Creating Flow with Rugs

Parsons table, Soren chair

Parsons table, Soren chair

Area rugs are a terrific solution for tying adjacent rooms together because they help define and anchor spaces. Before you purchase one, think about how the room will be used and the amount of traffic it receives. Consider the material of the rug, including the density of the fibers and whether it’s synthetic or natural, to ensure it meets your needs. Wool rugs (like our Arden collection) are naturally soil resistant, making it a great fit for an entry way or mud room. Woven vinyl rugs (such as the Chilewich basketweave mat) are optimal in the kitchen or dining area—their durability can withstand high traffic and whatever spills life (or kids) throw at it.

Rug pads are also a smart purchase. It adds an extra layer of cushioning between the rug and floor and keeps the rug in position (no more living room slip n’ slide!). This helps increase the life of the rug, and lessen the overall wear and tear.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect rug, create a cohesive look between rooms with designs that complement (rather than perfectly match) the furnishings in a space. Choose a color that unites different textures of rugs, or play with a similar pattern in different colors. One unifying element—color, pattern or texture—creates a nice transition from room to room.

Hutton sofa, Shoowa rug

Hutton sofa, Shoowa rug

So, whether you live in a studio apartment, downtown loft or sprawling lakeside home, let us help you create flow and pick the perfect rug for your home. Our expert Design Associates are ready to answer your questions and help you make the most of your space.

Photos by Room & Board

2 Responses to “Creating Flow with Rugs”

  1. chuckles51

    I’ve been looking for a square rug -8′ x 8′. I’ve been to multiple flooring stores where the only way to get a square rug is to have it made from carpeting. That’s ok, but it limits design choices in terms of color combination/pattern options. One store told me they had 3 requests for square area rugs in 2 weeks! I’ve found square styles offered online only. I won’t buy a rug like that online because it’s too difficult to tell if the rug will work in the intended space and then there’s the back-and-forth shipping if it doesn’t work out. So I guess I’ll have my rug made by a carpeting store and color-wise, just have it blend in with my concrete floors. Your thoughts?

    • Lyndsay LeClair

      We’re so glad you asked–we have a great option for you! Nearly all of our rugs are available in custom sizes, so you can easily order an 8×8. We also offer rug samples (for a refundable $25 + free shipping both ways) so you can see how the colors and patterns will look in your home before you commit. We hope you’ll love your rug–but if not, we have free return shipping and a low restocking fee for custom items. You can see all of our custom rugs online.
      And let us know if we can help–800.301.9720 or


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