An entryway rug provides the first impression of your home’s interior, setting the tone for you, your family, and your guests every time you walk in the door. That’s why choosing the right rug for your entryway is so important. JCPenney brings you a wide selection of rugs that will help you pick out a rug that is functional and stylish. While there is no one-size-fits-all rule for entryway rugs, there are some general guidelines you can focus on. Scroll down to know everything about entryways shapes, set-ups, and décor to find the best entryway rug for you.
General Rules to Keep in Mind
- Your entryway rug should tick several boxes. It should fit comfortably in your space, so make sure to take measurements to ensure you’re not choosing a rug that’s too large. Make sure your entryway rug is at least as wide as your doorway to prevent accidents in your home. The sides of smaller rugs are much easier to trip over than large rugs.
- Entryways are high-traffic areas, so pick ones that can be cleaned easily. Avoid high-pile rugs because their long fibers will attract and trap dirt and debris. Also, a short pile is much easier to vacuum clean.
- Patterned rugs bring an appealing quirkiness to your entryway while hiding dirt and grime. If you prefer a plain rug, make sure you lay down a welcome mat outside your door. This mat will remove extra dirt and grime from shoes so your entryway rug can stay cleaner for longer. Alternatively, don’t be afraid to request that visitors leave their shoes at the door.
Rugs For Standard Entryways
Consider the shape and length of your entryway when selecting a rug. Long entranceways suit runner rugs that extend down the full length of the hallway. These long hallway runners complement the shape of your hallway and create a cohesive look. Alternatively, a rectangular rug can help define a wide but shallow entryway. Choose a plain-colored rug that contrasts with your floor covering or one that’s patterned for the maximum impact in your space. Leave at least eight inches on each side of your rectangular rug to ensure your entryway doesn’t feel smaller than it is.
If you prefer a unique feature, try an oval rug or one with decorations. Oval and round rugs are fetching in entryways with arched doors, as their matching curves lend a welcoming vibe.
Rugs For Grand Entryway
Large entryways deserve rugs befitting their grandeur. A round rug is a perfect foil for a grand entryway with a spiral staircase. Oriental and Persian rugs have the right sense of occasion for any grand entranceway. If you want a rug with a little more personality, play with unusual shapes and prints. Octagonal rugs, for example, can add real interest to a grand entryway, as can rugs with unusual abstract or geometric patterns.
Rugs for Small Entryways
Large rugs with big bold prints will make the strongest statement in small entryways. Measure your entryway and try to find a rug that takes up most of its space. Choose a rug with a strong geometric pattern. The combination of the large rug with a big print will fool the eye into thinking your entryway is more spacious than it really is. Make sure to leave adequate space around furniture though, as your rug will seem crammed in if it touches your existing pieces.
Rugs for Mudroom Entryways
While it’s still important for mudroom entryway rugs to look good, aesthetics take a backseat on functionality. The best rugs for these spaces are durable enough to withstand the punishment of regular foot traffic and those items we regularly toss down at the end of a hard, dirty day — like shoes, school bags, and sporting goods. Indoor-outdoor rugs are made of tough enough stuff to survive whatever your family throws at them.
Jute and sisal rugs are ideal when durability matters. Both are hardy, natural fibers, but jute is a bit softer than sisal, which is stronger. Rugs made from these fibers are inexpensive and ideal for people with allergies. Patterned rugs are your friend in a mudroom entryway because their markings will camouflage any dirt or muddy footprints (and pawprints) that your family leaves behind until you’re ready for vacuuming.
No matter what kind of entryway and décor your home has, JCPenney has the right rug for you. Browse the range online to find the perfect complement to your entryway. Tag us #AllAtJCP and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you are featured.