When it comes to decorating—and especially with rugs—interior designer, product designer, and author Lauren Liess has a strong point of view. That’s why we partnered with her on our very first designer rugs collection, creating a selection of stunning styles ranging from washables to jutes that reflect the layered, natural, and sophisticated aesthetic Lauren is known for. To celebrate the launch, we sat down with Lauren to get her best rug and decorating tips for incorporating her collection into your home.
Tip 1: Bring in the natural world with jutes.
“I love bringing the outdoors in and adding natural warmth to a space,” Lauren says. “I feel like it really keeps spaces from feeling cold and sterile. If you’re looking to make a space feel cozy and lived-in, the best thing you can do is bring in a natural fiber jute rug. You can put it underneath an existing patterned rug, or just leave it clean and do the natural fiber. It makes the room feel tactile and touchable, and I love being able to play with all the different textures.”
Tip 2: When it comes to size, go big.
“Do not select a rug that’s too small!” Lauren says. “I say that all the time—I’m a real stickler. Go as large as you can in a room. In my mind, that’s usually about 24-30 inches away from the wall. If you have a bigger space, your rug can sit further away from the wall, and if you have a smaller space, you can sit a bit closer to the wall.”
Tip 3: Be thoughtful with placement.
Rug placement is just as important (and goes hand-in-hand with) finding the right size rug. Lauren recommends getting a rug that’s big enough for all four legs of furniture to sit on the rug. Although if that’s not possible for your layout, aim for the front legs of your furniture to rest on the rug.
Tip 4: Choose durable styles that will last.
“Having a busy life with five kids and three dogs, it was really important for me to have some washable rugs in this collection,” Lauren says. “We have more accidents than I should be admitting on here. But washable rugs are amazing. To be able to throw a rug in the washing machine when something happens, it’s freeing. It’s just so much more comfortable to live like that and relax.”
Jute rugs are another durable go-to for Lauren, and a favorite pick for her family room. “They’re very forgiving,” she says. “And you can keep them for years. I definitely recommend jutes for a busy family.”
Tip 5: Create extra texture with layers.
Lauren is big on layering rugs, especially when it comes to incorporating a rug you already own. “Lots of times, clients will already have a rug or vintage rug from a family member, and it’s just too small to really function in a room,” Lauren says. “So we’ll layer a large, natural fiber rug underneath to extend the rug and create a border around it.”
Lauren’s rule of thumb for layering rugs is to have at least a 12-inch border around the side of the top rug to really show off the beauty of the bottom layer.