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How To: Choose The Best Rug For Your Floors
August 19, 2019 — No Comments

Choosing The Best Type Of Rug For Your Flooring 

We love talking about rugs but sometimes we get questions about the floors beneath the rugs. Which ones are the best? Can a rug be layered on top of hardwood? Tile? Carpet? How do you maintain your floors with a rug living on top? There are millions of questions, so we figured we might as well address a few of them! So today we are going to chat about hardwood, tile, and carpet, and the best practices for layering area rugs on top of each of these three floors.


What Type Of Area Rug Is Best For Hardwood Floors?kitchen_rug


Hardwood floors and rugs are just meant to be together. It is a classic partnership that will never go out of style. Pretty much any rug can work on a hardwood floor, whether the rug is synthetic or natural, handmade or machine-made, they can all live happily with wood floors. There are two things you should remember when picking a rug to place on your floor.


You want to make sure the rug works with rather than against the wood floors beneath. One look that almost always looks great is picking a rug that is darker or lighter than your floors. This means if you have light wood floors maybe you opt for a darker or bolder rug to give the space a little contrast rather than keeping everything very similar.

Rug Pads

We cannot say this enough, rug pads are one of the most overlooked home items out there. These little guys help keep your rug looking great for longer AND help to keep your rug from slip-sliding around and potentially scratching your beautiful wood floors! Some rugs even come with built-in pads like the Escape rug. This obviously doesn’t work with every rug but it is great for rugs like this one to help keep your rug from sliding around and scratching your floors.


What Color Rug Goes With Dark Wood Floors? 


When picking a rug color, it really is very personal. Everyone has different taste especially when it comes to home decor. With that in mind, there are two ideas that we like to use as guidelines when picking a rug that will live on top of dark floors.


When working with dark flooring, like a dark hardwood, we often prefer to layer a lighter color rug on top. This breaks up the look of the floors and makes sure that the rug doesn’t get lost in the floors. With lighter floors there is a bit more leeway, you can layer a light rug on light flooring and add in contrast with other pieces in the room, but with dark floors, you run the risk of creating a cold dungeon look.

This, of course, is really a pillar of interior design. When designing a room, or buying a rug, or adding a throw pillow, you always want to make sure the colors and designs you are choosing work together rather than fight each other. We go into more detail in our post about  Top 4 Ways a Rug Can Make or Break Your Living Room and How to Pick the Right Rug for You – Patterns on Patterns.


What Type Of Area Rug Is Best For Tile Floors?

Honestly, ANY rug is great for tile floors as long as the color and design work with the tile rather than against the tile. Many tile floors are great canvases for rugs, but some are a little busier when it comes to their design and colors, with those types of tiles, just make sure to pick a rug that complements the tile rather than competes. This can be done by choosing a rug that is more on the tame side, maybe a solid color, or something not too bold, or you can cover the tile completely and make it a complete non-issue and get whatever rug you fancy.

Tile floors, like wood floors, look great when there is a bit of contrast. That contrast can come from the rug you choose, furniture in the room, or even just the textiles like pillows and throws. When using your rug as a contrast, all that really means is if you have light floors, look for a darker or more colorful rug, something that doesn’t blend in with the floors.

Can (And Should) You Use Rugs on Carpet? 

A question we get asked all the time is can you layer a rug on top of another rug or carpet and the answer is YESSSSSS! We talk at length about this subject in our article Layering Rugs: 3 Tips to Help You Master The Art of Doubling Up.

There are a few things to keep in mind when layering rugs.

  1. Always, always, always, make sure to use a rug pad, specifically a felt and rubber grip rug pad.
  2. Make sure the rugs (or rug and carpet) complement each other. You wouldn’t want to layer two rugs that have conflicting color schemes or designs and you also wouldn’t want to layer two rugs that are almost exactly the same. It is all about balance.

You might be wondering at this point, WHY someone would want to layer their rugs. Well, there are tons of scenarios where layering makes a lot of sense.

  1. You move into a new home with ugly old living room carpeting but you, for whatever reason (money, landlords, spouses), cannot replace the flooring. Layering a gorgeous living room rug on top can be a great solution to hide or at least draw the focus away from the ugly carpeting.
  2. Your rug is too small for the space. Maybe you were gifted a beautiful bedroom rug but it is just a bit too small for your bedroom furniture, or maybe you can only afford a smaller size of a rug you really love. There are tons of reasons why this scenario can come up, but there is one awesome and easy solution: find a great (and of course affordable) rug to purchase in a nice large size to place under the smaller rug.
  3. You want to add a little extra texture to your space. This could be adding texture by purchasing a larger natural fiber rug, like a braided jute rug, to use as the bottom layer, or maybe finding a super soft shag rug like or sheepskin rug to layer on top.

How Do You Keep A Rug From Bunching  On  Carpet?

Why do rugs “creep” or bunch on carpet? Well, this is super simple, but rugs creep when layered if they don’t have a solid rug pad holding them down. Rug pads are sometimes seen as unnecessary by customers, but in reality, there are so many benefits! Read all about it on our rug pads page.

Have more questions about choosing the right rug for your floors? Just contact us! We are here for all of your rug related needs!

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