Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Your Home

Bringing in a rug can completely change a room.  Rugs can be used to ground a space, to add color and pattern, to define a room in an open plan, to reduce noise, amongst other things.  Choosing the right area rug can be overwhelming, as there are so many options to take into consideration, such as: What size rug is best for the space?  What material should it be made of?  What style best fits the room?  Etc.

Size Matters. Choose carefully when it comes to the size of your rug.  First things first, a rug is meant to accent a space, not cover it... so make sure not to buy a rug that will go wall to wall in a room.  Generally speaking, there should be about 18" of space from the rug edge to any wall.  This is a great guideline when you're considering rugs for main areas such as living and dining rooms.  Keep in mind that there are always situations where this guideline doesn't quite fit, such as in an entryway or small mudroom.  I would have no problem bringing a rug closer to the walls in either of these circumstances, but always remember to keep some kind of visual space between the rug edge and the wall to keep a sense of visual space and flow in the room.

Massucco Warner Miller

Material Wise. Choosing the right material is key if you want your rug to stand the test of time.  When it comes to rug materials, there are many to choose from.  Some of the most common are: wool, cotton, sisal, seagrass, and jute.

Wool.  Wool rugs are known for their durability.  They are resistant to staining, naturally color retaining, and for those of you with allergies, resistant to dust mites!  Wool area rugs are best used in high traffic areas.

Cotton. Cotton area rugs are soft and comfortable.  Cotton and wool are often used together to create a rug.  A cotton, or cotton wool blend, rug is a great option if price is an issue.  Using cotton will bring down the cost of a rug significantly.  Although cotton is a great rug material, it does ware down over time more-so than wool.  With that said, it is a very good candidate for someone who is looking for a less expensive, still high quality rug.

Sisal and Seagrass. Sisal and seagrass are both great products!  Sisal rugs are very durable, flame resistant, and great for sound absorption.  Sisal is also a completely sustainable material.  Both sisal and seagrass rugs are great for high traffic areas and are a beautiful addition to any room that's in need of a touch of nature.

Jute.  Jute is a bit more coarse than sisal and is a bit more prone to staining.  Often, jute it combined with a synthetic material to make it more durable for daily use.  Jute rugs also add a beautiful natural element to a room.

Style. Consider the color scheme of your room and compliment those colors with the area rug you choose.  If you're not one to be tied into one color scheme, go for a neutral colored rug that will be able to support your design changes.

Coco Kelley

If you are one for contrast, go for a rug with a beautiful geometric print in a bold color.

Jan Showers

Optical Illusions. Have a room that's long and narrow?  Use a nice stripe or chevron pattern (stripes going horizontally along the shortest wall) to visually widen the room.

Don't be afraid to double up.  I know that throwing one rug on top of another is taboo, but if it works in your room, go for it!  Doubling up on rugs can add warmth and texture to a room that's lacking.

David Bromstad HGTV


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