What are you trying to accomplish by adding an area rug to an entry way or room? What is your inspiration? Is your inspiration the shape of the room, the wall color, the furniture, a material pattern, etc. Remember the rug should unify the objects in the room.
It is customary to leave an 18" border from rug to wall when buying an area rug for a large room and an 8" border if you are furnishing a smaller room.
Also consider the traffic pattern in the room and the cleaning directions for the carpet that you plan to purchase.
Find below the recommended size area rug based on the size of the room:
Room size 5 ft. x 7 ft. Rug size 3 ft. x 5 ft.
Room size 7 ft. x 10 ft. Rug size 5 ft. x 8 ft.
Room size 10 ft. x 12 ft. Rug size 8 ft. x 10 ft.
Room size 11 ft. x 14 ft. Rug size 9 ft. x 12 ft.
Room size 14 ft. x 17 ft. Rug size 12 ft. x 15 ft.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.