Choosing Area Rug for Your Living Space
Area rugs make wonderful design statements which can completely transform rooms. They are great to change the character of a room, define a space, adding touch of softness and sound absorption, and punch of interest with color or pattern to deliver a finishing touch.
Choosing area rugs can be tricky business: right one can finish space to perfection while the wrong can make a room feel awkward. Since they are expensive, choosing a right area rug is important.
So the question is: how do you decide which one is the right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind:
When it comes to area rugs, size matters. Most common decorating mistake with area rug is getting a rug that is too small. An ill-fitted rug - whether it’s too big or too small - will look “off” no matter how beautiful it is.
Not only your furniture layout but also the room shape needs to be considered when choosing a rug size and orientation so as to make space look larger and connected. Traditional rule is to measure the seating area and select a rug the closest size up. This allows all of the furniture legs to rest on the rug for a unified look.
Rug Color is the starting point whether you are re-doing your room or doing your room from scratch. Think about colors you like to live in day in, day out. Your choice of rug color can be used to set the tone of entire room. With furniture already present, see how different rug colors work with existing items, even ceiling, flooring and walls. Already have lots of color and pattern, consider neutral but still want a colorful rug, opt for color that will connect and pull all the colors together. If you’re afraid to go bold with color, start small.
Before selecting a patterned rug, consider your space and your personal preferences. If you have patterned furniture, best to choose subtly patterned rug or solid rug to have grounding and calming effect. If your space is filled with solid color, a bold or bright pattern can bring your room to life. It's all about balance.
If the rug is one of the first items you're purchasing, think about what pattern is right for you. Do you want something eye-catching or a little more subtle?The effect a pattern has on a room is closely tied to its colors, so consider how the two will work together.
Purpose and rug material
Think about how you want the rug to feel before you make a purchase. Think about why you want to get an area rug for a particular room. Think about what rug material is best for your space. It’s important to consider how a space will be used, what kind of traffic it will receive, and how much coziness you desire. Is it to define a space? Add a pop of color or pattern? Make the floor softer? For example, for bedroom you’re probably looking for something soft and warm beneath your feet so focus on ones that offer cushion and a touch of luxury.
Wool rugs can add warmth and softness while natural materials like sisal and jute are a bit rough. Silk is soft and beautiful but also expensive and tough to clean.More affordable synthetic rugs resist staining and fading better.Take these things into consideration when shopping.
Traffic and lifestyle
Another thing to consider is how durable your rugs need to be. Will it be placed in high traffic area such as hallways and entryways? Or you want a touch of luxury? Do you have pets and young children? Will there be a lot of dirt tracked through it? It’s also important to think about what kind of pile you want - low, medium or high.Low pile works best in high-traffic areas, as they are generally sturdier and are easier to vacuum and keep clean. A white shag carpet, for example, would not be a good choice for a family room where kids and pets will be frequently playing.A detailed pattern is also helpful in high-traffic areas, as it helps hide stains. Rugs with longer pile are softer, more luxurious and very comfortable underfoot, making them great for bedroom and sitting areas.
As a general rule a room that gets a lot of foot traffic will benefit from a low pile rug while a thicker rug will last longer in a room that doesn't get a lot of traffic.
When choosing a rug, be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing to put into maintaining it. For the majority of rugs you'll need to regularly vacuum and rotate it, professionally or thoroughly cleaned once a year to remove dust, allergens and accumulated dirt that aren’t easily removed with a vacuum.
Available in different colors, pattern and style perfect for budget and lifestyle in your preferences, area rugs can installed in any kind of flooring, from hardwood to stone, even wall-to-wall carpet. But they should be easy to care and comfortable underfoot.