Rugs provide cushion, comfort and warmth over hard surfaces. But they also provide artistic value to a room's design. Choosing the right rug does not have to be stressful and we would like our customers to know that we are here to help make the process easier.

First and foremost, determine the size rug needed for the space. Selecting a rug for the living room usually comes down to 3 sizes: 5x8, 8x10, or 9x12. Some size guides recommend that either all the furniture rests on the rug or all the furniture, except the coffee table is placed off the rug.  Most of the time a 9x12 rug will fit all of the furniture making the room appear larger.

Next, you will need to decide on color, pattern, and material. The right rug should anchor the room but not overpower or underwhelm. Wool tends to be more expensive than most plant-based materials, but it is stain resistant, softer underfoot and durable enough to last for centuries. If spills and stains from children and pets are a concern, it may be a good idea to choose an indoor-outdoor rug made from a synthetic material like solution-dyed acrylic, polypropylene or PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which are now often so soft and appealing that they can be hard to distinguish from indoor-only materials.

Lastly, do not forget the rug pad.  Rug pads prevent slipping, prolong wear, protect the floor underneath, and provide comfort.