Area Rugs: The Dos And Don’ts

As you know, rugs provide more than just protection for your floor. It also gives your home comfort and it helps minimize sound. They also make your home artsy with different texture, patterns, and design. It also adds a sense of mystery with the different story it tells. Because of its popularity, you can almost see rug shops everywhere. However, paying for one is not as cheap as your regular household fixture. Even the cheapest available rug is still more expensive comparing to buying a couch for your house. Thus, it is for this reason that you pay attention to details when buying rugs to make sure that you are paying your money’s worth. This is to help maximize what your money can buy. To do this, here are the dos and don’ts that you need to remember when shopping for a rug.

Rug Size Dos and Don’ts

Don’ts:

  • Do not buy a rug that is too small for the space that you will place it on. It would look funny to have a rug that looks like a dwarf in comparison to the room.
  • Do not just place your rug in the middle of the room like it serves little to no purpose at all.
  • Do not forget rugs with irregular edges like cowhide rugs, round rugs, and runners as they are also an artistic addition to your room.

Dos:

  • Do not forget to place the rug five to 18 inches from the wall. You should not buy a rug to cover the entire floor of your house or room because it would look like a wall-to-wall carpeting. It should remain in harmony and cohesion to the entire room.
  • Do use smaller rugs to define smaller areas in your room. You can use a smaller rug to emphasize your seating area in a bigger room that serves a different function. Or use a smaller rug under your grand piano or workstation.
  • Do think about how the entire room is shaped before buying a rug. If you want harmony in the room, a round rug may look more cohesive than a rectangular rug in an oval room.

Rug Style Dos and Don’ts

Don’ts:

  • Do not limit yourself to only one rug in the room. You can always mix and match different rugs. For example, you can use a neutral rug color as a base for a more intricate and colorful rug. You can put the colorful rug on top of the neutral colored rug to make it pop. You can also do it in reverse.
  • Do not pick a rug that looks boring. There are many rug styles and designs that you can choose from. It is fatal that you choose one that does not have any appeal.

Dos:

  • Always pick a rug that balances the color in your room. This will create harmony and every piece of furniture in your room will not fight against your rug. If you have neutral fixtures in your room, you can choose bold colored rugs to make it the centerpiece. If you want to calm the colors of your room, you can always choose a rug with neutral colors to achieve this purpose.
  • Do choose rugs with different textures. You have a huge variety of rug choices, so don’t just stick to one design and texture. You can have a shag, jute, sisal, braided, or flokati rug for your home.
  • Make sure that the style of your rug is in harmony with the style of your room. For your entry-way, do not choose a rug that is light colored. Choose something that pops up. For high foot traffic areas, you may want to opt for an indoor/outdoor rug as they are more durable than others. If you have a nursery, you can choose to have a shag rug. This will help muffle down noises.

Rug Maintenance Dos And Don’ts

Don’ts:

  • Do not forget to give your rug a regular vacuuming. If you let dust and dirt to just sit on it, the quality of your rug will degrade over time. Its color would also fade.
  • Do not use untested products to treat spills on your rug. You have to remember that some store-bought products are made with strong chemicals that are not compatible with rug fibers. It will just ruin and discolor and damage your rug in the process.

Dos:

  • Whenever possible, it is a must that you remove your shoes before stepping inside the house. To help minimize the dirt that comes with you in the house, you can use a doormat to clean off your shoes.
  • Always read the rug maintenance instructions that comes with the rug before you try cleaning it. Every type of rug requires a specific type of cleaning and maintenance. If you don’t have the resources to clean the rug yourself, you can always call for professional help from rug experts.
  • Rotate your rugs regularly. This will give your rugs an even chance to age at the same time.
  • To keep rugs in place, you can always use a rug pad. This will also help prolong the lifespan of your rug by keeping the corners of it from curling up.
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