A rug is more than a simple accessory: having the right rugs will change the overall look and feel of a room, and can be key to helping you create a space that feels homely.
This is particularly important in your bedroom, which needs to be a room you feel comfortable and cosy in at the start and end of every day.
A few different factors should come together to help you find the right rug, and the most important are colour, material and size. While these things may seem simple – and a lot of it does come down to personal taste – having some insight from the experts will certainly help you make the right decision.
Let’s talk size first, since it’s arguably one of the most important factors. You want to ensure the rug is big enough to provide full coverage of your room without overwhelming the space. With a bedroom, you also need to think about how the rug will lay in conjunction with the other furniture –particularly the bed. Luckily, there are some simple rules to follow that will help with this. Of course, these are not set in stone, but should go some way to helping you find the right size:
- The largest, 9×12 or 10×14 rugs, should be ideal for a King Bed
- Rugs from 5×7 all the way up to 9×12 can work with a Queen Bed depending on the size of a room. 6×9 will be about right for a Queen Bed in an average-sized bedroom
- 5×7 works well with a Full-Size Bed. However, if you have a larger room or want your rug to really fill the space then consider upsizing slightly
- A twin-size bed will work best with a 5×7 rug
- The smallest, 3×5 rugs can also be used at the side of a Full-Size or Twin bed, or in between two twins.
The colour of the rug can help set the overall mood of the room. While specific design will play a factor, the general rule is that darker colours make a space feel smaller and more intimate, while lighter colours help to open the room up and give it a breezy, brighter feel. Neither is right or wrong: it’s just about choosing what affect you would like to create.
It can also be wise to opt for relatively neutral design, so that the rug can still work if you choose to redecorate or change up your furniture in the future. Finally, think about how you will match the colour to other parts of the room. A rug that matches the walls and furniture too closely may create an odd affect – instead, you want complementary colours that create a point of interest without clashing.
Different materials within your bedroom are particularly important, as they add texture, depth and warmth to a room. Accessories such as pillows and throws are not always enough, especially when you have bare wooden or tiled floors. By choosing a thick looking rug it not only adds warmth visually to a room, and make a space look more interesting, it also adds a soft and comfortable feel under your bare feet.
If you’re also looking to add a rug in your living room HomesAndGardens.com have produced an article in collaboration with Ruggable on “The ideal area rug sizes for a living room“.