A Guide To Choosing An Area Rug For Your Space

An area rug is a key piece to your home décor. It adds pops of color as well as much-needed cushion to a modern concrete or wood floor. It’s so important that designers recommend that you buy your area rug first before you plan your paint colors, throw pillows, and other accent choices.

However, before choosing an area rug, there are a number of things you should consider to ensure you pick the perfect plush for your home.

  1. Steps To Take Before You Shop
  • Measure Your Space: Imagine how heartbreaking it would be to find the absolute perfect rug, only to later discover that it doesn’t fit your space. The good news is that most rugs come in multiple sizes so you should be able to find one that fits. Another tip is to take into account that an area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall.
  • Coordinate Colors: The rest of your room doesn’t have to match every color in an area rug, but should highlight one of the colors. Also consider what you want to accomplish in the design: lighter rugs make a room look bigger, while darker colors can bring a more homey, cozy feel.
  • Make Patterns Count: Smaller rugs that feature large flowers, abstract designs, and many colors can make any room look larger. This is especially the case for smaller areas like bathrooms or entryways. And be sure that other patterns on wallpaper or furniture don’t compete with your rug.
  • Don’t Overlook Texture: Pay attention to the different fibers available in rugs because they can add an extra dimension to a room. For example, jute and sisal can add an interesting element to your floors. You can also find rugs in wool, cotton, nylon, and acrylic – to name a few.
  • Choose Different Shapes: You don’t have to stick to rectangles. Choose octagonal or circular rugs, or consider a runner for halls or high-traffic areas.
  • Take High-Traffic Areas Into Account: Are you choosing an area rug or runner for an entry way or other high-traffic space? Then it’s recommended to choose a patterned area rug because dirt and wear won’t be as apparent.
  1. How To Choose Multiple Area Rugs For One Room

If you are furnishing a larger room, you may want to think about using more than one area rug to accent the space.  Here are some things to consider:

  • If you desire to use rugs with different types of patterns, simply make sure the colors in each are complementary and don’t compete.
  • If you want to give the illusion of two different living areas, use two same-sized rugs.
  • To make a room look more spacious or interesting, choose rugs of different sizes.
  • To simplify your effort, find brands of rugs that come in various sizes and are made to work together.
  1. The Importance Of The Rug Pad 

Do not skip the rug pad because rug tape just doesn’t cut it. Rug pads don’t just keep your area rug in place – preventing it from slipping and sliding – they also:

  • Cut down on wear and tear of the area rug
  • Absorb noise and impact of foot traffic
  • Protect your floor underneath from scratches.
  • Make vacuuming much easier

When placing an area rug over carpeting, use a pad made of thin polyester and coated with adhesive. These elements prevent darker colored rugs from bleeding through to the carpeting. To cover a wood or other smooth flooring, use pads manufactured with polyester scrim coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a bit heavier and will give a better hold.

  1. What To Expect Once Your Get Your Rug 

Once you choose the right area rug, there are several things you should know once it arrives at your home. 

  • Wool Rugs shed a lot. You might think the rug is falling apart, but know that shedding is normal. It’s recommended that you vacuum a wool area rug one or more times a week over the first month of ownership. But make sure to disable the beater bar to prevent damage.
  • Handmade Rugs are the most prestigious and sought-after kind. However, the rug fibers will tend to come loose over its lifetime. The rug might even arrive with the so-called “sprouts.” This can be easily fixed by snipping the sprout with sharp scissors so it is even with the rug’s surface. If you pull the loose fibers out by hand, the rug could unravel.

Area rugs are versatile and can even be considered a piece of furniture for your room. They can make cozy nooks or create the illusion of space. When you select the right size, color, or pattern, choosing an area rug can be simple, fun, and can completely change the look and feel of your home.

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