Got some home decor and styling questions? We’ve got the answers! Today we are tackling how to place an 8×10 area rug in your bedroom, dining room, or living room. It seems easy enough, but the placement can really make or break a room. To help shed some light on this, we talked to Kate Chipinski, an eco-friendly, DIY interior stylist, whose gorgeous designs have been featured on HGTV, Chatelaine, and G&G magazines and earned her a cult following on Instagram.
The rug is always one of the first things I pick out for a room. It’s the anchor of the space and it creates the mood for the room. An 8×10 area rug is one of the most common rug sizes people use. Aside from the bedroom, living room and dining room, you can also place an 8×10 rug in your home office, kitchen, entryway, porch—it just depends on the size of these rooms.
Your 8×10 rug would make a beautiful statement in a large foyer with a bench and console table. In the office, throw your desk, chair, and accent chairs on a rug to make the space feel polished. And for your porch, throw a couch, chairs, small coffee table, and accessories. I have this size rug in all of these rooms, except the kitchen and entryway because mine are too small.
Why the Correct Rug Placement Matters
The wrong rug size for the space is probably the most common styling mishap that happens. A rug that is too small or too large for the space and furniture will throw the entire feel of the room off. Get that tape measure out and start measuring your room and furnishings.
When placing your 8×10 rug, make sure your furniture is living on the rug (there are some exceptions to this rule, of course) and that you are not styling half of it off the rug. If most of it is hanging off the rug, it’s probably too small and you need to go bigger. Center the rug in the middle of the room, then play around with it until it feels right to you. Every space is different, so move stuff around; feel it out until it feels right.
8×10 Rug in the Bedroom
Tip #1: Your entire bed does not need to be on the rug.
I always place my bed against the wall and my rug towards the bottom two-thirds of the bed, leaving about eight inches from the wall to the start of the rug. This makes my bed float a little.
Tip #2: Make sure both sides of the bed have equal rug space exposed.
Make sure that your bed is centered on the rug. An 8×10 rug should be able to house a king- or a queen-size bed with enough exposed rug space on the side. If you have two twin beds, put them both side by side on the 8×10 rug and leave some space in between.
Tip #3: Keep the furniture at the foot of the bed on the rug.
I usually anchor the foot of my bed with a bench, chairs, and an ottoman or two. Make sure that these pieces are living on the rug, not hanging off. Otherwise, it won’t feel right.
8×10 in the Living Room
Tip #1: Make sure the rug houses all the large furniture pieces in the room.
The couch, coffee table, and chairs all need to live and have space on the rug to make the room feel cohesive. There are some exceptions to this rule, of course.
Tip #2: Accessories don’t have to be placed on the rug.
Accessories like side tables, lamps, and plants can have their own spaces dispersed throughout the room.
Tip #3: Keep the rug centered, but…
Nine times out of 10 the rug will look best when centered in the space, so try that first. Play around with the room and furniture, there is no right or wrong way for everything to fit, make sure it feels right to YOU since you are the one who is living in the space.
8×10 Rug in the Dining Room
Tip: Your chairs should all fit on the rug even when pulled out.
An 8×10 rug can fit a small round, square or rectangular table with 4 to 6 chairs nicely; 8 chairs would be the maximum. If your chairs barely fit on the rug with the ends hanging off, think about going bigger or layering with a bigger rug.
Other Things to Consider
Tip #1: Mind the room’s color scheme.
Aside from your rug size, make sure your 8×10 rug fits into the color scheme of the room. Pull colors from the rug to sprinkle around the room to make the space feel cohesive. Not everything has to be matchy-matchy, but it needs to feel cohesive. Pick out the rug color and style that speaks to you and design your room around it.
Tip #2: Consider the theme of the nearby rooms.
I also like the connecting rooms to feel cohesive with the space I’m designing. Your home should flow and transition well between rooms. If it doesn’t, it will feel blocky and off. And in turn, you will feel off.
Tip #3: When it comes to styling around your rug, focus on a few key pieces.
Start with placing the rug in the room and layering pieces in from there. With some fantastic key pieces in your space, you can’t go wrong. Mix in some vintage pieces to bring character to your space. A little old with a little new can make a room feel unique and special.
Tip #4: At the end of the day, it all boils down to how the room makes you feel.
I like to choose my rug color, style, and pattern based on how I want the room to feel. If you want to feel cool, calm, and collected in your space, pick a rug with light, calming colors and patterns, nothing too bold. If you want to feel energized in the space, go ahead and pick those vibrant colors and patterns (just make sure you tone it down a bit with furnishings and decor).
Lastly, as long as your space makes you feel happy and content, that’s all that matters. Surround yourself with things in your home that make you happy and in turn, it will make you happy!