Growing up my parents had a long standing joke to torment us kids; "We're going rug shopping!". Truth be told, my Mom and Dad have a thing for rugs. They were always on the hunt for the perfect rug for very specific spots. Over the years they've collected some beauties, my current favorite is their broadloom in their basement; it's a fantastic plaid that really warms up their space and draws your eye all around the room. Rugs can do that. They can make spaces feel expansive and inviting; or they can make that same space seem awkward and misshaped. I'm going to give you a few tips to make your next rug purchase a great one.
1. Bigger is usually better. If you've dealing with a small space, then a rug that fills nearly all the available space will make the area feel larger.
2. At least the front two legs of any pieces of a grouping of furniture need to be on the rug, this helps anchor the space and will encourage conversation and use.
3. A rug should lie about 1/3 the way under your furniture.
4. I do not have a rug under my dining room table, you don't have to either. I'm not sure I ever will have a rug under my table, but now is definitely not the time as it would be the worlds most effective dirt and food catcher. We haven't had a meal without a major spill in about 6 years, I'm not counting on that changing anytime soon.
5. If you do have a rug under your table I would make sure it is a rug with a very tight weave as to make crumbs sit on top of the rug instead of becoming embedded.
6. It is my personal opinion that ideally a rug under a dining table should be large enough that when a dining chair is pulled out to sit on it is resting all the way on the rug, as to not teeter-totter between the rug and the floor.
Some of my favorite online sources for rugs are:eSale Rugsoverstockabchomemadeline weinribangela adamsRUGSUSA
Some of these websites are more expensive than others, but there is a good range of price points within this list. The rug below is from IKEA and is only $350 for an 8x11. I've seen this rug used in really expensive rooms and really inexpensive rooms. The reason people love it so is because it adds a sense of motion and drama in a room. The stripes could help balance out a room that is too long and narrow, or it could draw you into an open concept living room. Maybe it could work in your home!