How to Choose a Rug for Your Home

How to Choose a Rug for Your Home

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In this video I go over how to choose a rug for your home! We talk about what size of rug to buy for your home, what material you should choose in your rug, how design style impacts the rug you choose and more! Buying a rug can be an expensive investment so I also talk budget as well and the tradeoffs you will make by choosing a cheaper rug and I even included some affordable but durable rug options.

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00:00 – How to choose a rug for your home
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01:29 – Budget considerations when buying a rug
02:13 – Coordinating design style with your rug
04:21 – Selecting material for your rug
06:54 – Buying the right size rug
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  1. Deanna Spencer on May 28, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    All Stores 900,000 Please Lower the price of all Brands of Military Equipment and Local for All Brands of Rugs Products and Production Cost Now 900,000 That’s Too Much $$ 900,000 Now The Whole World 900,000 Now 🙏 🤲 🕍 🕌 ⛪ 🛕

  2. Yeranui Stambulyan on May 28, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    I can’t find a video talking about cow hide and styling , would appreciate if you mention it thank you! My room has a glam cabin feel btw

  3. nancy on May 28, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Layering rugs is a good way to trip and break your neck.

  4. Latasha Lewis on May 28, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Thank You!!! Very informative!!!

  5. Casey Dilla on May 28, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    I’m having a hard time picking a color for my rug! I have pale blue walls and a grey couch, but I don’t want the space to be so cold.

  6. Athena Kelly on May 28, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    What kind of area rug is large enough that can block out noise in a noisy apt

  7. Valerie Jackson on May 28, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Please help am in a student accommodation that’s like a mini studio with out the kitchen so my sofa and bed are next together and then on the floor I got the blue tiled carpet so am stuck, I put lots of pillows on the single bed to make it a conversational, I just want my room to give me comfort 🥺

  8. Sumayya B. on May 28, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    where is the rug from in your video at 2 min and 31 seconds from? I’m obsessed with it and trying to find the exact one!

  9. Kim Carroll on May 28, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    REALLY needed this video! Thank you! Looking for an area rug for our home in Hawaii and worried about moisture and it holding up with me working out on it. Love the texture of jute. Can’t imagine laying on my bareback working out on it. LOL Thank you for the advice!

  10. TheJediBendu on May 28, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Does anyone know what style you would call the rug at 8:12? It’s beautiful and I think it would fit myspace well but I have no idea what to search for to find something like that

  11. Shanna Mae on May 28, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    I have a small living room that is a pentagon, almost triangle (diagonal corner fireplace) and I have no idea how to put a rug in it. Parallel with the fireplace which is the focal point? Parallel with four of the five edges?

  12. Reza Adili on May 28, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Thx for the content Nick ❤ could you please make a video regarding vacuum robot friendly rugs 😅. It’s really a challenge for me knowing, as they can not climb over a specific thickness like 1 cm which excludes a lot of interesting fluffy thick rugs 😢.

  13. Beth Stark on May 28, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Do you have a source for the rug at 2:25?

  14. Deanna Spencer on May 28, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    All Stores 900,000 Please Lower the price of all Brands of Military Equipment and Local for All Brands of Rugs Products and Production Cost Now 900,000 That’s Too Much $$ 900,000 Now The Whole World 900,000 Now 🙏 🤲 🕍 🕌 ⛪ 🛕

  15. ProgressiveHeart on May 28, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    I bought an antique-looking rug in soft blues/teals/lavenders/fuchsias to coordinate with my Tiffany’s “Magnolias and Irises” print. The rug is 5×8’. Problem is, I think it’s a tad small. I have three pieces of furniture (love seat, and two plush chairs, all shades of blue), with the loveseat against one wall, and the chairs are at an 📐 at each opposite corner. (Front legs of all pieces on the rug, of course.)
    I’m thinking of adding a bigger, solid low pile rug to go under the print rug. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  16. Sarah Eliza on May 28, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I have a beautiful rug that I want to use for our living room when we move but I am pretty certain it will be slightly too small for the space. How do you feel about layering rugs? It is a beautiful patterned wool rug so I thought maybe a more neutral jute underneath it? And also what about using rugs on carpeted floors?

  17. Kasumi Wu on May 28, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Does anyone know the name of the company that sells the black, white, and bamboo backing chair in 8:05 of the video? That chair is so beautiful!

