Enhancing Your Home With Rugs

By Alex Bacheller

If you are fond of looking at magazines or books about interior designing, you will be amazed on how they design each room regardless of its size. If you are a keen observer, you will notice that 98% of these pictures have rugs on them. Why? Because rugs play a very important role in enhancing any room.

Rugs can instantly create that perfect ambiance in your home. It is one of the easiest ways to redecorate your home without spending too much. Moreover, it serves as a protection from cold tiles and concrete floors. It also prevents our hardwood floors from scratches made by furniture. Rugs are for protection and for ornament - two purposes in one.

So, do you want to know how to modify your home with rugs? It is actually easy as long as keep in mind these critical factors:

The first thing you need to consider is your room area. Determining the room size will give you the idea on how big your rugs should be. As a rule of thumb, the rug should be 24 inches shorter than the shortest wall of the room. It does not matter whether you have your entire floor carpeted or not. You may still use the rugs on them.

For living rooms, it would best to choose area rugs that will complement your furniture layout. You can have 1 big rug if you only have 1 conversation area, or 2 to define 2 seating areas. With these groupings, you need to remember that there should be at least 1 foot of rug from the furniture but not more than 2 feet of it extending from them. Usually, an 8 x 10 foot rug is used in a living room.

Bedrooms. A rug placed in the bedroom is usually placed to enhance the focal of the room, which is the bed. It should be remembered that at least one-third of the carpet must be under the bed. It should also extend to about 30 to 36 inches on its sides.

Dining Rooms. Dining rooms with elegantly designed home rugs can create an intimate dining area. When choosing the appropriate size, you need to be sure that the table and the chairs can fit in it. You should also consider the chairs being pushed back, your rug should also cover that area. As a rule, you need to add at least 40 to 48 inches of rug to the total measurement of your dining table. This will give you enough space for your chairs.

Another factor that you need to consider is choosing the right type of rug. Rugs are made from different materials. There are natural materials such as wool, cotton and grass rugs which usually cost more. Synthetic materials on the other hand are a lot cheaper. These include nylon and polypropylene/olefin.

Lastly, let us go the fun and most exciting part; you need to choose the suitable color and patterns. Dark colored rugs tend to create an intimate space in the room while light colored rugs can expand the area. To hide falling hairs, pet hairs and dirt, you may opt to choose heavy patterned rugs to conceal them. You may choose Oriental rugs for traditional themed room, bold geometric patterns for a modern, sophisticated room and a braided area rug for a countryside themed room.

The market can offer you a wide array of options. There are different designs, shape, colors and sizes. You just need a creative mind to use these affordable floor accessories to redesign and enhance your room in an instant. - 29857

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