Rug Style Guide

January 18, 2024 3 min read

In addition to adding comfort and warmth to your space, non toxic rugs will add a visual interest to your room. A rug is a simple way to update the entire look of your space.

This rug style guide provides an overview of different rug styles and placement considerations to keep in mind when selecting a non toxic rug for your home.

Many interior designers START WITH THE RUG and build the room around it. We love the idea of the rug being the foundation of the room with all of the colors coordinating with it.

Many factors are to be considered, so here is a list of styling tips we’ve gathered for you. Whether you are decorating from scratch or updating a room, we hope these rug style tips will help. 

Read on for tips on how to select the perfect non toxic rug style for your living room, dining room, bedroom or child's room.

Rug Styling Tips

Size matters

The size of a rug is very important to consider when choosing a rug. It’s very easy to buy a rug that is too small or too big. 

  • Living Room: Choose a rug that is large enough to fit the space but not too big to swallow the furniture

  • Dining Room: Select a rug that is at least 24" larger than your dining table and large enough to fit all four chair legs, even when the chairs are pulled out

  • Bedroom: Leave enough room on each side of your bed, ensuring the rug is not too small or too big for the space

Check out our rug size guidefor more details.


TIP: Ensure rug pile height allows guests to move seating in and away from tables.

So many shapes

Rugs are available in a variety of shapes: rectangle, circle and runner and custom shapes. Whether your goal is to simply have a comfortable surface for your feet or to frame your living room, don’t be afraid to play with shapes. Layering rugs of different shapes, textures and sizes can be a fun way to add a focal point.

If you are inspired to create a custom shaped rug, we can work with you to achieve the shape.


Most of our rugs can be ordered as rectangles, round and runners.

Please get in touch to discuss the options.

Define areas

Open-plan home layouts are becoming more and more popular. Rugs are an easy way to create a subtle visual separation from one room to another. Furniture placement comes together cohesively with a rug as grounding element supporting it.                                   

Harmonious palette

To create a cohesive look, choose a rug that ties in the colors of your existing furniture and pieces of decor. It could also be of a complementing color, adding an accent to your space. If you use the rug as the base of your decor, its color scheme can be the source of inspiration for the rest of the furnishings. 

Pattern vs Solid

If your furniture is on the solid color side, a patterned rug can create a nice contrast, making it a focal point in the room. If you prefer a simple look, choosing a solid color rug is a great option.

Play with textures

If you don’t like to risk your decor with colors or patterns, choosing a rug with an appealing texture can subtly add visual interest to your space

Rugs with varied textures, such as shag and mixed pile elements, are popular for adding comfort and dimension to your space.

This element adds more dimension to a room than a solid colored rug.



For heavy foot traffic, an organic wool rug is always recommended as organic wool is naturally stain and soil resistant.

For areas that don't get heavy foot traffic - like bedrooms, an organic wool or an organic cotton rug would be suitable.

Fibers - Wool vs Cotton

To Consider when Choosing a Rug:



Room Placement

Pattern v Solid




Rotate your rug to avoid wear from repetitive traffic patterns.

I believe that a truly beautiful rug is one that is impeccably hand crafted by artisans who are treated fairly and made with materials that are in harmony with nature. Non-toxic production is healthier for everyone - the artisans, the planet, and you.

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The Author: Linda Alexanian

Linda is the Founder of Organic Weave. As a third generation rug merchant, Linda is passionate about the art of making handmade rugs with all natural materials.

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