The best size for a living room rug is one where the front legs of your seating rest on the rug. Alternatively, the furniture sits entirely on the rug, so the rug acts as a frame around the furniture.
Whether you have a round table or a rectangular table, your rug needs to be large enough so the chair legs rest on the rug when they are pushed back from the table.
Your rug should frame the bed, extending past the foot of the bed while the bedhead and bedside tables can sit completely on the rug. If you have a large bedroom and would prefer to showcase more of the rug, you can pull it out a bit from the wall so the front legs of the bedside tables rest on the rug. Alternatively, the rug can start after the bedside table. Smaller rectangular rugs can be placed on each side of the bed.
Problem: Fallen in love with a statement rug that is way too small?
Solution: Layering is the answer. As your statement rug is likely to be more expensive, layer it on top of a larger less expensive plain rug that covers more area. A jute or sisal rug will showcase your signature rug brilliantly. Ensure the bottom rug is smooth to provide a stable base for the rug on top.
Problem: Help! I have a very large open plan space, what do I do?
Solution: Zone it! Use rugs to define an open-plan room into two distinct areas – one for seating and socialising and another for dining – while maintaining the sense of spaciousness.