For those into home decorating, they know that carpets and rugs are essential add-ons to the interior design of a home. Rugs and carpets create cozy and warm flooring effects for one’s feet against the cold and hard marble floor. Rugs turn ordinary and simple homes with excellent and interesting interior design. There are various types of rugs that can transform rooms and areas in the house into beautiful artworks.
The most used type of rug is the area rug. An area rug is a small piece of rug or carpet used to cover portions of a hard surface floor. However, area rugs serve not just this purpose but they also offer style and comfort and give the room a unique character as they enhance the room’s plain or simple appearance. Several area rugs are made from different materials ranging from natural materials to synthetic and man-made materials. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose from the wide selection of area rugs available in the market today.
Shopping for Area Rugs
There are few pointers you need to consider when you are in the process of choosing the area rugs for the rooms and areas in your home. While other home owners prefer to leave the selection process to interior decorators, some opt to do on their own as a cost cutting measure as the professional fees of interior designers are on the high side. Some of the helpful shopping tips include:
Select the Price Range
Cost is always an important consideration when buying or shopping for area rugs for the home especially if the areas to be decorated are spacious and big. It would equate into a sizeable investment if all the areas of the house will be decorated with area rugs and other types of rugs or carpets and the homeowner will not find ways on how to find rugs that are reasonably priced and affordable. For a start, you should make a decision on the decorating budget for the entire home improvement project. Having set the budget for the area rugs, you can start looking for online or offline stores that offer rugs at discounted prices.
Identify Rug Type per Room or Area
You should identify which rooms need to have the rugs and the type of rugs you want to decorate the room with. The amount of foot traffic in each room has to be taken into consideration so that the appropriate rug type will be assigned to such rooms. It is also important to identify the user of the room (which areas children stay often) as some rugs are child-friendly while others are not.
Assign the Rug Color per Room
Depending on the purpose and function of the rooms or areas in the house, rug colors contribute to enhancing such purpose or functions. For example, a small room will benefit from a light-colored area rug. Plain and dull rooms can be transformed into cozy rooms using dark deep colored-rugs. Some stores offer sale rugs with bold and vibrant colors which could be perfect for your teenage daughter or son’s bedroom. Colors can either enhance the room’s elegance or make the room look dull and boring.
Don’t Forget the Right Padding
It is important to include the cost of padding in the budget because padding enables easy vacuuming and reduces wear and tear of the area rugs. The life cycle of area rugs is extended if they have the right padding.
Choose Rugs that Complement Your Home Decor
Another important consideration is choosing rugs that enhances and complements the home décor and style of the specific rooms to be decorated. It should blend and merge harmoniously with the other design components of a room in order to create unique and distinct effects and character or personality to the room or area in the house.
Choose the Right Rug Size
Room or area measurements should be made before buying an area rug for a room. It will look awkward for a big room to have a small-sized area rug. In the same manner, a small room should not have a disproportionately big or large rug. For big areas, you can put 2 to 3 small or custom sized rugs to create a layered and wide effect to the room.
Choose the Type of Fabric
There are various types of fabrics used for different types of rugs. You should choose an area rug made of natural fibers as much as possible because these fabrics do not pose any harm not just to the environment but more importantly to the room occupants. Wool and silk rugs, for instance, are commonly chosen for use in the bedrooms because of its durability and natural property that gives the cozy effect in the room. Additionally, natural fiber rugs are eco-friendly rugs because their sources are highly sustainable and renewable, protecting and keeping the balance of the eco-system. Synthetic fibers while they are more durable than natural fibers, they are not eco-friendly.
Easy Cleaning and Maintenance
Most homeowners give importance to the amount of cleaning and maintenance the area rugs require. Having the right design and color or style of the area rug installed in a room does not complete the task. Keeping the rugs in their original or natural color or condition can be done with proper maintenance procedures. You wouldn’t want to have area rugs that require weekly cleaning as this could be costly and time-consuming.
Shopping and choosing the right rugs for your home can be a challenge but at the same time when you have successfully identified and purchased the appropriate types of rugs without hurting your budget unnecessarily, the task can be an interestingly rewarding experience.