How to: Choose the Perfect Rug. Tips from Room & Board.

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Rugs are the number-one way to make a room cozier, in my opinion. It’s so nice to have something soft to wiggle your toes into at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, I’ve found that it can be difficult to find just the right rug, and if you do, the perfect one is usually really expensive. I thought Room and Board’s tips and ideas for choosing a rug were helpful:

•Define Your Space. Open floor plans can create the illusion that your furniture is “floating.” A carefully placed rug will anchor your space and define the area. Choose a rug that complements your décor in a size that works for your furniture, and the room’s traffic pattern. Create a cohesive look between rooms with rugs that complement (rather than match exactly) the furnishings in a space.
•Dine in Style. The soft texture of a rug stylishly complements the lines of a dining table, creating an inviting atmosphere for laid-back meals and lively conversation. Place a colorful rug beneath your dining furniture to create a dramatic space for entertaining. In general, you want to choose a rug that’s large enough so guests can push back their chairs without sliding off.
•Create a Cozier Bedroom. A wool rug adds instant texture and warmth to any bedroom, letting you slumber in comfort and style. Create a perimeter around the lower two-thirds of your bed with a solid-colored rug. Or place small runners along each side. Choose rugs with a deep, plush pile for an irresistibly soft landing.

Now you can be armed with knowledge and prepared with expert techniques when you’re ready to find the perfect floor covering for any room!