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Decorating with Area Rugs
Consider using an area rug if you're looking to
change a room in your home quickly, easily and inexpensively. It's also a quick fix if you have
problems with your existing carpeting. With more and more homes using wood or tile flooring, area
rugs have seen an increase in popularity.
An area rug is an excellent way to instantly
warm the room up too. They can be the focal point of the room. They can add a great splash of color.
They define a seating arrangement beautifully, in a sense creating an island in the room to make
it more intimate and inviting. They are also easy to change out according to the seasons of the year.
Before you consider buying one, however, consider
some of these tips:
Specific Types of Area Rugs
- Decide what you will use the rug for. Do you want
it to protect a hardwood floor? Is it to define a space within a room? Is it to soften and warm up
an area of a room?
- How will you integrate the area rug within the
existing decor of the room? You don't want to put a "busy" patterned rug in a room that already has a lot
of pattern, such as a patterned wallpaper or sofa fabric. Look for colors in the rug that blend with the other
colors in the room. Don't think "match" - think "blend".
- It's ok to use more than one rug in the same area,
so long as the colors coordinate. Vary the size to keep it from looking too expected. You want to keep
the space interesting.
- One of the problems area rugs create is that they
tend to "creep" or slide on the floor. You can offset this by placing a rug pad under it. The pad has other
benefits: it will protect the rug (and carpeting, if any), it will absorb noise, it will prevent the
back of the area rug from scratching a hardwood floor, and it makes vacuuming easier too.
- Here are some tips on selecting a fiber. To resist
sunlight, stains and mildew, choose acrylic. Olefin or polypropylene are considered to be the most
stain-resistant, and they tend to be a little less expensive than other fibers too.
- For versatility, durability and ease of maintenance,
consider a nylon fabric; and for softness and durability take a look at wool, but not if you have allergies.
While cotton is softer than wool, it is less durable. Jute beats them all for softness, but it fades
easily in direct sunlight. Sisal is durable, colorfast and strong. However, you cannot sponge any of these
if you get a small stain, so I prefer other types of fabrics myself.
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