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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Area Rugs

My friend and favorite designer, Toni Berry of Marie Antoinette Custom Home Interiors, puts out a terrific monthly newsletter. This month she talks about a subject dear to me, area rugs. Here's her suggestion:

The 3 Rug Rules...

Area rugs are a valuable addition to almost every living or family room.The addition of an area rug anchors the conversation area, especially in today's open floor plans where the furniture can be "floating" away from the walls. Three rules to keep in mind:

Make sure the rug is large enough for the space - for most living rooms, an 8' x 10' or 8' x 11' rug is best. (Definitely no smaller than 5' x 8'!)

Place at least the front legs of the seating pieces on the area rug - there should be no "gap" between the rug and the front of the furniture.

When placing an area rug in a dining area, it should be at least 6" wider than the space a chair pulled back would take up. When in doubt always go up in size, not down!

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