You know what they say about first impressions. The entryway is the first chance to set the vibe for your entire home. From bold statement pieces to soft and simple neutrals, we have a variety of rugs that are perfect for giving your guests that "wow"? feeling from the moment they step into your entryway. Here are a few tips for choosing the right entry rug.
Go bold in your entryway with a bright color or design on the rug. Because entryways are typically smaller, you can use a bold pattern without it overwhelming the space. Contemporary rugs are the perfect option.
Simple can be elegant. Choose a solid colored rug in a neutral color to add softness to a refined entryway. Accent with a small bench or table and some artwork to complete the look.
If you're going for a more traditional feel, choose an entryway rug in an oriental or overdyed pattern. These timeless styles have been a favorite for centuries for good reason; they can fit with most design styles while giving a nod to tradition.
Sizing Your Entry Rug
The rule of thumb for rug size is to allow at least 18"?-24"? of floor space between the wall and the edge of the rug. However, smaller rooms can get away with less.
Traditionally, the shape of your entryway rug should match the shape of your entry. For a rectangle entry, choose a rectangle entry rug. For something unexpected, you can center a round or square rug in the entry.
For a small entryway, a 3x5 entryway rug should be the perfect size. Measuring your space will help you to know exactly which size will fit. For long narrow entryways, an entry runner rug is recommended. Runners help a narrow space look wider and helps to reduce echo and noise.
When it comes to choosing a rug for your entry, you'll want to make sure you get a rug that's up for lots of traffic. It will be subject to dirt, rain, snow, and sun. Jute, sisal, and wool are popular natural fiber choices because of their durability. They're easy to clean and naturally repel dirt.
An indoor/outdoor rug works great in the entryway as these synthetic fiber rugs are made to stand up to the elements. They're easy to clean, durable and look great.
The entryway rug should have low clearance so that the door can swing over the rug without catching on it. Flat weave or low pile rugs are the best option for the entryway. Low clearance rugs are easier to keep clean than the higher pile rugs. Dirt and debris can easily be vacuumed from low pile rugs.
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