Interior Design: Finding the Perfect Area Rug for Every Room

Buying an area rug can seem a daunting task.  It will probably be one of the more expensive purchases you make and a fine area rug will live with you possibly for a lifetime, so getting it right matters.

With certain luxury interior designers the carpet's their first purchase to set the room's tone, with its scheme built around colors, patterns or textures found in the chosen fine area rug.  I prefer a layered room that includes rugs, window treatments and wallpaper.  An area rug in correct proportion to the scale of the room adds a level of sophistication and elegance that enhances any space.  

Sisal and animal print rugs in particular suit bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and studies equally, adding texture in a neutral palette.  If required, color and pattern can be layered in through upholstery fabric, wall coverings, window treatments and artwork.

Below are some of my favorite rooms showcasing perfectly appointed area rugs. Photos: One Kings Lane

 This classic diamond pattern sisal rug perfectly frames the eclectic mix of  rich upholstery fabrics in this room. A livingroom will always look and feel more expansive if at the very minimum the front legs of seating are resting on the rug.  Shown here are pieces sitting entirely on the rug while the armchairs by the fireplace just have the front legs resting on it -  designer   Charlotte Moss, p  hotography Pieter Estersohn

This classic diamond pattern sisal rug perfectly frames the eclectic mix of  rich upholstery fabrics in this room. A livingroom will always look and feel more expansive if at the very minimum the front legs of seating are resting on the rug.  Shown here are pieces sitting entirely on the rug while the armchairs by the fireplace just have the front legs resting on it - designer Charlotte Moss, photography Pieter Estersohn

 Sisal fits seamlessly with any decor, is fairly inexpensive and requires minimum maintenance...also works well with a second more detailed carpet layered on top -  designer   Bruce Shostak, photography William Waldron

Sisal fits seamlessly with any decor, is fairly inexpensive and requires minimum maintenance...also works well with a second more detailed carpet layered on top - designer Bruce Shostak, photography William Waldron

 A vivid animal print calmed by its neutral tones pulls all the elements together in this study -  designer Jan Showers, Photography Jeff McNamara

A vivid animal print calmed by its neutral tones pulls all the elements together in this study - designer Jan Showers, Photography Jeff McNamara

 A more dramatic zebra print livens up this bedroom and note the large area the rug covers - when you get out of bed the first thing you feet touch is the warmth and luxury of a floor covering -  designer Peter Rogers, photography Eric Piasecki

A more dramatic zebra print livens up this bedroom and note the large area the rug covers - when you get out of bed the first thing you feet touch is the warmth and luxury of a floor covering - designer Peter Rogers, photography Eric Piasecki

 The sisal in this dining room has a bold diamond design which plays well with the various textures and finishes -  designer Ashley Whittaker, Photography Eric Piasecki

The sisal in this dining room has a bold diamond design which plays well with the various textures and finishes - designer Ashley Whittaker, Photography Eric Piasecki

 A pattern reminiscent of windblown sand graces this floor and relaxes this otherwise quite formal room -  design Alessandra Branca, Photography Thibaut Jeanson

A pattern reminiscent of windblown sand graces this floor and relaxes this otherwise quite formal room - design Alessandra Branca, Photography Thibaut Jeanson