How to choose the right rug for your new home

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Choosing the right rug for your new home: 5 tips

Decorating a new home can be a daunting task. There are endless possibilities for every room. Something as simple as picking the right rug can be a challenge unless you have the eye of an interior designer. So we enlisted the help of our friends from the Street of Dreams to help our homeowners with tips for getting started. Atiyeh Bros., Oregon's Rug and Carpet Experts since 1900, shares 5 great tips with us.

The following 5 tips will lead you to the perfect rug for you and your space.

1. Don't skimp on quality. Choose a rug that is made from quality materials built to last. Fibers such as wool are natural and clean up well extending the lifespan of your rug. Quality rugs that are maintained can become a legacy as they are passed down from generation to generation.

2. Consider your lifestyle. Do you have pets, kids, or love hosting gatherings? Your lifestyle should be a part of your rug shopping decision. If your rug will see heavy traffic then you need a rug that is durable to withstand what happens on or to it. A rug that is darker in color will help hide the everyday traffic. Avoid synthetic rugs and shag rugs. Synthetic materials stain easily and are more difficult to clean than rugs made from quality materials such as wool. Shag rugs collect dirt and soil deep within and throughout the fibers making them very difficult to clean.

Close-up-of-rugIf you have a busy lifestyle, experts will recommend having your rug Fiber Protected®. This protects your rug’s fibers from absorbing any spills helping eliminate the possibility of staining to your textile.

3. Get the size right. It is important to measure your space before rug shopping. “The most common mistake we see is people purchasing a rug that is too small for the space,” said Atiyeh Bros. Sales Consultant/Designer, Debbie Scott. “When this occurs, the rug gets lost underneath furniture. You want your rug to be seen and showcased with its beautiful colors and patterns, that’s why you bought it!”


Rugs come in a variety of standard sizes such as 2x3, 4x6, 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, 10x14. Not sure what size rug you need? Check out the official Atiyeh Bros.Rug Size Guide.

If you need a custom rug created for your space try purchasing broadloom carpeting and have it cut to size and bound.

4. Be color savvy. An area rug is a great way to inspire your room’s color scheme and vibe. Do you want your space to be warm and cozy, vibrant and bright, or dark with modern cool tones? The colors and patterns of the rug provide a guide for the walls, furniture, and décor. Use the rug colors to choose paint, furniture, and décor. Doing this accentuates the colors from the rug creating a seamless and collaborated look and feel throughout your space. This streamlines your color scheme and pulls all the design elements together.


Color is one of the best ways to brighten up or cozy down a room. Be creative, have fun and let the rug do the work by giving you your color guide! Need a little inspiration? Take this fun online quiz by Sherwin-Williams to discover what your "Color ID" is!

5. Coordinate the style. Looking for a bold geometric pattern to go with your mid-century modern furniture or do you want to highlight your love of traditional and classic styles? It is important that your style coordinates throughout your space, this is easy on the eye and provides fluidity in your room. A rug provides the platform for what the style will be throughout the space. Then you can accentuate this style with décor and home accessories.


If you're not sure where to start, try creating your own design board on Pinterest. It's fast and easy.

Remember, when selecting the perfect rug for your style and space it is vital to shop with wisdom. When you follow these 5 tips, your rug will become an extension of your style and space while also being made from quality materials built to last.

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