Staying on Top of Rugs
The addition of rugs to a home can go a long way. They help warm a dreary room, add a splash of color to a dull space, tone down a room with strong and bright colored furniture and create a new look to almost any room. Plus, it’s a quick fix to any floors that may need replacing.
While there are Persian rugs that can cost thousands of dollars, many rugs can be purchased for prices in the hundreds. Leather rugs can add depth to rooms and complement traditional, rustic styles. Wool rugs are warm, sustainable and a great way to add a natural accent. Shag rugs add dimension and coziness to an otherwise flat room.
If you anticipate lots of traffic and wear, consider a patterned rug that will hide stains. A wool rug is easier to clean than other fabrics. Pricey Oriental rugs are a great eye-catcher. To avoid fading, they should be kept out of direct sunlight. They must also be specially cleaned. A jute rug is a perfect indoor/outdoor fabric for enclosed patios and outdoor rooms.
One quick, inexpensive way to dress up a room is to add area rugs. They come in a wide range of colors and designs and provide warmth and comfort. They can also help absorb sound in a room.
The shape of the rug should mirror the furniture or room size. For example, a rectangular dining table should have a rectangular rug underneath. Likewise, a round dining table should be paired with a round rug.
Interior designers say to never cover the entire floor with an area rug; leave at least nine inches of the floor exposed. A small rug right in front of the entry door is acceptable. A dining room rug should be large enough to accommodate the legs of all chairs. As a guide, the rug should extend 24 inches from the edge of the table. Be sure rugs don’t cover vents or keep doors from opening. For safety, avoid placing rugs so that traffic patterns have people walking along carpet edges where they can catch a toe or heel.
Colorful rugs, placed correctly, can give your home a distinctive look and added dimension that potential buyers will remember.