstered in a solid color, it's a good idea to choose a lively pattern. Paisley and Oriental rugs are ideal decorative choices. For rooms adorned with artwork and patterned print comforters, a solid low-pile wool rug is an excellent solution, but don't be afraid to mix and match patterns together.

White and Grey Wool Area Rug

Selecting the Materials

Along with colors and styles, area rugs come in a wide array of materials. While you may be tempted to reach for that furry faux fur rug, it's important to consider how much use your floors see. Silk and fur rugs look nice and add shimmer to your room decor, but If you have pets, it doesn't take long to show wear. Polypropylene rugs and wool area rugs are extremely durable, easy to clean, and simple to maintain, and they stand up nicely to heavy foot traffic. Sisal rugs also stand up attractively to substantial use.

Blue and White Comforter

Choose Your Rug Before Your Accessories

When looking for an area rug for your bedroom, it's best to shop for that item before you purchase other coordinating accessories. The perfect rug that coordinates with your decor can provide a huge impact that ties all the elements of style together, but if you wait until that last throw pillow is added, you may spend months locating the perfect rug to coordinate with your decor.

Children's Area Rug

Selecting Children's Rugs

When choosing a rug for a child's room, you not only want to choose a durable short-pile rug that stands up well to play time, you also want to select a rug that adds personality and character. Look for rugs in a character theme, or choose a rug that serves as a play mat. Just be sure to select a style that is easy to clean, and one that provides a soft and safe environment.

Area Rug Pad

Consider Backing

The final thing to consider when selecting a bedroom rug is the backing material. If you place your rug under furniture, you don't worry as much about it slipping. Bedside rugs should be secure to prevent accidents. Opt for a rug pad that keeps your rug in place, or select a rug that is slip-resistant if you are installing it on solid-surface flooring.