What Area Rug Shape is Best?
A rectangular rug is the most traditional rug shape and a safe bet for most rooms. A rectangular rug can be used in large spaces as an accent piece or in long, narrow spaces like a hallway. Play with geometric designs and two-toned rugs to add that wow-factor.
Circular rugs are whimsical and are great focal pieces. Using a circular rug in a small room can make the space feel larger. Pair a circle rug with similarly-shaped furniture and accent pieces to round out the room. Unconventional shapes, like hexagons and octagons, can be used in place of circular rugs to add a dash of geometry if a square or rectangular rug won’t do.
A square rug is best utilized in a square room to maintain balance. Square rugs do best when paired with square furniture, like a side table or ottoman, or another square rug. A square rug can work in any room size, but keep an eye on dimensions to make sure it doesn’t overwhelm the space.
Which Rug Shape Should I Use?
Bay-Window Breakfast Nook
The geometric shape often has just enough shape for a round table and a circular area rug. Measure the circumference of your table and add 30 inches to ensure your chair doesn’t fall off your rug when you stand.
A smaller bathroom may only have enough room for a small, rectangular rug, but a large rectangular room can add warmth to a large bathroom.
Sectional Sofa Seating
Use a rectangular rug that is large enough that at least the front legs of all furniture sit comfortably on the rug. A circular rug works, too, but only if it is big enough to create a focal point or small enough that it fits in the corner of the sectional.