  18. Betty Saha on May 28, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Nick you’re the best ! Buying my home soon and will incorporate most of your tips, if not all 👍

  19. Kris on May 28, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The real debate is if the tv stand/entertainment cabinet belongs on the rug!

  20. Dr Steve Morreale on May 28, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    I must presume you didn’t mention cowhide rugs for good reason?

  21. S Kularatna on May 28, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    What about open plan living. My living and dining are together

  22. WAL_DC-6B on May 28, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    I understand that if you have laminate flooring you pretty much cannot have any type of rugs.

  23. Brian Rouse on May 28, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    the room I’m working with is 15’6" x 12’x9". I feel like that’s in between the small space and large space. If you want to make sure the rug doesn’t cover up the floor, are you thinking leaving 1-2 feet between the edge of the rug and the walls?

  24. Wesley Morris on May 28, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    HI! Where is the boho rug from at 3:18? Thank you!

  25. Charlene Cooper on May 28, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Suuuuper helpful! This is the first rug related video that made me feel empowered to make a decision on what kind of rug I want in my new apt. It’s been making me really anxious lately. Thank you so much!

  26. Nirav Parmar on May 28, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    6:59 😂😂

  27. saby8765 on May 28, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Is Boho style for broke people like me?

  28. Nick Lewis on May 28, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    To potentially win the Austin Dream House and support a great cause go to Thanks Omaze for sponsoring this video!

  29. Deanna Spencer on May 28, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    All Stores 900,000 Please Lower the price of all Brands of Military Equipment and Local for All Brands of Rugs Products and Production Cost Now 900,000 That’s Too Much $$ 900,000 Now The Whole World 900,000 Now 🙏 🤲 🕍 🕌 ⛪ 🛕

  30. Hedy _ on May 28, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    How have I been watching your videos for so long, but just relaxing I am not subscribed !?! I fixed it. ❤️

    Love your videos.

  31. Noreen Bechard on May 28, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Wait! You have a floor? I’ve been watching your videos forever and am thrilled to get a glimpse at another part of your home. 🙂

  32. Helen Garrett on May 28, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I will never understand rugs in the kitchen. Frying pan splatter, drops of water and the occasional dropped pork chop make rugs in the kitchen unsanitary. I like to make my house pretty but it has to serve my lifestyle.

    I cook. Three times a day almost every day. If you order all your food in already prepared go ahead, but if you make bread, fry bacon or cook spaghetti sauce, NO! DON’T DO IT!

    Living room rugs are problematic for those of us who eat in front of the television. Sad to say I am one of those people. And I’m not always a tidy eater either. Buttered popcorn is hell on rugs. Vinaigrette thatvfrll off your salad on the way tonyour face is tough too. You can vacuum and shampoo rugs but get grease on it and you are in permanent spot territory. After a couple of years the rug looks like it has acne. So when choosing rugs for living rooms take some advice from someone who has replaced a few. Get something that will disguise small spots that will not come clean. Never wear outdoor shoes on the rug. Become a vacuuming as fanatic and invest in a shampooer. I am looking for a rug right now knowing that in three or four years it is going away for good but I have doubts. I know right now that will have a spot just where I sit every day in front of the T.V which is only cleanableable with a nuclear bomb. The pile will be flat and dirty where my immaculate feet rest. There will be a clearly worn path from the kitchen to the couch. Even the wool rugs I spent a fortune on couldn’t stand up to constant use. They looked far better than the synthetic fiber rugs but I had an infeststion of carpet beetles that even frantic vacuuming didn’t deter. They left a few small holes before I discovered them and went on a crusade to murder every last one. But the damage was done. Currently my floors are bare. Inelegant to be sure. The place echoes a tiny bit which is very annoying. But my walker rolls smoothly over the bare floors, they are easy to keep clean and spills and mayonnaise are easy to mop up.. I’ ,looking, but I don’t know if I am going to lay out a bundle of money during this inflation when everything is in short supply for a disposable rug and a hand knotted, wool rug, though gorgeous, is not affordable right now. I am getting used to bare floors until prices come down or my income goes up. The latter is highly unlikely.

  33. Sarah Batchelder on May 28, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Ok y’all did this man just show a 5k rug and label it as a "investment" ?! A rug is not a technical investment especially one that expensive it is truly a waste of your money. There are so many amazing durable stylish rugs for under 500$ now that spending that type of money on a rug is just foolish. I’m speaking as a financial advisor so please this isn’t a stock this isn’t something that is going to gain equity so please steer clear even if you "have the money".

