I recently purchased a home that is, what I call, an aesthetic fixer upper. I say aesthetic because the bones and layout of the house are great; the inside needed some love! I have been working through elements and rooms of the house.
We installed all new flooring (post coming soon about that) and now we are in need of some area rugs. There are so many choices out there for area rugs! It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I learned a few things along the way and wanted to share my tips on how to select the best area rug for your room.
Choosing an area rug is more than just picking out the color or pattern; an area rug is a great way to enhance the beauty and warmth of a room. It can add texture, color, and style to any space.
Determine the purpose of the rug.
Before you start shopping for an area rug, you need to determine its purpose. Will it be used to define a seating area or to add color and texture to a room? Will it be used to protect a high-traffic area or to add warmth and comfort to a cold, hard floor? Once you know the purpose of the rug, it will be easier to narrow down and select the right size, material, and design.
Choose the right size.
Consider the shape.
Choose the right material.
Area rugs come in a variety of materials, each with its own unique texture, durability, and maintenance requirements. Some popular materials include wool, cotton, silk, jute, sisal, and synthetic fibers. Wool is a popular choice for its durability, natural stain resistance, and soft texture. Cotton rugs are easy to clean and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Jute and sisal rugs are durable and have a natural, earthy texture, but they can be difficult to clean. Silk rugs are luxurious and have a soft, silky texture, but they are expensive and require special care. I personally went with a wool / jute blend for my area rugs. They have some softness because of the wool, but living on the coast, still provides that coastal vibe I was looking for.
Consider the color and pattern.The color and pattern of the rug can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the room. If you have a neutral color scheme, a bold, colorful rug can add a pop of color and interest to the space. If you have a colorful room, a neutral rug can provide a calming balance. When selecting a patterned rug, it's important to consider the scale of the pattern. A large, bold pattern can overwhelm a small room, while a small, intricate pattern can get lost in a large room.
Think about the texture.
Set a budget.
Don't forget about the rug pad!
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