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Carpe Diem: Rugs

Carpe Diem: Rugs

If you want to feel as snug as a bug in a rug in your house…. It helps if you actually have some rugs. Our expert interior designer Casey Alvarez Blanco of Brass Arrow said you should have a plan before you just go out and buy whatever you think looks nice.

"One of the biggest mistakes that I see is rugs that are too small," said Blanco. "If your rug is only under your coffee table and none of the other furniture is on the rug...that's wrong," said Blanco.

In this segment of "Carpe Diem," Blanco explained and demonstrated why you want to aim for at least the front two legs of every piece of furniture to be on the rug.

"In my opinion bigger is better. So if you can't get all the furniture on the rug, at the least the two front two legs of every piece of furniture in the room," Blanco said.

One exception to this rule, however, may be in the dining room. "When you pull out the chair, you want to have the chair still be on the rug. So you want the rug to be about 1 or 2 feet bigger than the dining table," Blanco said.

Blanco advised investing in either traditional rugs, such as Persian rugs like the ones we found at the Persian Rug Gallery or contemporary and modern rugs made of natural fibers, such as those we found at Laura Carillo Designs.

However, Blanco said it's OK to purchase a synthetic rug that is less expensive if you know you're not going to try to keep it forever. On "Gear Friday" we'll learn what to look for to make sure you're buying a quality rug.

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