  34. MKTooStupid on May 28, 2023 at 1:47 pm


  35. Flavia Medrut on May 28, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Nick! I’m thinking about buying a rug for my living room but I don’t know if it should also fit under the furniture I have in front of my sofa (aside from my coffee table). So should it fit under or should it stop right in front of the furniture. Thanks!

  36. sol fam on May 28, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Great video! Helped me out a lot.

  37. Rosalis Suarez on May 28, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Video idea, how to design around a tv. I’ve been struggling with this. Love this video!

  38. Hedy _ on May 28, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Nick, what do I do in my dining room? I have a larger dining room set (cherry hand me down from grandma-means a lot to us so gonna keep). We have it seating 6(large family), but there is a leaf that we don’t use. Anyway, rules advise to use 8×10 or 9×12 area rug underneath. Problem is that my room is only 11×11. The rug only leaves a few inches of space on the two sides. Walkway side ha about 16inches on each side. Do I keep the 8×10, or size down a bit? 5×7 was too small.

    Also, my living room is having same issue. I had 8×10 with my sectional placed with front legs. Kids kept knocking the couch back into the window and curtains, so I purchased 10×10 to place entire sectional on it. Now it is not centered and leaves a lot of floor space in between the fireplace and is bothering me. Looks as if I need to put front legs only on it again. Thoughts?!??

  39. Wangus The Walrus on May 28, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    I work at a natural flooring retailer and jute is absolutely not ideal for entry ways. it is not durable and actually the only natural material we dont recommend for high traffic areas. for entry ways you want something like coir. Places where mud gets tracked in Seagrass flooring is also decent as you can brush the mud off once it dries. Jute and sisal will ruin with any kind of moisture,

    In living spaces with moderate foot traffic sisal and seagrass are best, in places with low foot traffic you could have jute but honestly, we hardly ever recommend jute due to it being so easy to ruin.

    I have noticed that lots and lots of people who should be more aware (like designers or some of these youtube influences) seem to reccomend jute as something to go where there is high foot traffic and its simply wrong. If you want natural for high foot traffic go for sisal and seagrass.

  40. BreakingBoxes on May 28, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    jute looks really hard and uncomfortable to stand on w/out shoes?

  41. Christinerb on May 28, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    I am having the hardest time finding videos on multiple area rugs for open spaces… and how to make them cohesive 😭

  42. bp996959 on May 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    stay away from viscose blend rugs,, they are very problematic ie wont hold up and esp diff and expensive to clean because of the wood like fibers in viscose that dont like to get wet..

  43. Journey With Bess on May 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Great coverage! Pun intended👌🏾

  44. vibha Amit on May 28, 2023 at 2:01 pm


  45. SoccerDua on May 28, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Are wool rugs easy to clean? Especially with cat vomit? I’ve only ever had polypropylene rugs. Thanks!

  46. Jen Wolf on May 28, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Binging on all your videos! Love your style, tips, education, and energy!

  47. Patrice A Roth on May 28, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Nick, I follow you and love your thoughts on design but you didn’t talk about bringing cohesiveness from one rug to another. I have a transitional type living room (with some antiques) plus a foyer and another area in it with a French oak sideboard and I already have the gorgeous olive green sofa with gold highlights I must work around. Tried using the same rug in two sizes and sure didn’t like that matchy matchy look..sigh, how do I pull it together then tie in the other rooms? That’s another video!

  48. Yun A on May 28, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Hello there, I have a yellow toned hard wool floor in my room, black bedding, some black/brown bookshelf and a light brown night stand, which colors are good for my room?

  49. coloraddiction on May 28, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Random question, has anybody else felt that a certain color keeps following them, and they keep thinking its okay and then hating it? For me it was the burgundy rug of my childhood, all the way to the wine and burgundy of kitchens that sent me rushing to replace all my accessories with matte black. In my previous kitchen there were sort of redwood looking cabinets so the burgundy matched, but once we left that space, after a while, it felt like those colors were haunting me and I had to change them. I don’t know, just a random thing 🤷‍♀️

  50. vivek jaiswal on May 28, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Handmade, handknotted, handwoven rugs 🙏🏻

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