How To Choose The Perfect Rug for Your Space

How To Choose The Perfect Rug for Your Space

Posted by McPhails Furniture on 28th Nov 2023

When it comes to home décor, few elements can transform a room as effectively as a well-chosen rug. Whether you're looking to add a pop of colour, define different areas in an open space, or create a cosy atmosphere, selecting the right rug is crucial. In this guide, we'll explore some tips and tricks to help you pick the perfect rug for your space.

Consider the Room's Purpose: Before you start browsing rug options, think about the room's function. A bedroom might require a soft and plush rug for comfort, we recommend our Cambridge Rug, while a dining area would benefit from something more durable and easy to clean such as the Auburn Rug.

Size Matters: The size of your rug is critical for achieving the right look. In a living room, for example, your rug should be large enough to fit all the front legs of your furniture on it. In a bedroom, you might choose a smaller rug that just sits under the bed. 

Color and Style: The color and style of the rug should complement your existing decor. Consider the color scheme of your room, the style of your furniture, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. A bold or colorful rug like our Elmore Rug in Ivory Sage can be a statement piece, while a neutral rug like our Abbeywood Rug in Ivory can provide a calming backdrop.

Material Selection: Rugs come in various materials, each with its own characteristics. Wool rugs are soft and cozy, while synthetic materials like polypropylene are durable and easy to clean. Natural fibers like jute and sisal add a touch of texture to a room.

Maintenance and Cleaning: Think about the practicality of the rug. If you have kids or pets, a high-pile, light-colored rug might not be the best choice. Consider the ease of cleaning and maintaining the rug in the long run.

Pattern or Solid: Decide whether you want a patterned rug or a solid-colored one like our Waldara Rug pictured below. Patterned rugs can add visual interest to a room, but they should coordinate with your other decor elements.


Choosing the perfect rug for your space involves careful consideration of the room's purpose, size, color, material, maintenance & pattern. By keeping these factors in mind and trusting your instincts, you can select a rug that not only complements your decor but also adds warmth and style to your living spaces. Happy rug shopping!