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How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Home

When it comes to your home’s interior decor, nothing makes or breaks how a room looks quite like a rug can. A tasteful rug can elevate a room’s aesthetic. However, the wrong rug throws off a space’s cohesiveness. It’s a decision that requires more nuance than others expect. 

For one, there’s a multitude of styles to choose from. Rugs differ according to material, style and pile height (thickness). You’ve got to consider many things when picking the right rug, and we’re going to cover a few of them in our blog today.

As mentioned earlier, there are three primary factors every rug buyer should consider:

  1. A rug’s material
  2. Its style & make
  3. Its pile height (thickness)

The combination of these characteristics helps determine the rug’s durability, its washability & how vibrant the rug’s colors will be. The three factors will also help buyers determine which rug is best for a specific task. Let’s break it down.

For High Foot Traffic Areas

If you’re going to place a rug somewhere with a lot of people walking around, you’re going to want to prioritize durability above all else. The most durable rugs are usually flat pile, hand-knotted rugs. Unlike thicker rugs whose materials get pressed down and worn out by constant foot traffic, flat pile rugs can take the abuse with ease. 

In fact, if you opt for a flat pile rug in wool or some natural fiber, you’ve got a rug that you can pass down for generations. That is if it’s taken good care of.

Something Soft & Luxurious

You might want to feel like you’re walking on clouds in your home, and that’s okay. If you pick the right rug, you’ll get pretty close to that feeling. Rugs come in several plush materials. We recommend that rug-buyers check out shag, faux fur and chenille offerings. Softer rugs feel their best at thicker pile heights, and make sure you get a tufted, looped or hooked rug – these styles feel the plushest.

How Do I Style My Rug?

Cohesiveness is the biggest aspect of your rug selection. A rug, a room and the surrounding furniture work as a team. A rug may be an incredible player, but if they don’t mesh with the rest of the team, you can’t win. You’ve got to take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this room bold or understated?” Then, you look at your rug and ask yourself, “Is this rug bold or understated?” From there, you can make informed decisions depending on the combination of the two.

If both your rug and your room are neutral, your rug should match the room’s predominant color palette to give the space a cohesive, monochromatic look. We recommend getting a natural fiber rug; these rugs usually work best in these situations.

On the other hand, if your room & your rug are bold, you should go big! Pick the brightest, most ornate prints you can find. However, be sure to break out your color wheel and make sure there’s some color coordination going on.

If you’re putting a bold rug in a toned-down room, go for as much contrast as possible. After all, this thing’s the room’s centerpiece, and nobody likes a lukewarm main attraction. If you’re putting a neutral rug in a bold room, we recommend going for a simple, solid-colored rug in one of the room’s secondary colors. This ensures that the room has a cohesive look from top to bottom.


A rug is a worthwhile investment and it goes a long way towards helping you craft your home’s own unique appeal. Have you got any ideas for how you’d like to style your home’s new rooms? Would you like some input on your next rug purchase? If you’re unsure of the next steps to take in your home’s design process, talk to an expert from Grand Homes, or read more about our design studio and specialists.