I’m a HUGE fan of decorating with color and pattern, and area rugs are an awesome way to introduce both into your home. But how do you choose the right-sized rug? It’s tricky when you’re in a store and a rug looks huge – but then you get it home, and it’s about the size of a postage stamp. (Whomp whomp.) That’s why I’ve created a free area rug size guide that you can download right here.
In general, bigger is better.
The most common mistake I see with area rugs is choosing ones that are too small. I know it can feel scary to pull the trigger on a large rug, but trust me, it’s worth it for the visual impact it has on a space! Here’s a room-by-room look at the best rug sizes.
In a bedroom with a queen-size bed,
6×9 is about the smallest size that. works. An 8×10 is even better and will ensure that the bed and nightstands will be happily situated on the rug. For a room with a king-size bed, go bigger if you can. 8×10 works, but a 9×12 feels large and luxurious.
In the living room,
beware of the dreaded POSTAGE STAMP RUG! You know – when a rug is so small that it just sits in front of all of the furniture looking like a teeny tiny postage stamp? A 4×6 or even 5×7 rug won’t cut it. 6×9 is about the smallest rug that’ll look right in your room, and again, bigger is going to be better.
Is a larger rug more expensive? Of course. But is it going to make the difference between your room looking piecemeal or perfectly polished? Absolutely. Save your money on the accent chairs no one will use, and invest in the perfect rug instead.
In the dining room,
there’s one key thing to remember when choosing your area rug size – and that is that you’ll want to leave around 2′ of space between the edge of your dining table and the edge of the rug. That leaves enough space for your chairs to be pulled in and out comfortably without falling off the edge of the rug (which is the literal worst).
What if your rug is too small – but you love it?
If you already have an area rug you love but it’s just too darn small, there is a solution – and that’s to layer it over a larger rug. In the colorful living room below, we layered a plush (but small) sheepskin over a large round leopard-print rug. Layered rugs add depth, dimension, and interest to a room and are most successful when one rug is patterned and exciting, and the other is simpler and more subdued.
Grab your FREE area rug size guide.
You can download your free area rug size guide right here. The visual guides and design tips included will help you choose an ideally sized rug for your living room, dining room, and bedroom. I’ve also shared some examples of area rugs that are the wrong size, and why. I hope this is a useful tool for you as you start rug shopping!
This is one of those things that seems a little quirky and taboo, and people are really unsure if this is okay – can you use rugs in the kitchen?
My answer: heck yes to rugs in the kitchen!
Area rugs are an awesome way to bring a jolt of color, pattern, softness, and sound-dampening to a space. And a kitchen, with all its hard surfaces, can really benefit from something soft and squishy like an area rug.
An area rug (or more likely given the space constraints, a runner) is a rad addition to a galley kitchen or a kitchen with an island. I like to leave a few inches of space on either side of the runner to let some floor peek out, but I don’t want the rug so narrow that my feet hang off of it when I’m working at the counter (ugh).
What do you need to know about rugs in the kitchen?
First: that any rug in the kitchen is going to get wet and dirty. It’s inevitable. So be sure to select a rug that’s durable and easy to clean. A 100% wool runner is a great choice for a kitchen, as is any kind of indoor/outdoor rug.
A good-quality vintage rug that has stood the test of time is also a rad idea for a kitchen. That distressed look is going to be super-forgiving with kitchen spills and stains.
But please, for the love of all that is holy, stay away from rugs that contain viscose fibers! While viscose looks real pretty (it has the look and feel of silk) that stuff is a nightmare to maintain, in the kitchen or otherwise. Viscose rugs shed, stain easily (even plain water can leave marks), and are a big no-no from many designers I speak with. Rugs crafted of a natural fiber like wool, or a durable synthetic like polypropylene are far better choices for a kitchen.
If you’re dreaming of updating your kitchen, be sure to grab the FREE Essential Kitchen Design Checklist to help you get started.
I looooove me a good project reveal! This Waco family-friendly kitchen remodel was such a blast to work on, and any time a client gives the go-ahead for a bright blue island you just KNOW the end result is going to be smashing.
If you remember the “before” photos, my client was trapped in a generic wannabe-farmhouse kitchen with a faux shiplap wall. A sledgehammer took care of our little shiplap problem lickety-split, and the custom-designed massive 11′ long island became a much-deserved focal point. This sweet family has 3 kids under 3 and a large island to seat everyone comfortably was a must-have (as was a low-maintenance quartz countertop).
Mixing metals, layering textures, and playing with color and pattern was key to bring interest to this otherwise neutral space. Black hardware and fixtures are unexpected and fresh, which meant that brass and chrome accents could layer in without being too dominating. (I’m obsessed with those black hexagon drawer pulls!)
The large reclaimed barn door was already in the home, and I love it because warms up the otherwise cool palette in the kitchen. Without warm woods, a blue and white kitchen would feel pretty sterile. Brass + wood = instant warmth and contrast.
You can never go wrong with tea towels that feature animals dressed like humans, right? Even kitchens need a little quirk factor.
And just for fun, while we were busy smashing down shiplap and busting up bad tile floors we did a little makeover of the laundry room and master closet too. The ho-hum laundry room got jazzed up with graphic concrete tiles and a fresh quartz countertop, and we designed a pretty little office nook in the master closet to create a much-needed private home workspace for mama.
