One of the first things on our list to purchase for our new home is a rug for the family room. We had carpet in the old house so this hardwood floor is taking some getting used to. I think it is beautiful but we are ready to cozy it up a bit. For now, we have an old wool rug (5 x8) under the coffee table but we definitely need something bigger.
The question is how big? My ideal is to have it under all of the furniture, like in this picture.
The above swoon-worthy space is very similar to our new arrangement in the family room. Right now with the little rug under the coffee table it feels like we are a tiny island in the great big ocean. I’d rather there be more land and less sea if you get my analogy.
I looked in my design books to see if there were any rug rules. I’m a rule follower by nature so I can’t help but seek a little guidance. According to various sources, if furniture is floating in the room, than the rug should go under all of it. If it is not floating (against a wall) than it is okay meeting the furniture or under the first two legs.
So according to that rule, the above picture from Pottery Barn breaks the rules. I know I just said that I’m a rule follower by nature but I don’t typically follow many design rules. With all the window mistreatments, beadboard wallpaper, and faux moulding in blogland I’m thinking that skirting the rules is okay when it comes to design.
Either way I like both pics! I’d really like a big rug but the tough part is going to be finding one to fit our budget. Geez Louise are rugs expensive. Sorry, Lacey, but you can’t go to college because we wanted a rug for the family room. I am on the hunt & I usually find what I’m looking for but this time may be an exception. We’ll see. I do like a challenge. I can be patient if I need to be.
What do you think of rug rules? Are you by the book or do you make your own rules?