Area rugs have the ability to transform the look and feel of a room in just minutes. It goes without saying that they make powerful floor artwork pieces and that is why they have not been phased out even in these modern times. Due to their popularity throughout the ages, area rugs have gone beyond the traditional, culture-based weaving system to a more 21st century kind of process that is much faster.
Despite the growth of the carpet manufacturing industry, traditional weavers continue to reap from their labor-intensive venture as the demand for antique rugs soars on a daily basis. If you have been thinking about updating your home style, maybe a rug is all you need. This is because it is much easier to pick out something that complements your existing décor instead of doing a whole renovation.
So, how do you go about the selection process? I am glad you asked!
This post is all about getting you there, so read on and discover pro tips that can help you to effortlessly bring the glam lifestyle into your home.
What should you consider when choosing an area rug?
1. The Room
Different rooms serve various purposes and that is why it is important to pick out a rug depending on where you intend to put it so that it complements the functions of that particular room. High traffic areas, for example, require rugs that are able to withstand heavy use over a long period of time.
This is what should guide you depending on the room:
Dining area: Choose a rug only after measuring the width and length of your dining set. This ensures that it extends 18 inches beyond the table’s edge. Additionally, choose one with a pattern or color that matches with the living room rug as this creates flow.
Kitchen: Since a lot of time is spent on your feet when preparing meals, placing a rug around your workstation is ideal since it helps to ease the pain in the lower back and legs. Remember to keep it a few inches away from the cabinets and ensure it is slip-resistant to prevent accidents.
Bedroom: This is a great place for a high-pile rug as it makes the room cozy and provides a warm landing place in the early morning for your feet. It should only extend at least two feet away from the edge of the bed so that it doesn’t cover the whole room. You can alternatively use runners on every side of the bed to mimic a similar look and feel.
Consider how various colors can work with existing tones of the floor, walls, or ceiling if you do not have furniture in the room. However, if a room is already furnished, pick a rug that is neutral in color or one that is secondary to the dominant color in the room, so that it blends well with the existing décor.
Deep, rich colors create intimacy while lighter colors create a more open feeling, which is great for a smaller space or room. On the other hand, rugs can act as a room’s focal point to provide the main color source for furnishings in the room.
The pattern is closely tied to color, therefore choose rugs that match well with the colors and patterns in the room. If your walls or furniture are full of patterns then a solid rug can balance out the décor to make it more appealing to the eye. However, if the main color in the room is solid, then an intricately patterned rug is great for livening up your space.
Look for rugs that leave an equal space all around the room. A rule of thumb for average-sized rooms is to keep 10-20 inches space of uncovered floor between the rug’s edges and the surrounding walls. Hall rugs should have at least six inches of floor showing on both sides. While in larger rooms, say an open space, the size of a rug should reflect the space you wish to highlight or the arrangement of furniture in the room.
The cost of a rug is dependent on the kind of material it is made from and the size. The fibers can either be natural or synthetic. Those made from wool and cotton, for example, are costly yet require high maintenance. Synthetic ones are more affordable and they have an ability to resist fading and stains much better than the natural type.
Consider using the cost of furniture in the room as a guide to come up with a budget for your rug. This preempts the need for constant replacements as the both the rug and furnishings in the room get to share a shelf life.
Now that you’ve made your choice, it is entirely up to you to ensure your rugs are cared for in the proper way. Avoid leaving your carpet in direct sunlight and don’t let spills sit in the carpet before cleaning them. For extra care, use a rug pad as it reduces wears and tears on your rug as well as the possibility of smooth –surface floors being scratched by the rug and lastly absorbs the impact of noise and feet.