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Choosing the right rug for the room

For a living room to feel pulled together, most designers will tell you, it needs a rug. But rugs can be expensive. And because a large-scale item like that is going to have a big effect on the way a room looks and feels, choosing one can be intimidating. The right rug may live in your home for decades. The wrong rug will serve as a daily reminder of the money you wasted — and the money you’ll have to spend if you want to replace it. And getting it wrong is all too easy, given the range of materials, colors, patterns and sizes available. Finding the ideal rug, observed the New York-based interior designer Celerie Kemble, is a “complicated puzzle.”...

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How to Size an Area Rug

To save you some time, here is the summary: Get the largest size that will fit in your room. All furniture should sit on the rug, which keeps it off the wall and in a tight conversational configuration.

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