To be, or not to be: that is the question. More specifically, to be a rug-in-the-dining-room person or not, is the question. Which are you?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but people on either side of this age-old debate might have you believe otherwise. There are pretty convincing arguments on both sides.
Pro-rug people argue that a room just doesn’t look finished without a rug. Rugs not only protect your floors, but they add visual interest and are a great way to add a little pattern, color, and texture into your dining room. They’ll tell you that a rug will help define the space (especially in an open concept floor plan). Well… they aren’t wrong.
But the anti-ruggers make equally good points. Rugs are a big investment and if your lifestyle isn’t currently conducive to having an area rug in your dining room, it would be a waste of money. Chairs catch on rugs, babies and kids (and clumsy adults) spill on rugs, and pets do… well, pets do ALL kinds of bad things to them. Rugs also collect dust and allergens and do need to be vacuumed and cleaned.
If you’re in the season of life where kids and pets are roaming free, this might not be the best time for you to have an area rug and that’s ok! If you do feel like now is the time, however, make sure you find a rug that makes sense for your dining area. There are many things to consider when purchasing a rug, but more on that later. And when in doubt, call your decorator!