Area rugs - the choice is wide and yours

Posted by Mords1944 on December 18th, 2020

If you are lucky enough to be able to start with a blank palette, you can choose a rug that you like and build the room around its colors and patterns. But if you already have furniture that you want to complement, choosing the right rug is an important addition to grab your attention while also making a subtle statement when bringing together the elements of a room. Consider your style and the types of rugs you admire in other people's homes and in stores that sell rugs. The color, style and texture of your rugs will show your guests what you want to convey. Lighter rugs make the room appear cooler and larger, while darker shades warm the room and form a more intimate cozy space.

Now that you have decided what look you want, you must decide the fabric that suits the use of the room. Wool rugs are very attractive, but they can be difficult to clean if used in high traffic areas. They are long-lasting, lush, and elicit respect and admiration, so they should be chosen for those areas where people sit and relax and in dining areas that are more formal in nature. Spills on wool rugs are not a problem if they dry quickly; Wool rugs repel dirt and liquids and do not allow them to quickly absorb into the fibers. The scales of the fibers make the wool fibers strong, soft to the touch and resistant. Wool rugs also dye more easily and richly, making them an eye-catching focal point. Another natural fiber is cotton that makes a long-lasting rug look like wool but lighter in weight.

Synthetic fiber rugs are good choices for bright colors and excellent service in high traffic areas, sun exposure areas and heavy use areas. They are strong, durable and easy to clean. The look of synthetic rugs is not as rich as that of wool rugs, but it is much more attractive today than in the past. There are many ways synthetic rugs are laid and woven, and many mimic the overall look and feel of wool. Many rugs combine synthetic fibers with natural fibers, so read the descriptions carefully.

Much of the look and feel is based on the construction of the rug. Some of the construction modes include hand knotted, hand hooked, hand tufted, machine made, and flat knit. There are others so you can see that this is not an easy choice. Any carpet that has "hand" in its prefix will be high quality and a bit more expensive in most cases. But you get what you pay for, as you know.

About the size, a great way to determine which carpet size is best for your room, spread a sheet or brown paper in the area and try different sizes. In dining areas, you'll want a rug that is at least 4 feet longer and wider than your table, which would allow diners to move their chairs away from the table without slipping off the rug. In areas where rugs will serve as a place for feet to rest while sitting in conversation areas, choose rugs that are at least as large as the open area in front of sofas and chairs. You can leave up to one foot directly in front of the furniture because most people do not place their feet against the front of the sofa or chair. You can let the size of the rug determine the size and intimacy of that area or you can arrange your conversation areas however you like and then order a rug to suit that space. A large room can have a cozy feel by visually dividing it into sections of your choice with a rug or two. Avoid spreading these mats into high traffic areas to avoid tripping.

Of course, many area rugs will be chosen to prevent dirt from entering the main parts of the house. The lobby, back door, garage entrance, and side porch doors are some examples of these entry points. The rugs for these areas should be fairly flat, absorbent, and easy to clean. Carpet pads that are non-slip type are a must for these areas for obvious reasons.

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