How to Pick the Perfect Rug for your Bedroom
Making design decisions gets a whole lot easier if you follow the S-A-S-S-Y design solution!
S (size) - A (aesthetic) - S (scale) - S (space) - Y (why?)
By considering each design element in turn, and then your answers as a whole, you will always end up making the most practical and tailored choice. Today’s problem – how to select the best rug for your bedroom? I actually like to start with the letter ‘Y’ and then work my way backwards, but you can go in any order you like – just make sure you have considered your answer to each ‘letter’s’ design question before heading to the store.
Designer: Steven Gambrel
If you have been following along you will know that we have covered this in detail over the last couple of months. To summarize – the size depends on the type of bed you own and your budget. For the details on how to select the best rug size for your bedroom head on over to these earlier posts….
A rug quite literally grounds a space and since it will end up covering a large portion of your flooring, its pattern and texture will be important design elements in your bedroom. A sisal or woven rug will wear well and add a casual relaxed vibe, but may feel rough on bare feet in the morning. A silk will add a sense of luxury, a cushy landing spot and a soft sheen, but may not be the best choice for a household full of kids and pets. Do you want to add some color or pattern to your bedroom? Rugs are a great way to add interest to a room, but remember that a solid color or small scale all over design will work better than a center design, most of which will be hidden under the bed. Design Tip: I like to work from the ground up in a bedroom, selecting the rug first and then coordinating paint color and bed linens (since these options are more numerous).
Designer: Erin Feasby |Photographer: Tracy Shumate
We already looked at the size of the rug in relation to the size of the bed – one factor of scale. But, in a bedroom, where space is often limited, we should also consider the size of the rug in relation to the size of the room. Unless you decide to go with wall-to-wall carpet, a rug should allow some breathing room for the flooring. I like to allow 12 – 18″ of floor space between the rug and the walls.
Designer: Barbara Purdy & Olivia Botrie | Photographer: Michael Graydon
A rug also needs to be functional for the space. What does that mean? That means we need to look at the other furniture pieces in the room and ensure they all function effectively once the rug is added. So do the side tables tip backward because the front feet are on the rug and the back are off? Just add furniture lifts to correct the problem. Do the closet doors, french doors, bedroom doors catch on the rug when opening or closing. Believe me that will get tiring after a well – either choose a flatter weave rug or shave the bottom of your doors to provide clearance. If you selected a budget conscious 2×3′ or 3×5′ rug for the guest room, did you make sure it is not a tripping hazard – a rug mat or rug tape are a must where children or the elderly are using the space and the rug is not weighed down by the bed.
When making any design decision don’t forget to ask yourself WHY?! Whether it is evaluating a full reno or just buying a home accessory, you need to ask yourself ‘Why do I want this?’ In the case of a rug your answer to the question might be multi-fold – do you hate cold floors in the morning? – make sure your rug sticks out enough to keep your first few steps toasty. Are you trying to cover up less than ideal flooring? – opt for the largest rug possible, allowing for scale. Do you want to dampen the noise of your kid’s playing in their room in the morning? – select a thicker pile rug and use a rug pad. Whatever the reason, knowing what you want and then applying the “rules” of the SASSY Design Solution will allow you to narrow down the options and make the best choice for you and your space.