How To Pick a Rug For Any Space

How to Pick a Rug for Any Space



Choosing the right rug for your space can be a daunting task, because it’s a big purchase (both physically and figuratively), and it has the potential to really transform your space.

I’ve made enough mistakes along the way to know what to look for, and what to avoid when buying a rug online: I’ve bought too big, too thick, too thin, you name it. I’ve picked up invaluable along advice along the way to make sure I never make these mistakes again. With the help of World Market, I put together a few tips to follow to find the perfect fit, room by room.



All rugs are currently on sale at World Market during their Rug Caravan sale! Shop my picks below.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Living Room

Living Room

Ideally, you want every piece of furniture to fit on your living room rug, but always leave 6-12 inches from the walls. If finding a rug big enough is challenging, aim to have at least the front legs of your sofas and chairs on the rug to keep the space grounded. There’s nothing worse than a tiny postage stamp rug in the middle of the room. Choose a rug that’s soft underfoot and fluffy, especially if you enjoy sitting on the floor (I do).


How to Pick a Rug for Your Dining Room

Dining Room

As a general rule, a dining room rug should extend a minimum of 3ft from the edge of a dining table, so that all chairs can sit comfortably on the rug when in use. Choose a rug that’s resistant, as there will be a lot of chairs being pulled in and out. I love using vintage rugs that are already a little worn in the dining room, so that additional wear and tear goes unnoticed.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Bedroom


The whole point of a bedroom rug is to be soft underfoot when you get up in the morning, so make sure it extends at least 2-3 feet on each side of the bed. Bedside tables can generally rest on or off the rug, but not halfway in between. If your budget is limited, consider two smaller rugs on each side of the bed.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Bathroom


Bathmats are so boring—instead, try a vintage distressed rug, like a Kilim or Oushak to brighten up the space. I love using colorful or overdyed rugs in the bathroom—it’s a great way to add color in a space that’s often monochrome.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Kitchen


Pick a rug that’s easy to clean for your kitchen—that’s the most important. Again, I love using vintage rugs in a space with high traffic like the kitchen, so it feels less precious. If you have a narrow galley kitchen, a runner is a great way to elongate the space.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Entrance


If your hallway is wide enough to have furniture on both sides, center your rug in the middle. If all your furniture is pushed to one side, it’s okay to shift your runner to one side, even if it means it won’t be centered.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Home Office

Home Office

One important thing to consider when placing a rug in your home office, is to choose something that stays in place easily, as you’ll have a rolling desk chair on top of it. I love using rugs that are heavy so they stay put, but that are also very flat and thin. It makes rolling around easier.


Photos: Lesley Unruh, François Halard, Alicia Lund, Ryan Street & Associates, Sarah Dorio, Brittany AmbridgeJane BeilesStudio McGee.

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Two Ways to Style Nesting Tables



Nesting tables are the best for styling and decorating spaces. They effortlessly create a naturally layered look that works in virtually any room of the house. When World Market challenged me to style a piece of furniture in two different ways, this set of Pastel Priya Nesting Tables were an obvious choice.

Using the guest rooms at Coqui Coqui Mérida (above) as a jumping point for color inspiration, I set out to create two different spaces—one living room and one bedroom—both using the Pastel Priya nesting tables as an accent table. I love the blend of the dark plum tones with the muddy greys and brass accents.  Do you have a favorite space? Tell us in the comments below.




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Photo: Paul Costello via T Magazine

Gab Loves: The Life Observed

Gab Loves: The Life Observed • on @SavvyHome


Surfing culture is always something that has fascinated me. About 8 years ago, I gave surfing a try… My first experience was on a quiet beach in New Hampshire. The waves were smalls and my winters spent on a snowboard made me pick it up rather quickly… I got the surfing bug. I bought a wetsuit, a board and some wax, and started driving down to the beach as often as I could. When winter came, I bought a plane ticket to Australia to experience some real waves. I was getting pretty good, riding the waves of Byron Bay point. Then, one day at Tea Tree Cove in Noosa, I understood the full meaning of the power of the ocean—8ft waves and strong currents pushing me onto sharp rocks is not something I was prepared for.

So I’ll leave the hardcore surfing to the pros… And maybe venture out once in a while on a calm day. But I’ll never tire of watching surfers who have a passion for the ocean… Sandy salty hair, sun-kissed skin and nerves of steel. The Life Observed’s collection of surf prints takes me back to those days of carefree summer adventure.


Animal Hamper | Sun Bleached Turtle Shells | Adesso Peggy Desk Lamp | Made by Dawn Misty Blue Rib Petal Swimsuit |  The Life Observed Wave Rider Print | Hinge Felt Panama Hat | Tibi Ruffled Printed Silk Blend Camisole | J.Crew Crystal Studded Bracelet | Antique Rug Chair | Mint Correspondent Stowaway Case | Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Loafers | Susana Kilim Blue/White Rug

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15 Budget Pieces Fit for Small Space Living

5 Tricks for Small Space Living on @SavvyHome

When I moved into my new place, I knew I needed to rethink my layout to optimize my small 515 sq. ft. apartment. After decorating my own space as well as the tiny spaces clients in big cities like NYC, small space living has no more secrets for me. Here are some tricks and great pieces to adopt in your own small space.



Pick slipper chairs or ones with skinny arms that take up less space than bulkier club chairs. Consider sofa alternatives like daybeds (that can double as a guest bed!) or settees which take up less space. Small stools and floor cushions are also great for extra seating and can easily be stowed away or stacked when not in use.


Sconces can replace table lamps (especially in the bedroom) and don’t take up precious table space. The same goes for floor lamps which can be squeezed behind a chair for reading light. Some pendants can make a statement in the room without taking any floor space. Reflecting light onto mirrored surfaces can also make a space appear larger.


Keep the color palette to a minimum in a small space. Of course you can use color, but stick to one or two tones maximum in different shades. And always add a touch of black. Patterns and textures like flokati or seagrass are great for creating a layering effect without feeling like you’re walking into a box of Crayola.


This may seem counter-intuitive, but don’t be tempted to buy “apartment-size” everything. A lot of tiny furniture will make the room seem smaller, whereas a few bigger pieces will make the room appear bigger (and they hold more stuff! Win-win). Of course, always measure twice to make sure everything fits, but go as big as you can. For example, it your bedroom is larger than it is long, use small chests as bedside tables. Use occasional tables that have 2-tiers or shelving.

Defining space

While some may think that canopy beds are too bulky for a small space, they’re great, especially in studios where the frame of the bed can visually separate the sleeping area from the living/dining space. Don’t be tempted to buy the smallest rugs. Making sure that all your furniture fits onto the rug will make a room feel larger. It’s also a great way to defining different “rooms” in a studio space.

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Photo Robert McKinley