While it may not seem like much thought needs to go into purchasing a rug, they are a staple decoration piece in every home. The right rug can bring the look of a whole room together, and it can add life and color to a room that was otherwise plain. Choosing the right rug can sometimes be difficult, as there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to buying rugs.
Less-informed decorators may tell you things about choosing a rug that are simply not true. They may tell you that only certain colors work in certain spaces. Or that the size of the rug really isn’t that important. So, how do you separate fact from fiction and make sure you choose the right rug?
Read on to learn the most common rug lies you need to be aware of.
Size Isn’t A Big Concern
Many people will say that the color and the style of the rug are what’s important, and that size is a lesser concern. However, the truth is that the size of the rug matters a great deal. Pick a rug that’s too small, and it will just look silly and misplaced. Pick a rug that’s too big, and the ends will curl up onto the walls, making the room look incredibly tacky and thrown together.
But, choosing the right rug size is about a lot more than just measuring the spot where you are going to place it. When choosing the size of a rug, you will also want to consider the size of the room, the size of the furniture, the placement of the furniture, and the ceiling height.
While the size of the rug will vary according to where you place it, in general, you will want to make sure that the perimeter of your rug is only a few inches from the wall, and that if you place your rug under furniture, the rug is big enough for all of the legs to fit on it.
Always Be Conservative With Colors and Patterns
Another common rug lie is that neutral colors are always the way to go. Many people think that neutral colors are great because they never go out of style, and you can then switch around your furniture while keeping the same rug. While you’re guaranteed to not clash anything in your room by selecting neutral colors, neutral colors can sometimes be a bit boring.
Therefore, don’t be afraid to select a rug that has a bright color and contains bold patterns. In fact, colorful, eclectic rugs are actually the perfect design detail to add to a neutral room. They add a pop of color and life, without changing the style of the room too much.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix patterns within the same room as well. Many people think that if they place two rugs in the same room, they need to match perfectly. But, choosing different patterned and colored rugs to place in the same room can add interesting textures and give you a wider color palette to work with when decorating the rest of your room.
Rugs Should Be the Last Piece of Furniture You Decide On
Many people consider rugs an afterthought. After you’ve chosen all of your furniture and decorative pieces, you can finally decide on the rug. However, the reality is the that your decor will turn out much better if you select your rug first and then build the rest of the decor scheme around it. Of course, if the room you are buying a rug for is already decorated, then you have no choice but to choose the rug last.
But, for those who are starting from scratch, don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that you should save the rug for last.
This is because the rug is the one decor item that will have the most impact on bringing the room together. Plus, it can be incredibly difficult to find a rug that fits in with everything else in the room. If you wait to choose a rug until you are placing that last throw pillow, it is quite possible you’ll end up searching for one for a long time.
However, if you choose your rug first, you will find that there are thousands of fabrics, accessories, and colors you can place around your rug to make everything look harmonious.
Rug Pads Aren’t Necessary
Rug pads help prevent your rug from slipping and sliding around. If you are placing your rug in a highly-trafficked area, such as the front-entryway, then a rug pad is very important.
And, it’s important to remember that rug pads are necessary regardless of the size of the rug. Many people think that small rugs, such as welcome mats, don’t need a rug pad. However, the truth is that every rug in your home needs a rug pad.
Also, don’t think you can get away with using rug tape. Rug tape simply does not work as well as a rug pad. And, placing rug tape on hardwood floors will be an absolute nightmare when you try to peel it off.
Expensive Rugs Are Always the Best
Many people will tell you that the more money you spend on a rug, the better off you are. But, this is certainly not the case. Your first concern when purchasing a rug should actually be its purpose. Sure, an expensive, hand knotted wool rug may seem really cool at first, but if it doesn’t fit in with the style of your room, it’s pretty useless.
For example, if your rug is going to be placed in a high usage area, and it will likely see some spills, you should go for a rug that is made out of polypropylene or cotton. While this certainly is not the most expensive rug material, it is the one that is the easiest to clean.
Similarly, you may think an expensive, black silk rug is the way to go. However, if you have a white animal that sheds a lot, maintaining this rug is going to be an absolute nightmare.
On the same note, this does not mean you should go for the cheapest rug you can get your hands. Cheap, low-quality rugs will lose their luster after just one cleaning.
Luckily, there are high-quality rugs out there for every budget. Just be sure to work with a reputable rug company who can help you find the right ones for your needs.
You Need to Stick to the Same Rug Theme Throughout the Home
Many people think that if you place a southwestern rug in one room in your home, then all the other rugs in your home should be southwestern as well. However, this is not always the case. In fact, limiting your home to one rug style can be rather boring.
But, for rooms in your home that are more isolated, don’t be afraid to branch out into some new themes. For example, bedrooms, offices, and functional attics are all great places to play around with different rug themes and styles.