When it comes to rugs, size is number one. It is the first thing you need to concentrate on before progressing to rug design, colour and composition. The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and creating balance. It is the invisible wall in open plan living and will define the area. The correct size rug will enhance the room and bring everything together. Go for the largest size that fits your budget, as it will unify the room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small will bring the eye in and therefore make your room look smaller and also tends to make furniture look disconnected. The images below illustrate the various sizes of the rugs in regards to your room and how they can be arranged.
Ideally, all furniture (including lounge and single chairs) should sit on the rug (Option A). A room will look bigger and connected if all the furniture’s legs are planted firmly on the rug.
If this isn’t possible, it’s okay to have the front legs of the lounge/s on the rug and the back legs off, but all the legs of single chairs should be on the rug (Option B). This option will still connect the various furniture pieces together.
For a dining room, the rug should be in proportion to the table. The rug should be long and wide enough so there is sufficient space to pull out a chair and sit down without the back legs coming off. We recommended allocating at least 70 centimetres in each direction larger than the table to get the ideal size.
The rug should also accentuate the shape of the table. If you have a round table, choose a round rug!