Rug Shape for Round Coffee Table?

by Joy
(Kingston, Jamaica)

What is the best shaped rug to place under a round coffee table? Round or square?

Giorgina's Answer: A rug is a great way to transform your room quickly and economically. Rugs instantly warm up a room because they emit feelings of coziness and intimacy. 

For your round coffee table, I would suggest a round rug because it will help break up the monotony of a square room while adding dimension. A round rug can serve as a focal point in the room because it can help tie in the furniture with the wall color, window treatments, accessories, and art.

They also help reduce noise levels in a room and protect vulnerable floor surfaces.  When considering which round rug you will go with, you are likely to become overwhelmed because of the incredible amount of choices that are available.

Before settling on a rug, consider how you will integrate the rug with the current decor in the room.  Look for rugs that contain colors that will coordinate and blend in with existing colors in the room.  Also, consider investing in a rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding.  In addition to preventing sliding, a rug pad protects the rug, absorbs noise, makes vacuuming easier, and will prevent the back area of the rug from scratching the floor surface.

If you are interested in a material that is resistant to stains, mildew, and sunlight, then you may want to consider acrylic.  The materials Olefin and polypropylene are known to be the most stain resistant and are less expensive than other rug materials, such as, wool. However, the best choice depends on how much foot traffic the area is expected to receive, how low maintenance the rug is, and what your budget is.

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