Even though you may use your formal dining room infrequently, it’s an important part of your home. It’s centrally located, so you catch glimpses of it every time you walk by. And it’s a room full of memories, where many of your most joyous family celebrations take place and where you dine with friends. Dining room furnishings, lighting and floor coverings create an ambiance that reflects your aesthetics and entertaining style. In other words, it says a lot about “you,” so “zhossh” it up!
Choose a rug that accentuates the dining table, but also makes a statement, whether it’s quiet and harmonious or striking and eye-catching. Before you browse our store and meet with our knowledgeable sales associates, think about the visual statement and effect you’re going for. Then ask yourself what will be the star of the show: the furniture, the rug or the chandelier. Hint: If you’ve got a flair for the dramatic, it may be two out of three of these elements!
Regardless what look you want to achieve, your rug should enhance rather than detract from your dining table. If it’s meant to be a showstopper and set the tone for the room, go with a pattern or motif. A modern geometric or bold pattern can give even a traditional dining table a boost and bring it into the 21st century. A smaller pattern in lighter tones can make the room feel more spacious, but will make less of a statement. Or you can go traditional all the way with an oriental motif.
If you’d like the viewer’s focus to be on the furniture, the chandelier or the two working together, a solid rug will help you achieve that. It can even be textured without competing with other elements in the room.
If you’re wondering what rug shape will work best with your table, here are a few pointers to ponder before purchasing: Our designers recommend a round or a square rug for round tables, while a square rug is typically the best choice for a square table. If your table is rectangular or oval, they suggest choosing a rectangular rug to play up the shape.
No matter the look, size matters here. In fact, designers tell us the most common mistake people shopping for a dining room rug make is choosing a rug that is too small for the table and the chairs surrounding it. You’ll want to be sure that when you pull out a chair to sit at the table, or push your chair back from the table to rise, that the chair will remain on the rug.
Determining rug size isn’t complicated. Measure your table (including table leafs for extra seating), then add 24 to 30 inches on each side. That will make it possible for guests to move their chairs when they’re being seated and getting up after a meal without scraping the bare floor or catching chair legs on the carpet edge. In most cases, for a rectangular table a 9 by 12 or an 8 by 10 rug will do the trick.
A final piece of advice: Measure the dining room as well as the table and draw a diagram of the room that shows those measurements. Also locate other furniture, such as a sideboard or a buffet, and note placement and measurements on the diagram. Bring the diagram with you when you come into the store. Depending on the size carpet you select, a buffet pushed against the wall may extend over the rug. That’s something you’ll want to know in advance. If that’s the case, you’ll need rubber shims to raise the back legs of the piece so your buffet is level.