for Your Home
When decorating your home, think
of your floors as the foundation for your design scheme. An area rug can
visually integrate or harmonize eclectic elements in any decor or can revitalize
There's an endless array of rug
designs to choose from. Oriental, Persian, contemporary and Native American
designs are just a few that can be found in nearly any price range.
Tips for selecting a rug for your
- Visualize the desired total look
of the room. Do you want a room that's uncluttered and monotone or a room rich
with colors or textures? If you start with a totally empty room, choose a rug,
then paint or paper the walls in colors found in the rug.
- Remember, the rug has to fit the
room â in more ways than one. Consider how the room is used, how much
traffic the area gets and who will view it under what light. For high-traffic
areas such as hallways and foyers, you may want a durable, patterned rug.
- Choose furniture that enhances
the rug design or colors found in the rug.
- If you start with furniture,
choose a rug to pick up the colors used in your furnishing patterns. Patterns
can be mixed if they are coordinated by color. Elements of a rug design can be
further incorporated into the overall design scheme. For example, if the rug
is floral, add framed prints or flowers in similar colors.
- Size up the size of the room and
the area you want to cover. The most common area rug sizes are 4-by-6 and
6-by-9 feet. They work well under a coffee table. An 8-by-11-foot rug or
larger can cover an entire room. Smaller area and scatter rugs can be ideal
for adorning smaller spacesâa hearth, a bedside, the area in front of a
kitchen sinkâwith a splash of color and warmth.
- A rug with a bold, overall design
can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued
- Light colored rugs make a room
look more spacious, and deeper colors lend coziness to a room.
- Choose a rug that will perform
well, with the right combination of density and fiber. The denser the pile,
(with closer tufts or stitches), the better your rug will wear.
- Synthetic yarns - nylon,
polyester, acrylic, and polypropylene - and the naturals - wool and cotton -
are durable, soft, and easy to clean.
- Youâve got to hand it to
machine-made rugs: they may look strikingly similar to the handmade kind, but
theyâre usually much less expensive.
- Watch out for fringe elements. If
the rug you like has fringe, make sure itâs sewn on well, and very carefully
use the vacuum cleaner.
- Donât underestimate the value
of an underlay. Not only will it absorb the impact of feet and noise, it will
reduce wear and tear on the rug and make vacuuming easier.