Rugs can be great for adding texture, design and warmth to your room. Especially a curated Banana Manor Handmade Rug. But finding the right one for your space can be tricky. And let’s be real. This is not something you do regularly and have down to a science. Here are some tips to help you choose the right size and style of rug for YOU.

SIZE-The first thing to consider when choosing a rug is making sure you’re picking the right size for your space. Having a rug that’s too big can "swallow up a room", and a rug that’s too small can completely throw off the flow of your space and immediately make the room “not look right”. Rug sizes will vary depending on the space that you are intending it for, so check out this helpful guide with rug sizing tips for each room in your home.

STYLE-Now that you know which size rug you need for your space, it's time to decide on a rug that works best for you and your lifestyle. Here are a few things to figure into the equation.

CONSTRUCTION -It’s important to make sure that you love the look of your rug, but above all it needs to suit your current lifestyle. For example, low traffic areas are great for more delicate, higher pile rugs as they won’t need to weather a lot of wear. But if your living area needs to accommodate a lot of traffic as well as pets and kids, you’ll want to consider the cleanability and durability of your rug. Lower pile wool blends & polyesters are great for these sorts of spaces. Our indoor/outdoor rugs, made from recycled water bottles are also a great option for entryways and mudrooms as they are typically dirt repellant and easy to clean. Hell...they are great for every room, inside & out.

STYLE-There are a few things to consider when choosing the look of your rug. If your space already has a statement piece (i.e. vibrant wall art, patterned accent wall, etc.) you might want to stick with a more neutral rug so as not to create a competing visual. But if you feel like your space could use a splash of color or some more depth, you should ponder going with a statement rug with an interesting pattern or color.

Another thing to think about is the flow of your space. Open floor plans should feature rugs that complement each other, so as not to have conflicting styles in one large visual area of your home. On the other hand, if your house has more closed off rooms, you can play around with different patterns and colors throughout without worrying too much about the rugs clashing.  

LAYERING-A super common question among homeowners is whether you can layer an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet. The answer is yes indeed. As long as the area rug you choose stays in the same color family as the carpet, you can absolutely layer them. You can use the same sizing guides above for layering area rugs over full floor carpet. Another way to layer rugs is choosing a smaller area rug to layer over a larger area rug. This look works great in larger spaces like living and dining areas.

We recommend choosing a neutral rug for your bottom, largest rug and a complementary smaller rug with a different texture to lie on top. Think of it as laying a piece of art upon a neutral canvas. This technique is a great way to add that extra bit of depth and detail to larger spaces. See below for how to choose the right sizes when layering multiple area rugs.

One of the most important tips we can give you is to always use a rug pad under your area rug. This is so important for the durability of not only your rug but also your flooring underneath. Rug pads help lengthen the life of your area rug, and they also help prevent scratching and scuffing on your flooring. If you ask us, rug pads are always a must.  

Fyi…if you can’t find the right size rug pad, you can always cut them to size. But that won’t happen with Banana Manor because we provide three different styles of rugs pads-all available in all standard and any custom size you need. With no upcharge for custom.

We hope this guide provides you with some useful tips on finding the perfect rug for your space. If you live in New Orleans or will be visiting, schedule an appointment to come to the Banana Manor Rug Studio and choose from hundreds of rug samples to select your Made to Order Rugs. With complete custom abilities to change color and design.  

Or if you live far, far away…then email pics to of rooms you need guidance with and we will send you back links to narrow it down to some winning options. Or call 504-644-6718 to talk it through.

Plus we are now pros at doing this via Facetime and Zoom so just reach out and we will find you the perfect handmade rugs...for $100’s, not $1000’s.