Pick The Right Rug To Match Your Décor
Posted on July 12, 2011
Area rugs are extremely versatile; they can be the main attraction in a room, they can create comfortable conversation areas, provide a hint of color or be that one element that ties the room together and makes it complete. They are easily capable of giving your house character.
With thousands of styles and colors available, choosing an area rug that blends in with your decor isn’t hard. However, there are a few pointers to consider before you buy a rug:
- Firstly, decide what is going to be the focal point of the room. If you want the rug to act as the focal point then you should think about choosing one with a central medallion. However, if there is another obvious focal point in the room such as a fireplace, you may want to pick a rug that has a repetitive pattern and no medallion.
- You should keep in mind the patterns on the upholstery and walls in the room so that they don.t clash or compete with the rug. If you have upholstery or wallpaper that is flashy or with an ornate pattern then you should choose a more subtle pattern for the area rug. If the walls and upholstery in the room are fairly subdued then you can opt to try a busier pattern that will add more interest to the room.
- Consider how much traffic the area where you want to place the rug receives. In places with a lot of traffic selecting a rug with a detailed pattern would be more practical. The more patterns and designs, the lower the maintenance.
- Pick a rug with colors that match and coordinate with your decor. While all the colors in the rug don’t necessarily have to match all the colors in the room, one color should ideally coordinate. Tip: Carry swatches of wallpaper, paint or even upholstery fabric with you when you go to shop.
- Always keep in mind that lighter-colored rugs make the room seem more spacious whereas darker colors in the rug give the room a cozy atmosphere.
- Also, keep in mind that texture plays an important part in your decor. Multiple variants of fibers within a rug or carved areas can add more pizzazz to the rugs texture. Rugs made with sisal or jute add interesting texture to smooth hardwood or tiled floors.
- Don’t feel the need to limit yourself to rectangular carpets which are also the most common. Octagonal or circular shaped rugs add uniqueness and style to the room.