Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rug shopping guide

Rugs offer visual appeal as well as tactile interest in rooms. Shopping for a rug may be daunting especially with the numerous options to choose from.

Round dining tables are best paired with round rugs, while a rectangular shaped living room or other area will work well with a rectangular rug.

It is best to choose a rug that goes with your home design style. Consider these rug design elements in your decision:

Shape and size

Rugs come in different shapes and sizes. Take a measurement of the room or area where you intend to use the rug. This will give you an idea of which rug sizes may fit with your furniture setup.

Traditional decorating wisdom says that furniture legs should either be all on or off the rug. However, for more informal design styles, having just the two front legs of your furniture on the rug can work just as well.

Regular rectangular sizes typically come in 6 x 9 feet, 8 x 10 feet or 9 x 12 feet. Avoid choosing a rug that will only allow less than four inches of floor space from the rug to the wall, as this may look awkwardly like a carpet.

The orientation of your furniture will more or less dictate the shape of a rug. Round dining tables are best paired with round rugs, while a rectangular shaped living room or other area will work well with a rectangular rug. You may also choose an irregular shape to contrast with your rigid furniture setup.

Color and pattern

A rug can be a brilliant way to add color and pattern to any space. Pick up an accent color in the room to distribute it on the floor. On the other hand, having a room full of solid colors can be the perfect base for a bold patterned rug.

Shopping for a rug may be daunting especially with the numerous options to choose from.

On the functional side, a patterned rug can also hide stains better. Don’t feel like you have to be limited to one rug either. Try layering two rugs to create interesting contrast. Put a smaller rug over a larger one, perhaps in a sisal or sea grass texture.

Style and material

Style and material go hand in hand where rugs are concerned.

Every texture has its own personality. Woven materials lend a cottage feel reminiscent of the laid-back atmospheres in beach resorts and breezy haciendas.

Plush textures with high piles look and feel luxurious. These can be a perfect counterpoint to the clean lines of modern furniture. You may also go the more intricate and ornate route with oriental and antique rugs.


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