Style Underfoot: Rug Inspirations for Any Room

Decorating a new home can be a daunting task for anybody, especially for first-time renters or homeowners. From choosing the colour of your walls to picking out a new bed, there is a lot to think about all at once, and often within quite a short period of time. For renters, there’s often the added stress of having to think about making non-permanent home design changes.

But have no fear! Whether you’re a new renter or onto your third house in a decade, style inspirations can be found anywhere and everywhere, suitable to every wallet-size and taste. Indeed, the humble rug is one style piece that may be often neglected in the chaos of moving, but can go a long way in adding life to any home.

To help you get over the analysis paralysis that might set in when you begin scrolling through those Instagram-worthy online furniture stores, here’s a nifty little guide that should direct your eyes towards the right rugs for your home.

Area Rug Style Inspirations

There are so many different kinds of rugs out there that it’s no surprise shopping for a new one can be a bit of a challenge. One of the first things you should do is think about how you’d like to pick a new rug. Are you constrained by budget? Then you might want to shop by price. If money is no object, why not opt to shop by style – are you a bohemian rhapsody kinda guy or gal or an industrialist at heart? If that’s sounds like too much to think about, you could even just go straight to shopping by colour or simply by size. Online furniture stores give you all four options to help you narrow down your pick – though if you’re in the mood to peruse, the sky is certainly your limit!

Shop by Shape and Size

If you want to shop by size, you can get any number of rugs to suit your home, whether it’s filled with top-notch quality furniture from the loftiest brands or a hodgepodge of eclectic stuff passed down to you from that eccentric great-uncle.

First, decide if you want to go with a round rug, a square rug or a rectangular one. This might depend on where you intend on placing the rug in the first place. A large rectangular rug wouldn’t be out of place in a living room under a coffee table with a couch to border it on one end, or under a rectangular dining table. A round rug could add a nice touch to any bedroom, while smaller rectangular rugs would be a cozy touch of luxury for you bathroom, especially on a cold winter morning.

Once you’ve got the shape narrowed down, you can start thinking about the size. Here are some typical size options you can find at, a proudly Canadian online furniture store:

  • Small rectangular: 5’ x 8’ and 6’ x 9’
  • Medium rectangular: 7’ x 10’ and 8’ x 11’
  • Large rectangular: 9’ x 12’ and 10’ x 14’
  • Circular: 6’ and 8’ and 10’
  • Square: 6’ x 6’ and 8’ x 8’

You can choose a rug size based on different considerations. For instance, you may opt to have all furniture legs on the rug – or all furniture legs off. Perhaps you want to keep the front legs on the rug, leaving the back legs off. Play with different variations in a living room or bedroom setting, though for a dining room, you’ll want a large rug that is at least two feet wider than the table, whether it is rectangular or round. Basically, the rug should be large enough so that chairs don’t get caught in the rug as they get pushed in and out.

Shop by Colour

If you’d prefer to shop by colour, here are some of the options you can choose from:

  • Blues and teals
  • Whites and cream
  • Reds and oranges
  • Yellows and greens
  • Pinks and purples
  • Greys and blacks
  • Multicolour

Multicoloured Milda rugs in blue and orange would be the perfect addition to a boho-inspired home. It comes in three different sizes, so whether you have a bachelor pad or a sprawling mansion, you’ll be sure to find somewhere to put it.

If bright colours aren’t really your thing, don’t break a sweat. Katari Castle rugs would do justice to any fan of an industrial style. Not only does it come in different sizes, you can get it round or rectangular, which means there’s really something for everybody.

Shop by Style

Some people just know exactly how they want their home to look and feel, perhaps even well before they’ve moved into their new home. If you’re the kind of person who mentally redecorates other people’s houses, shopping by style might be the right way to go about picking new rugs for your home. Whether you love those mid century contemporary vibes or are all about cool, sophisticated glamour, there is a rug out there for you.

The rectangular Amber Area Rug comes in two sizes, and has just enough eye-catching glint to add elegance to a home. A beautiful rug can be a great way to add some gold accents to your place with being overly obvious about it.

Of course, gold isn’t for everybody, and if you’re in the mood for something a little less flashy but no less beautiful, a Rainbow Patch Area Rug in orange or beige has a lot of appeal for fans of mid-century contemporary design styles. It’s eye-catching without being over the top.

Shop by Price

For first-time renters or homeowners, budgetary constraints can be the one big factor motivating all initial design choices. If you’re concerned about the impact a new rug will have on your wallet, an online furniture store like makes it easy for you to shop by price. You can shop for rugs in the following ranges:

  • $100 to $500
  • $500 to $999
  • $1000 – $1999
  • $2000+

Lazzaro rugs come in two sizes and three different colours. These are quality pieces made of jute and multi-coloured silk, and are a perfect addition to a modern home on a budget.

Picking a new rug for your home needn’t be daunting if you put a little initial thought into your approach. By thinking ahead about things like size, shape, colour, style or price, you’ll be able to narrow down your attention to just a few options rather than feeling overwhelmed by all the beautiful style inspirations out there. No matter how you go about it, there is a rug out there for you!