IF YOUR FLOORS COULD TALK: Choosing an Area Rug
It’s usually the accessory that most homeowners decide on last, to get or not to get an area rug. If the answer is to get one then one has to decide about colors and design among other things. If you adorn your walls with decor, frames and collages…your floors are screaming & waiting for you to infuse your personality in them. Here are a few things to know when choosing an area rug:
1. Have a plan before shopping.
Maybe take pictures of your space or bring swatches of the fabric used in your sofa or throw pillows. Of course…Measure!Measure! Measure!
2. Picking a color.
You have to have some color coordination between the rug and the walls, furniture and accents in your space. Get color swatches & bring all of the colors of your room in a collage. Which color seems to match or work well with any of them? Is there a color that stands out in your collage? Maybe a color that you would like to have more of in your space? Most designers will tell you to choose rugs that picks up the colors in your space.
This area rug picks is wonderful for a bright, cheery space with pink, blue and green hues.
Just like furniture or accessories, area rugs can be traditional or modern. A modern space begs for a pattern with contemporary lines, abstract illustrations or geometric lines. A bright & cheery space needs a rug that pops. A cabin or lodge may have a Navajo or Southwestern pattern while a breezy, seaside home will need to have a rug with natural fibers such as jute.
This pattern will be amazing for an urban loft.
Flowers galore in this rug will be wonderful for a charming cottage.
4. Texture & Materials
The most common material used for an area rug is wool, it can also be a wool/cotton blend. Natural fibers such as jute has of course been so popular in the past few years. Plush spaces calls for flokati,sheepskin & sometimes even cowhide. To choose, think about the wear & tear the rug has to endure. Wool will probably work with most spaces except in coastal homes where jute rugs is probably better to use. Kids? Always look for the most durable rug.
5. Size & Placement
This can be very tricky. A rug that’s too small for a space will just look awful! If you are placing the area rug in the living room, the furniture should be 8 inches away from it with the floor exposed. It can also be under the furniture or encompass the whole area with 8 to 10 inches extra. In the dining room, the rug should be big enough & have an extra 2 feet from the legs of the table.
An area rug can anchor your space remarkably & pull everything together. It adds to a rich, layered & textured look and of course, it’s another piece where you can show your personality. Check out our wide array of area rugs here.
As always, happy decorating!
Be Creatively Chic,
Hmmm… where do I start? I seriously long to be an interior designer and entertain my creative side. My dream job is to travel the world a la Samantha Brown & check out the world of design & decor all over (yup, why not? How come Andrew Z can sample all the different kinds of food all over?). I love both the charm of a french cottage & the fresh feel of an urban loft. I currently run an online decor shop, The Inglenook Decor. I have an amazing daughter & engaged to my bestfriend, they are my inspiration & my bliss!
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