I bet they’re going to have a pretty epic Thanksgiving dinner in their new super family-friendly kitchen! (And I hope they invite me, too.)
Photos: Jeff Jones Photography
It’s a good thing I really love my home office. Because if I weren’t so crazy about it, I would totally be stealing every single design element in this warm and modern home office with dark teal walls. Yes. You heard me. DARK. TEAL. WALLS.
Ugggh. This space is going to look so good when it all comes together!
This home office design is a Design Kit
created for a cool client here in Waco. She currently works from home with beige walls, beige carpet, and a queen-size bed jammed into her modest office space. Not exactly great for space planning or productivity, right?
The first order of business
was to remove the bulky queen bed and install a space-saving wall bed instead. This way, the room can be converted into a guest space on rare occasions, but has so much more room to function primarily as an office.
To jazz up the bookshelves with a metallic pop
I selected my favorite metallic wallpaper for the back of the shelves. I love the way a fun pattern makes a basic bookshelf feel complete and well-styled with minimal effort.
It’s not shown in the moodboard above,
but we selected a lot of cool art for the space, ranging from limited-edition framed art prints to a hilarious illustration of various breeds of dogs wearing glasses. Because if you can’t make work fun, it’s going to totally suck to be in that office every day. This room doesn’t have a large footprint but does have 12′ ceilings, so creating a colorful gallery wall above the desk will create a cool focal point and also use the height of the room to our advantage.
I love seeing these DIY Design Kits come to life.
We design, our clients make the magic happen! If you’re interested in your own custom DIY Design Kit you can find out more here.
There’s nothing better than a satisfying “after” photo, and I’ve been dying to share this colorful kids craft room with you! You may remember the “before” photos from this space in Waco, Texas:
Yup. Snooooooozefest. But don’t worry – some funky wallpaper, chic furnishings, and gorgeous original art has totally transformed this space.
We kept the existing paint color – Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – since it’s such a classic, pretty grey. And it was the perfect neutral backdrop to allow the bold color and pattern of the wallpaper, art, area rug, and accessories to be the star of the show.
The kids each have their own personalized workspace, complete with adorable desk lamps and industrial-chic bulletin boards to display homework, crafts, and artistic creations.
And lucky mama, who’s an entrepreneur and works primarily from home, gets this UHHMAZING workspace. The brass and white lacquer desk is beyond chic in person, and the original artwork by Lesley Grainger brings such a fun energy to the room and ties in the bright wallpaper and area rug.
And can we please take a moment to savor this incredible custom floral arrangement from Tenfold Floral? Adair and Aelish from Tenfold are flower-loving geniuses who used the moodboards for this project as inspiration to create this stunning centerpiece as a thank-you gift for my client.
I’m so grateful when clients let me play and push the envelope with color, pattern, and design. I think this colorful kids craft room is a smashing success. (And big thanks to my rockstar photographer Jeff Jones for translating this space into these gorgeous photos.)
Some weeks, you spend more waking hours in your office than at home. Shouldn’t your office totally rock and be a space that supports and inspires your awesome work? I love designing offices because I’m a nerd who is obsessed with office supplies, plus I believe that a “corporate” space doesn’t have to suck.
Let’s go behind the scenes of one of Lesley Myrick Art + Design’s commercial interior design projects and take a tour of this chic and badass Realtor’s office in Waco, Texas. I’ve shared the progress and the after photos previously but dive a little deeper in today’s video:
Can’t view the embedded video above? Click here. Prefer to read? Transcript is below.
Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here.
I’m an interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create interiors with an offbeat edge.
So at Lesley Myrick Art + Design we mainly do residential design projects.
I love doing people’s houses. It’s been my goal since I was five years old to “make people’s houses pretty.”
But every once in a while…
a commercial project comes our way and they’re usually so much fun there’s no way I can say no.
We recently wrapped a project with a Realtor’s office here in Waco, Texas, and I want to walk you through the whole design from start to finish.
So you can see the space was a pretty big corporate snooze-fest. Bad ceilings, ugly carpet – the saving grace was the phenomenal walls of windows that this office had.
This Realtor loves turquoise and white,
and feminine, and brass, and just this fresh, pretty vibe and it was so much fun to get to translate her wishes into this space.
So, here’s a look at the Pinterest board where we started pulling together our ideas and selections. And here’s the moodboard to give you an idea of how all those pieces were going to work together in the space.
Doing these moodboards is one of my favorite things for clients because it really starts to give them a sense of proportion. How colors are going to fit together; the scale of furniture pieces; how all these sort of random items are actually going to flow in a room.
And what I love the most is..
seeing the moodboard and then – aaah! The final space.
Even though this is what I do, it is still so cool to me to see when my vision comes to life and looks how I planned it.
I think this office is so chic, and if I were a client of hers I would be so impressed working in this Realtor’s office. It’s fresh, it’s pretty, it’s professional, it’s sleek, it shows she has style and pizzazz – and that’s exactly what we were going for.
Plus – there’s a bar. You can’t argue with having a bar in an office.
This is just one of many design projects that we’ve been working on.
I love what I do and I’d love to do it for you too.
If you’ve been needing an expert eye to guide you through a design project or if you’re just feeling stuck, I would love to talk to you.
You can book your complimentary Design Discovery Call where we’ll get to know each other and start the process of making something awesome together. ✌