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How to Choose an Area Rug
June 1, 2016 | By Kareen Liez Datoy

When it comes to home decorating, there are many items that you can add to your home from furniture to accessories. After you get your furniture, what you will think of next is the area rug that you will use under it to define the space. Although not all homes use an area rug, you can observe that adding one can elevate the appeal of the space aside from defining the area.


But of course, you don't just buy an area rug at once. There are still a lot of things that you need to consider in choosing. You also need to know how to properly position your furniture on top of the area rug. So, if you are planning to buy an area rug, here are some things that you need to consider in choosing or buying one:




  1. Lifestyle. There is a right style for your lifestyle. If you are the type who have many guests from time to time, then you should use a flat-weave or extremely low-pile rug that reduces the look of wear. It is also more practical since it is easier to vacuum and spot clean. Avoid using shaggy rugs on areas that are frequently used because the last thing you want is a muddy carpet. You could use polyester, cotton, sea grass, sisal, nylon and wool for high traffic areas. Meanwhile, use area rugs that are made from jute, polypropylene and silk for low traffic areas.

  2. Quality. As always, the quality has to come first. Make sure that they are done well. Hand-knotted rugs are more durable and may last longer. You can also check the tags of the rugs to check if these are hand-tufted or machine-made. These also come in different brands. You can pick one with a brand that you can trust.

  3. Colors. For sure, you want to achieve a certain look. You can do that by choosing a color for the area rug that will coordinate with your home's decor. You can let it match with your existing wallpaper and furniture. Or you can totally choose a color that will stand out. But when you choose colors, you have to take note that lighter ones will make the area appear more spacious while darker ones will create a more intimate and cozy ambiance.

  4. Prints. Printed area rugs are lovely! Of course, we are not saying that plain colored ones are boring because they are stunning too. But you have to make sure that your room doesn't look too busy once you decide to use a printed or patterned rug. The space shouldn't be disturbing because if that happens, your goal in creating a cozy space will not be achieved.

  5. Fibers. Area rugs are made from various fibers. It could be synthetic or natural. Natural fibers may include those that are made from sea grass, cotton, silk, sisal, jute, and wool for natural fibers. Meanwhile, synthetic ones could be made from nylon, polyester and polypropylene. Of course, synthetic ones are cheaper and easier to maintain than the ones made from natural fibers.

  6. Shapes. Aside from the usual rectangular ones, there are also area rugs that are circular, square, oblong, runners and even animal-skin shaped rugs. Round rugs are best for passageways, foyers, and seating vignettes. Some even come in free form or in shapes like heart, and others. You will see lovely shapes of area rugs for the kid's bedroom.

  7. Sizes. When deciding on the size of your area rug, you have to look at your space. A rug that is too small may look like a misplaced item on your floor and it will not become a focal point of the area. An area rug that is too large may make the space crowded and less inviting. In the living area, you have to see to it that the front legs of the furniture are on the area rug. In the bedroom, extend at least 2 feet from the bed so that you can feel the rug under your feet when you wake up. What if you bought area rugs that are too small but you like them? Try layering. It works well too.

  8. Price. Of course, you would consider the price. If you think the price is right, why not get it? Make sure that if you buy an expensive area rug, it has a great quality. But if you are the type who loves to change the look of the space from time to time, then it would be better to buy a cheaper one so that you can still purchase other area rugs that you can use once you decide to change your existing rug.


And when you finally decided to choose an area rug, do not forget the rug pad since it will not just position your rug properly and avoid slipping but it can also reduce the wear and tear of the rug. A thin polyester fabric coated with adhesive rug pad is a good choice. So, we hope that you find this tips helpful as you choose the right area rug for your home.


 


Kareen Liez Datoy is a blogger at Pink Heart String and a freelance writer. She is a civil engineer by profession but prefers to focus on her duties as a mother and works at home. She shares her DIY tips, home design ideas, parenting tips, reviews and others on her blog while working on her other writing jobs.

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