Why Don't You Come With Me Little Girl On A Magic Carpet Ride...

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Buying an area rug can be one of the more creative decisions you make for
your home. It is like buying a piece of art. It is a long-term purchase and
you should take your time and get some advice. Begin by figuring out what
size you need. Choose a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall
in the room. So for your 10 x12-foot office, you should look at rugs no more
than eight feet wide.

A guide to rug sizing

guide to rug sizing

For your bare front hallway, swing open the front door and then measure the
floor from that point, so the first three feet or so remain clear. Hall rugs
should have at least six inches of floor showing on all
sides.

entryway rug

entryway rug

Dining room rugs should extend at least 18 inches beyond the edge of the
table so that the rug accommodates the dining chairs.

dining room
dining room

tommy dining room furniture

tommy bahama dining

In bedrooms, try runners at each side and even the foot of the bed, or
place a rug one-third of the way under the bed so the rest of the rug
creates a nice mat at the bottom of the bed. In large rooms, rugs should fit
the configuration of the room and furniture.

tommy bedroom furniture
tommy bahama bedroom bed image

bedroom furniture image

A 15 x 20 foot living room, for example, is arranged in one large
conversation area, so we should look for a rug to cover and frame that
entire area, big enough so that at least the front third of the furniture
sits on the rug.

traditional livingroom furniture

stickley leather sofa image
tommy bahama livingroom furniture

A big room set up with two smaller conversation areas would look best with
two separate rugs, as long as they're linked by color or material (they
don't have to match exactly). They just have to speak to each other.

Then bring your color swatches and head off to a reputable rug dealer who
has designers on staff to help you with your decision.

a designers board

You don't know what you will find,
when you go on a magic carpet ride!

a model sitting on a carpet with piles of rugs displayed behind her

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