Area rugs are a great way to brighten up every room. What’s even better is that you don’t need to go through any sort of lengthy installation procedures in order to spruce up your home. You just find the one you like and lay it down.
Okay, maybe it’s not THAT easy. There are a number of factors you need to consider for choosing the best area rug for a particular room. That’s because any room in the house can be transformed almost instantly by swapping one rug for another. These rugs may be small, but they can have a huge impact on the aesthetic design.
Selecting the correct size run is absolutely imperative. If it’s too small, the rug is going to be overwhelmed by the rest of the room. Too large and it will be the one doing the overwhelming. That’s why you’re going to want to measure the room in which you’re thinking about placing your area rug.
Most design experts will tell you to get an area rug that can be placed in the direct center of the room with the same amount of space between the rug and the walls at all sides. But you only need to center the rug if that’s the look you prefer. There are plenty of homeowners who use them to define a particular space or enhance certain furnishings inside the room.
But you will want to measure the room and the area of the floor where you wish to place the rug. Remember, you don’t want it to be too small or too big, though the latter is preferable than the former.
2. Foot Traffic
Think about the extent of wear and tear your area rug might be dealing with once you place it in the room. If you have kids or pets, then maybe lighter colors with thicker plush fibers may not be the right one for your home. Will this rug be placed inside of a room with a lot of foot traffic or will it be a decorative enhancement in an area that doesn’t get much use?
Once you know where your area rug will be living, then you can decide if you want something with a flat weave, deep pile, or something else that won’t get damaged and is easy to maintain.
Speaking of maintenance, some area rugs are going to require more time and effort to keep looking their very best. Do you have the ability to put in the work for maintaining the rug in the manner necessary? Answering that question is going to be a factor in the kind of area rug you select for your home.
Most rugs are going to need to be vacuumed on a regular basis, but based on the type of rug you choose it may require more than just that. You might need to pick it up and bring it outside so you can properly beat all of the dust and dirt free from the weave.
Area rugs will also need you to rotate them every so often. You’ll want to place a rug pad underneath and avoid extensive sunlight to prevent it from fading and losing its color and brilliance. Of course, always clean up stains as quickly as possible. Area rugs are just like carpet in that you can’t allow stains to set in or else they may never come out.
4. Rug Color
This one is quite self-explanatory really. You want an area rug in a color that you prefer and, more importantly, one that will match or complement the room in which you’re placing it. Though the rug is but one component of the aesthetic, it will become the centerpiece in terms of establishing the tone of the room’s overall design.
The number of items in the room will also play a role in the color you ultimately choose. If the room is busy with a lot of items and furnishings, then you may want to go with something more neutral. If it’s a relatively empty or sparse decorative design, you might try some bolder colors and shades for your rug. Do you want the rug to stand out or fit in with the rest of the decor?
These are important aspects to remember when you’re choosing the best color.
This is a matter of personal preference. If you like patterns, then be sure you’re selecting one that doesn’t clash with other patterns in the room. Too many patterns up against one another will be far too busy and jarring visually.
You do need to be careful introducing patterns into a furnished room. If you’re furnishing the room around the area rug, then you have more options as a starting point.