Small rugs are often positioned in the most aesthetic places as a decoration or practicality, where as larger rugs need specific placement to get the most out of them visually. Large rugs are usually used as a type of furnishing or as a base for other main feature furnishings to give a stylish and decorative look. If you are thinking about placing a large rug under your dining room table then there are certain design rules you should consider.
The dining room table should be completely central to the rug; the most appealing size would be one that extends 24” from each side of your dining room table. The rug should be long enough to accommodate not only the table but the chairs too, allowing for someone to push back a chair to leave the table with the chair’s legs still residing on the rug. This is more so for a practical purpose, but this also looks better visually. If your table can be extended do not forget to take this into account when obtaining measurements for your rug. The entire room should be measured if possible to ensure even sides and to prevent doors from catching on the rug.
A rug under the dining room table can give your dining room warmth if it seems too cold and uninviting. A rug can give your dining room a finished effect, whilst adding elegance and style if it suitably matches your decor. It is a well known fact that all rooms look better with an area rug if only to add bursts of colour and texture. Your floor will also be protected from the scraping of chair legs, especially if your flooring is laminate or wooden. A rug will also minimise echoing and protect your feet from cold floors.
When considering the colour and pattern of the rug it is important to take your existing furniture and decor into account. If your dining room has a certain style, whether it be modern or traditional for example, your rug should complement the room, or contrast beautifully. You should also consider the shape of the rug you want, an oval dining room table may benefit from an oval shaped rug and a rectangular dining room table may benefit from a rectangular shaped rug. That’s not to say you cannot place an oval table on a rectangular rug. It is important to use your imagination and own sense of style when choosing.