Area rugs can add a touch of class and atmosphere to a home. Area rugs, at the same time, serve a utilitarian purpose. Rugs protect the floors from scuffs, scratches, and general wear and tear. Area rugs come in all types of sizes, shapes, textures, colors, and patterns. Finding the right area rug takes a little time and effort, but the right choice makes it time well spent. Here are a few things to consider that will help you make an informed decision.
One of the most important things in choosing an area rug is finding the proper balance between your family’s lifestyle and your sense of taste. On the one hand, an area rug creates a mood and expresses your sense of style. On the other hand, it has to be in harmony with the lifestyle of the people in the room. The rug has to be able to handle the lifestyle of the room. High foot traffic, family pets, and a busy room, all require a strong, durable rug that is easy to clean.
Considering the practical demands of the rug does not mean that you have to throw your sense of style out of the window. We all have our own sense of style and personal taste. The important thing is to choose a color, pattern, and texture that you find interesting and appealing. Try not to be whimsical in making your choice. You will have to live with the choice you make. To be honest, some of us have a better sense of style than others. Take a family member or friend with you when you go rug shopping. It always helps to have an extra set of eyes to bounce ideas off of.
Think about the color scheme in the room. The color of the rug should complement and not clash with the color of the furniture, curtains, and other items in the room. If the sofa is a solid color, a rug that has a simple pattern is a nice addition. The colors of the pattern should accent the other colors in the room. An area rug, almost more than anything else, establishes the mood of a room. As a general rule of thumb, a more intimate space is created by dark, rich colors. Lighter colors, on the other hand, produce a more open sense of space.
Rugs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. You need to do a little homework in order to make an informed decision when selecting a rug. Measure the dimensions of your room before heading out to rug store. Determine how much of the room you want covered by the rug. A 5’x 8’ or a 6’x 9’ rug is a nice size for an intimate living room. Different rooms have different needs and requirements. If you have a nice wood floor, the rug should complement but not completely cover the floor. Leave a one to two foot perimeter around