All about rugs

The time we spend searching for the right paint color, couch, window coverings, and accessories can’t even be measured. It can be so exhausting and frustrating to put a space together and have it reflect your needs and your taste. Having to add a new rug can add instant drama, warmth and style of your space. Practicality, comfort and warmth over a concrete, tile or wood floor.

Here are some points to help you choose the right rug:

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Thinking of having that subtle color, bold color, or something in the middle? Of course, you will not know until you see it there. Keep in mind that if you already have a lot of color or pattern going on in your space, you might want to stick with a single-color rug, either with a neutral or a shade which complements your existing furnishings. If you want a patterned rug with many shades, it’s better to choose it first before adding in other furniture and accessories to organize with it afterwards.

 

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Many rug buyers usually plan to buy the biggest option they can find – and afford. Remember, bigger is not always better. House Beautiful recommends to look at the dimensions of the furniture first for the dining and living rooms. Take the surface of your dining room table and add 6feet to it. So, if your table is 3’ x 6’, I would start looking at a 9’ x 12’ carpet. The main goal is to be able to pull the dining room chair back from the table and still have the legs be on the rug.

In the living room, the front legs of all furniture in the seating area should be on the rug at a minimum. In the bedroom, three or four feet of exposed rug on all 3 sides of the bed is preferred.

One more thing, it’s a good way to determine the rug size is to measure the size of the room and then subtract about 1.5 feet. This will give you a 9-inch border of exposed flooring on each side. With all of these best practices, keep in mind that most rugs on the market come in standard sizes: 6’ x 9’, 8’ x 10’, 9’ x 12’, 10’ x 14’, and 12’ x 15’. Find the closest to the size that you need.

 

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Having a well-designed space can be multi-layered, and a rug is an easy way to add a layer of texture that also amps up the room’s design profile.

According to Apartment Therapy, “This probably the most overlooked aspect when choosing a rug, but it shouldn’t be. A room with a mix of different textures feels rich and layered, and an easy way to set this tone is by paying attention to the texture of your rug. Let the finished of your existing furniture guide you, and aim for contrast. With seating in a soft fabric like velvet, something smooth and hard like a sisal might be the answer, while a sleek leather sofa looks great on something with a longer, fluffier pile.”

You should consider wearability and factors like how easy it is to clean when making your choice. And choose from the ones with natural or synthetic fibers because there are those pros and cons between the two. According to Décor Love, “Natural rugs are woven using a range of fibers extracted from natural products, including cotton, wool, jute, sisal and hemp. Valued for their resistance to heavy wear and are recommended for high traffic areas. As for Synthetic fibers (acrylic, polypropylene, nylon, polyester) have the advantage of being much cheaper that the natural ones, and now offer a wide range of choices, including rugs that bear close resemblance to wool.” Comparison between the two is really different in terms of quality and comfort of use, plus they are not sustainable resources so there might even be a better choice.

 

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There are stores like Target, HomeGoods, Lowe’s, and Home Depot, as well as online stores like Mayfair and Overstock, which are great places to go to for inexpensive rugs that has the latest trends as well as some classic versions. Since an heirloom rug can cost thousands, that doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget.

 

Source: realtytimes.com, apartmenttherapy.com, decorlove.com, housebeautiful.com

 
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