Decorate with Area Rugs
by: Olivia Filipetto
If you're looking to update and revitalize a
room in your home quickly, easily and inexpensively, consider
using an area rug. A decorator rug is a furnishing and
home-decorating product. While rugs serve a practical function
as a floorcovering, they have the ability to transform the look
and feel of every room and are great for a quick solution to
problems with your existing carpeting.
With more and more homes using wood or tile
flooring, area rugs have seen an increase in popularity, as
they can protect hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpeting.
Rugs also have the ability to tie elements of a room
An area rug is an excellent way to instantly
warm the room up too. They can add a great dramatic color and
design to every room. They define a seating arrangement
beautifully, in a sense creating an island in the room to make
it more intimate and inviting. You can change rugs when the
seasons change and take them with you if you
Decorator rugs are popular with all home
Rug Colors and Patterns
Color is always the most important facator
when decorating. Your chosen color or pattern of rug should act
as a contrast to the already existing theme and elements within
that room or area. If your room has a great deal of bright and
bold colors, choose a neutral color and a subtle design for the
rug. If the colors of the room are soft and neutral, you can
add interest with a bright rug and a dramatic
When choosing the pattern on the rug,
remember it must not clash with patterns on the wallpaper,
window coverings, cushions, and any other fabrics in the room.
Dark colors add warmth, and light colors will make the room
appear more spacious. Also consider the amount of traffic
through the room or area. If there are children or pets, or the
rug will get steady use, dark colors and intricate patterns
will not show dirt as much or as quickly as light
Rug Sizes and Shapes
great tip when deciding on rug shape and size is to use masking
tape to define the space, to help you vizualize the rug in the
room. You could also lay sheets.
When an area rug is to be used to cover most
of the floor, the same amount of bard floor space should be
exposed on all sides of the rug. If your room is irregular in
shape, try to arrange furniture to extend to the rug sides. And
if this is not possible, ensure at least two parallel side are
exposing the same of amount of floor space.
For a rug that is defining an area, there
should be no more than than two feet of empty rug extending out
from behind the furniture. A rug used for defining is unifying
the items placed around it if the rug is large enough to
accommodate at least the front legs of each piece of
rug for a dining room, should extend eighteen inches to
twenty-four inches beyond the table, with generally an eight-
by ten-foot rug working in most living rooms and dining rooms.
For small areas, such as coffee tables a six- by four-foot or a
six- by nine-foot rug is sufficient.
Rug Theme and
Contemporary rugs come in every variety of
color, design, texture, size, and price.
Consider a rug with a central medallion, if
the rug is to be the focal point of a room. If the medallion
will be hidden for the most part by a piece of furniture,
select a rug that has an allover design, or one with detail on
Oriental rugs are a term which refers to rugs
from any Asian country that are popular in modern as well as
round braided rug, would suit a North American theme. Using a
Navajo rug, with its geometric designs and flat weave, can
reinforce a southern or desert theme.
Other Rug TipsMaintenance is an important
consideration when choosing rugs not only for the bathroom, but
also the kitchen, the hall, or the room of a child. Select
designs and colors that donít show the dirt, and are stain
resistant and easy to clean.
It is a good idea to add padding under a rug
because it will not only keep the rug from moving, it will also
extend its life, absorb sound, and make vacuuming easier. If
you are placing a rug over wall-to-wall carpeting, choose a
thin under-pad coated with an adhesive.