Rugs seem to be one of those things where there’s an Interior Design Rule that applies, and everyone knows the formula. Add one measurement, subtract another, and you’re ready to go, right? Turns out, you can get a lot more creative – and save some money – when selecting rugs for your home. Read on for what Nate and NBA Design Directors Sasha Adler and Lauren Buxbaum Gordon have to say about those imagined rug rules.
I used to think that the rule for rugs was to be 18-24” inside the perimeter of the room. Then I met Jeremiah, and he was throwing vintage rugs of all sizes around the room, at angles. So I learned that there are really NO RULES, and that layering multiple rugs or putting runners at an angle are a lot more interesting than a standard rectangle area rug. That’s very good news for all of us, because those big rugs are expensive!
Rugs can be a little tricky. If it’s a full size area rug, I usually try to select the largest size, so that all of the furniture is sitting on the rug or at least most of the way on. Otherwise it can look like some pieces were not invited to the party. That said, there are some good tricks, especially if you are working with standard rug sizes. You can start the rug just under the front legs of the sofa or just in front of the nightstands to get away with something a little smaller.
Generally speaking, if you’re doing a large area rug, you want to make sure that the majority of the furniture is sitting on the rug while steering clear of floor vents and keeping within the confines of the room. However, we also love to layer smaller vintage rugs which is a more organic, outside-of-the-box process. The good news is that no rules really apply–it’s all about what appeals to you!
Lead image of Lauren’s previous Chicago home by Patrick Cline for Lonny; Steve Berg’s West Village apartment by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter; Winnetka NBA project by Brittany Ambridge for Domino