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A rug should echo the shape of the fur­ni­ture that will sit on it, like the rec­tan­gu­lar ta­ble-rug combo, left. Use the same ap­proach in the liv­ing room. If you have a rec­tan­gu­lar fur­ni­ture ar­range­ment, “a rec­tan­gu­lar rug that en­com­passes the en­tire group­ing makes the most sense,” says de­signer An­nie Selke, founder of Dash & Al­bert.


An­other strat­egy is to let the shape of your room dic­tate your pick. “If a room is nar­row and long, avoid a cir­cu­lar (or square) rug. It will alien­ate the cor­ners of a room,” says Bob Mar­gies, di­rec­tor of in­stal­la­tion for Merida Stu­dio, maker of nat­u­ral-fiber hand-fin­ished rugs.

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