Don't make the mistake of turning your rug into a floating focal point of your beloved living space. Many times people select a rug that is entirely too small the the sofa and coffee table, resulting in an eye sore that was supposed to enhance, but instead distracts.
Area rugs make a grand statement and give a room a polished look, but do you know how to select the right size? Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right size rug for your space.
Depending on the size of your room, the right size rug will ideally cover most of your floor, and leave 8-16 inches of hard wood showing around the perimeter. A minimum of the front legs of furniture should be on the area rug. For an average size living room, this is about 5x8. An 8x10 allows you to place a few pieces of furniture on the rug.
To create the illusion of a larger space, use a 9x12. This will allow you to place all the furniture on the rug, and create a pulled-together designer look.
By heeding this advice, your living room will go from a room that screams novice to a professionally decorated space that will pull not only your guests, but rug and furnishings together.