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Dining Room Rug Ideas

You may be a little hesitant to put a rug in the one room in your home where crumbs are unavoidable and spills are inevitable. But if you follow a few simple guidelines and get inspired by some lovely dining room rug ideas, you can up-level your dining room style in one easy step with an area rug.

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Sizing Your Dining Room Rug

We often get asked what is the right size rug for a dining room? Here are a few simple guidelines for choosing a dining room rug you’ll love (and love to take care of!):

  • When in doubt, go big. An easy way to know how big your dining room rug should be is to measure your dining table and then add 24” to each side. This ensures that your dining chairs can move easily over the rug without catching.
  • Choose a dark or busy pattern for the rug under your dining table to hide spills and stains.
  • Pick a rug that’s made of a durable and easy-to-clean material such as wool or cotton. Indoor/outdoor rugs are also made to take a beating and can easily be cleaned with a hose.
  • Save the shag rugs for the living room. Your dining room rug should be a low pile or flatweave. This makes clean up much easier and allows you to easily slide chairs under your kitchen table.

Dining Room Rug Style

Let’s take a look at some of the top trending dining room rug ideas:

Farmhouse. The farmhouse look is super in right now, and it’s not hard to understand why. Farmhouse style has an easy authentic feel that is simple and inviting. For a farmhouse style dining room rug think nostalgic but clean.

  • Vintage style oriental rugs in blues or grays look great under a natural wood dining table.
  • A simple jute woven rug gives an organic feel when placed under a white farmhouse table.
  • If you’re going for a modern farmhouse vibe try a neutral colored tribal style rug in a hand knotted wool or cotton.

Southwestern. If your home is more on the rustic side, try a flatwoven wool rug in a tribal or southwest pattern.

  • Don’t be afraid to add some vivid colors (think sandstone, rust, deep blue, and gold). These rich colors will help giving your dining room a definite rustic vibe.
  • For something a little more unexpected, try layering a cowhide rug (natural or synthetic) over a neutral jute or sisal rug.

Glam. Glam style is an elegant play between under and overstated. It combines chic neutrals with polished accents. To choose a dining room rug for your glam space, look for something with a luxurious feel (while still avoiding longer piles) in neutral grays and off whites. A patterned rug in lighter colors will help to hide crumbs and spills.

Industrial. Industrial style combines rustic elements in their raw unfinished form with an urban environment. Raw metal, concrete floors and exposed beams are softened with plush natural fibers like wool, leather, and wood.

  • For your industrial style dining room, look for a rug in mostly black and gray tones with a little white added for balance.
  • Geometric or subtle abstract patterns work well in these spaces.
  • If you want to add even more softness, go for a transitional rug in a casual vintage or tribal style.



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