Rugs provide both beauty and function to a home which is why most people spend a fair amount of time searching for the right one. With so many options available, it can be difficult to make the right choice. While every person may have their own preference, this guide may help to narrow down which modern rugs are best for your home.

Consider Materials

There are endless options when it comes to rugs. However, the material that makes the rug informs its style. The two major categories of rugs include natural fibers and synthetic. Natural fibers such as wool, cotton, silk, and jute are typically durable and long-lasting. However, they may be more expensive and require professional cleaning. Synthetic fibers such as acrylic and polyester are affordable and easy to clean. Unfortunately, they will not last as long. Consider investing in natural fibers for rugs in nicer areas of the home and more affordable ones in children’s rooms or other highly-trafficked areas.

Consider Size and Shape

Before deciding on a rug, you’ll want to think about where it’s going to be located. Will the rug be a statement piece or used to tie the room together? Finding the right size makes a big difference. In general, a rug should cover most of the floor while still giving some natural floor space. Measure the room and then reduce the dimensions by 1-2 feet to get the approximate measurements for the rug. Going much larger or smaller than these dimensions typically doesn’t work well. The only exceptions are a room where the rug should only cover a small portion of the floor such as the kitchen or entryway where a runner size is best.

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Consider the Style

There are many styles available but you’ll typically have to choose a rug which is traditional, contemporary, natural, or bohemian. Natural and traditional rug styles work best when looking for a classic appearance that won’t need much updating over time. Contemporary and bohemian styles are considered more avante-garde. Your aesthetic may be a primary factor when deciding on the style. For example, designing a home in a western style may lead you to a more traditional Navajo or southwest rug style.

Choose the Pile

The pile is the density or thickness of a rug. Rugs which are more coarse will have more pile to them when compared to fine pieces. Typically, rugs fall into the category of low or high pile. Low pile rugs tend to have shorter fibers and loops. They’re best for highly trafficked areas such as the kitchen. High-pile rugs come with taller fibers such as shag or Moroccan rugs. They’re a good option for bedrooms and living rooms. Choose your desired pile for performance and aesthetics. Remember that the thicker the rug, the better its insulation.

Finally, remember to take your time choosing a rug. Use the shape, desired color/design, and guidelines here to guide you to the right choice for your home. With so many choices available today, you’ll have a good chance of finding a great rug that will offer years of use.