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Thursday, 22 August 2013

How To Choose The Right Rug For A Room

English: Gendje rug from The Caucasus/Caucasian
English: Gendje rug from The Caucasus/Caucasian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Copyright © 2010-2013 Alycia Hartzell

Choosing the right area rug for a room goes beyond simply selecting a rug that you like. Existing factors within the room will determine the rug you should select. A common mistake many people make is merely selecting the rug they like best, without taking into account how it will work in the room. Factors such as floor color, furniture color, wall color, and the amount of natural light a room receives will dictate what type of rug you choose.

The first and most important variable that needs to be considered is the color of the larger elements in the room. These elements include wall color, sofa color, and drapery color. You should select a rug that complements or enhances this existing palette. In addition, the patterns of these elements will also play a role in selecting the appropriate rug. A general rule of thumb to follow is not to overdo it in selecting an identical pattern. However, you do want to select a pattern that coincides with the current theme of the room. Finally, floor color should be taken into account as well. Lighter colored floors look best with a rug of rich, deeper colors, and the contrast of a light area rug on a darker toned floor is striking.

The amount of foot traffic a room receives, as well as the lifestyle of those using your room, should be considered when choosing the material of your rug. Wool rugs are not only the most popular, but also surprisingly resilient. Most stains and dirt can be easily removed from a wool rug, in addition to the fact that wool provides good durability. Often times machine made rugs consisting of artificial fabrics are slightly easier to clean but don't offer the same durability as wool rugs.

Another important factor to consider is rug size. The existing furniture layout in the room will determine the size of the rug you select. Choose a rug that is large enough to cover the flooring under your major pieces of furniture. For example, in a dining room the rug should cover at least the floor space under the dining room table. You should also leave at least 24 inches of visible floor space around the edges of the room.

Armenian tapestry
Armenian tapestry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lastly, natural light plays a significant role in creating a feeling of space in a room. A lack of natural light can be made up for by decorating with lighter colored furniture, walls, and of course area rugs. By following these simple rules and thoughtfully selecting an area rug, you will be well on your way to creating a pleasing look in any space you decorate.

About the Author:
Alycia Hartzell is a seasoned design professional with experience in both residential and commercial interior design. She writes for Domestic Modern - a leading retailer of contemporary rugs. Learn more at:

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