“It really depends on the rug and the room. If it’s a wool or natural-fiber rug, I often fill the room and leave about an 18-inch border between the rug and the wall. With antique and vintage throw rugs, their dimensions are usually smaller and random.
I love a good throw rug at the end of the bed or just under the coffee table. If it feels too small, layer it over a larger one.”
Design by Katie Martinez. Photo by Aubrie Pick
Do the same rug-size guidelines apply to all spaces?
“No. In a bedroom, I bring the rug just in front of the night stands and use that same border around the rest of the room or sometimes in front of a dresser or desk.
For dining rooms, I like to keep a good amount on each side of the table so the chairs don’t catch on it but it doesn’t need to fill the whole room.
I like to use vintage throw rugs in living rooms, and often the furniture is half on the rug and half off. It really depends on the rug and the vibe of the room.”
Interior designer Katie Martinez worked for some of the top firms in New York and San Francisco before opening her own diminutive Bay Area studio in 2013, where her projects range from industrial-cool offices for a start-up to a historic house in wine country. For Martinez, small means thinking big.