Selecting the right area rug for your home can make a big difference to a room. It can set the mood or style, inspire a space’s color palette, ground a conversational area or add warmth and comfort to a room.

Use this guide to help you find the best area rug and set the tone for your entire living space.

Start with the rug

A lot of people think of an area rug as a finishing touch for a room. But the truth is that it pulls the room together. If you are decorating a room from scratch, we recommend that you choose the rug first. If you choose the rug last, then you might have a hard time looking for the perfect rug that would match your interior.

Don’t be afraid of patterns

Dining rooms are often dominated with wood tables and chairs. That said, it’s a good idea to get something with pattern. This also works in rooms with furnishings that are upholstered in a solid color. Patterned carpets can add character and give the room some interest. Plus, it also helps conceal stains. Meanwhile, if your furnishings are upholstered with heavy patterns, opt for rugs in solid color or pieces that have a subtle pattern. It’s all about balance.

Consider your lifestyle

When decorating with area rugs, the most important rule to keep in mind is to choose a rug that best suits your lifestyle. Pets and children will certainly bring quick wear and tear to a rug. If you have pets or kids who run around the house, consider getting wool rugs.

Wool may be more expensive as compared to other types of carpets, but it is one of the most durable carpets in the world. Its natural fibers make it extremely strong and durable. Plus, it does a great job of repelling stains.

Get the right size

Okay, we get it. The smaller the rug, the more affordable it is. But if you skimp on size, then the room will look smaller than it actually is. Take a good look at where the legs of your furniture land. If you are planning to place a rug in your bedroom, make sure that it’s big enough so it extends beyond the bed on each side. You want to feel the rug when you get out of bed. In the living room, make sure that the front legs of the furniture are on it. Remember, your rug defines the conversation area. You need the rug to set boundaries and ground your furniture.