Below is an interview I did with the good kids at Goodweave.
It's about choosing and purchasing the right type of rug for your specific situation and if I can leave you just one bit of "sage rug advice" it would be:
I've seen many too small rugs in rooms that look like an after thought. A larger rug will make a small room feel bigger and ground a large room as well as set the tone for all that will be place on this new, grand, statement making rug purchase of yours (it helps if you hear the movie trailer guy voice in your head when reading this--"In a World....")
You can also view some of the gorgeous rugs that are available
from their certified retailers, like the ones pictured above--Enjoy.
I’ve just moved into a new home and starting to furnish it from scratch. Which comes first, the rug or the furniture?
There are no hard or fast rules when planning a room since it varies based on what your needs are and what you are starting out with. That being said, you can build a room around a great rug. Your rug needs to be big enough to fill a space, and can help bring in color, texture and pattern to set the tone for your room. You can also use it as a spring board for room color(s).
How do I determine what the ideal size and shape for a rug should be given the dimensions of the room?
I always prefer a bigger rug. I've seen too many small rugs make a small room look tinier and a large room feel incomplete. If you're using a rug in a living room, a good rule of thumb is to make sure the rug will go under at least the first set of legs of a traditional seating arrangement (sofa facing chairs).
How should I use the colors and patterns in the rug I’ve chosen as my base to select furniture, accessories and wall colors?
Look for the least represented color in your new rug. Pull that color out for possible wall color or fabrics. If that color is too bold or not the right hue for you, play with the tone. I'm also a fan of mixing your styles a bit. If you've chosen a contemporary rug, partner it with some traditional furnishings; if you’ve gone classic with your rug, mix it up with some modern pieces. When styles are too similar, I feel that they cancel each other out and your eye loses the specialness of the individual design.
A quality area rug can last a lifetime. How can I select a rug that will allow me to update the rest of my home decor from time to time without having to buy a new rug?
A high quality rug is a long-term investment. Don't lead your style decision with trends. Stay with the classics, regardless of style. Also, if you’re not comfortable with mixing patterns and textures, keep your rug neutral and a great foundation for changing looks in fabric, furniture and accessories.
What are other things to look for in a rug?
First, consider your lifestyle... Do you have pets? Kids? Lots of foot traffic? Allergies? Be sure to let your rug dealer know your concerns. GoodWeave can help you find reputable dealers that sell rugs that are certified child labor free. The more information you gather and share with whoever is helping guide your purchase, the more likely you will make a decision that you’ll be happy with in the long run.