The white shag rug–do you dare? There’s no better time than the colder fall and winter months to bring this color into your home. A white rug can be just as practical as darker colors in the right room with a few helpful guidelines.
A white rug is like a blank canvas full of potential. Style your home like an interior designer with contrasting colors and textures. For example, a high-pile rug like a shag pairs well with a sleek leather sofa, and a tighter weave goes perfectly with soft velvet upholstery. Pair with furnishings that you really want to showcase to bring everything together.
Keeping a white rug clean is always a top concern when deciding to bring one into your home. But, never fear, there are quite a few tricks you can use to keep the white brights as long as possible! Fluffy white options like sheepskin and flokati trap dirt in their long fibers so it’s not as visible on the surface, keeping them looking brighter and whiter. Another option is choosing a white rug made from wool or synthetics like olefin, polyester, and nylon because they’re made to resist stains. On top of that, it doesn’t hurt to purchase a carpet protector spray to help repel stains.
When it comes to keeping your white rug in great shape, consider placing avoid placing it in a rooms with heavy traffic, like entryways, family rooms, and kids’ rooms. Instead, save them for formal living rooms, bedrooms, guest rooms, and home offices. Remove your shoes when you do walk on a white rug because the less grime that comes into contact with it, the better. Vacuum regularly to eliminate dirt before it’s ground in. Pro tip: instead of taking a vacuum to the shaggy front side, flip the rug over and vacuum the back using suction only–no brush required. This will reduce the risk of matting and snags and will shake out dust and debris to give your rug a fluffy finish.
If you love the look of a white rug but are truly nervous about it, compromise with a cream color and a subtle tone-on-tone pattern to get a similar effect.