How to choose the perfect rug

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Published: 17th June 2015
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When decorating a room, it is suggested to start with a rug; because it provides a firm foundation for the color, texture and style. The norms of choosing the perfect rug is to first identify the color, the lifestyle and the size.

Decorating with area rugs is a great way to add personality, instant comfort and style to any room. Take a look at the design and color scheme that was already started to make sure the rug compliments the existing decorations. As a general rule of thumb, the darker color impacts a warm and cozy feeling to the room while the bold and bright colors make the room spacious and playful. To tie the look of the room together, it is best to select a rug that coordinates with the paint color, furniture and accessories already placed in the room. Neutral walls and furnishings allow a bold rug to take the center stage. If the primary furniture’s like the sofa is a solid color, then it is best to select a patterned rug. However, if the primary furniture’s has multiple colors then choose a solid rug to ground all the all colors together, since it is well known that area rugs serve as an anchor to any room as the color and style usually establishes the mood.

For an investment rug that is sure to last, make sure that it would also live up to personal lifestyle. Upon making the choice, keep into account the children, pets and where the rug is going to be placed for its color and material. If it is going to be placed in a high-activity area where there is likely to have a big probability of spills and stains like the family room, it is best to get a rug with an excellent quality material that is durable and easy to clean. It is recommended to get a darker color rug for easy cleaning as it is also perfect in hiding dirt and stains in order to enjoy the family time instead of cleaning all the time. Ascertaining the right rug material plays as a vital factor where it is going to be placed, common material options are wool and synthetic. Though woolen rugs are also durable, they are widely used as decorative elements. For handling extensive foot traffic, it is always best to select a shag type of rugs.

After the lifestyle type of rug was determined, the correct rug size is the next to be identified. It may seem easy to judge the size of the rug but it is better to do the measuring up front before going shopping, do a little research by measuring the area where the rug is going to be placed. It is often recommended to use a 5’0” x 8’0” or 6”0 x 9’0” to cluster furniture’s around intimate areas of the room. As a general designer rule, it is always best to leave between 18” – 24” of exposed floor around all sides of the rug to allow space definition but then again the maximum amount of exposed floor is largely up to personal preference. For bedroom rugs, make sure that the rug size is large enough to take a step or two upon getting out of bed. For dining rooms, the rug has to be at least 24”-30” larger than the table on all sides to allow chairs to be pulled in and out. Most dining room tables require a rug that is at least 8’0 feet wide. For living rooms and family rooms, it is always best to position the furniture first because it will help decide and figure out where the rug is going to be and how large the available space for use. For easy reference, try using a sofa as a measuring guide; make sure that the rug is at least as long as the sofa. Keep in mind that furniture legs can be positioned on or off the rug or whichever works best with the arrangement.

Finally, do keep traffic patterns in mind when determining rug placement. Constant stepping on the rug as you move through a space can be annoying and even a trip hazard. A rug should enhance the room’s comfort and style, not to distract ones attention. Selection of the right rug isn’t always easy. It involves devotion of time and consideration of the above mentioned factors

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