Why Area Rugs?
What happens when you’ve fallen in love with your gorgeous, polished hardwood floors but you’d like a little extra softness, and something to remove the echo from your room? Or when you look around and there’s something missing from your otherwise ideal décor arrangement? An area rug is the answer.
The perfect rug pulls a room together. An area rug is a miniature magic carpet that transforms a room, giving it style and substance. Whether you’re designing a fresh, breezy coastal-look living room and need a perky, striped rug, or putting together a stately master bedroom that cries out for the status of a delicately-patterned carpet, the rug is the ideal finishing touch.
Sink your toes into a thick-pile area rug in the living room, which creates design impact as well as adding relaxing cushioning underfoot. Area rugs are also ideal for a touch of sound-muffling luxury in the bedroom, and the right rug creates a dramatic effect in a dining room – formal or otherwise. Area rugs make your room stand out and are found in a wide variety of shapes, colors, materials, and sizes. Pick your perfect rug, put your feet up and relax – your room is now complete.
Choose the Best Size for Your Area Rug
When you’re choosing a rug for the whole living room, pick a rug that is around two feet shorter than the smallest wall and try to leave an equal amount of space showing on each side. Or, if you have a large room, choose a rug that matches the size of each “conversation area” in the room – big enough to cover the floor between sofa and chairs, for example. All the furniture legs in this area should rest on the rug.
A hall rug should display at least six inches of floorboards on every side in order to enhance the feeling of space – don’t forget to keep the door area clear.
For the dining room, measure the dining table and get a rug at least 18 inches wider and longer so you have room for the dining chairs on each side.
In the bedroom, area rugs can be placed at the end of the bed or at the sides, or extending under the bed so your feet have something cozy to meet on cold mornings.
Pick Your Rug Shape and Material
Smaller rugs are perfect for experimentation with shape. No need to stick with the regular rectangle. Go for a bold square. Or choose a round rug for the living room that invites conversation from the comfy chairs. Runners are chic in stylish bedrooms and if you’re walking on the wild side, an animal-print rug can be any shape you want it to be.
When it comes to material, wool is a traditional choice that is hard-wearing and soft underfoot but it needs to be professionally cleaned. Cotton is light, bright and casual – cotton rugs are available in a vibrant range of colors. Sisal, jute and seagrass are tough and durable with a distinct, beachy texture. Silk is a high-class option while manmade fibers are stain-repellent and super-easy to care for.
Perfect Colors and Patterns for Rugs
Anything goes when it comes to color. But if you want to coordinate an area rug effectively with the rest of your décor, follow the 60-30-10 rule. The dominant color of the room is the 60 percent – the color of the walls or the most important furniture group. The rug color should come in the 30 percent – the secondary color that contrasts or blends with the primary color. The other 10 percent is an accent color that picks a color from the rug and reflects it in other accessories like lamps or photo frames.
Think about pattern – if you have patterned wallpaper or furniture you may want a plainer rug. If your room is largely filled with solid shades, the pop of colors on a patterned rug will make a fresh impact.
Whichever rug you choose, make it a bright and powerful addition to your room, and something you love to step on every day.