Designers know that nothing spices up a dining space quite like a rug. From a small kitchenette to a full-fledged dining room, a rug makes your space complete. A few simple rules, some creativity, and a plan is all you need to transform your dining space into a beautifully designed room.
There are a few dining room rug rules, but like most other design rules, they aren’t hard. They are, however, a great place to start especially if you are new to designing with rugs. A general rule of thumb is that you want your rug to extend at least 24 inches beyond the edges of the table. That way, the legs will be resting on the rug even if you push your chairs out. In order to keep your rug from overwhelming the space, make sure the perimeter of the rug is approximately 18 inches away from your walls.
How often do you use your dining space? Who uses your dining space? And what is your dining room most commonly used for? These questions should be taken into consideration when choosing a particular kind of area rug. If your dining space is in the corner of the kitchen and your kids eat their morning cereal and snack there, you probably don’t want to use a high-maintenance shag rug. As always, choosing the right type of rug depends upon its utilization and role.
Now let’s talk about the rug-dining table duo! Echoing the shape of the dining table with the rug will bring a pleasant feeling of order to your dining space. For example, a rectangular rug goes well with a rectangular table. But in case you want to go with a round rug under a square table then take these measurements into account. A Seven feet to nine feet round area rug belongs under a square table of 4 chairs. It breaks up the harsh lines, edges and brings interest and softness to the space.
In a kitchen that is full of hard surfaces, edges, and lines, a round rug gives a defined, softened look to the dining area. Dining areas are often full of angles and lines and round rugs help your eye to move smoothly through the room and bring a sense of fluidity and peace. For a larger table that has six to eight seats, your rug needs to be 8 by 10 feet or 9 by 12 feet, depending on the size of your room. And for a small family table that seats four people, a 5 by 8 feet rug is just right. You can either match the shape of the rug to the shape of your room or to the shape of your table.
A square rug in a square room, topped with a rectangle table is interesting although unanticipated, and it will push your walls out visually, making your room appear larger. You can also customize your rug size further by using carpet tiles. You can configure them in any size or shape you want. They come in a nearly endless array of patterns, colors, and textures. One more advantage of these carpet tiles is that in case of any spill, you can simply toss the stained square and replace it. There is no need to buy a whole new rug or pay for cleaning.
The dining room isn’t just where we eat, it is a room that is used daily for homework, coffee with friends, or any other activity. It is a room that we set aside for those special family holidays, entertaining guests, and showcasing our cherished family heirlooms. Let’s take it from the top, choose your rug first following the rules for space and size, and let that be your guide for a great dining design.