I am going to admit right now, that I do not see myself as a decorator and struggle with decision making when it comes to home decor. Area rugs especially can be scary to choose. You have to think about size, color, quality, material, and price. Most importantly, you have to imagine how it will look in your home. An area rug can completely change the look and balance of any room.
I was recently faced with having to buy several area rugs for many different rooms of different sizes and color. Making such important decisions can be intimidating and you don’t want to make a huge mistake.
Maybe that is why when I want to buy something I start a list and research the topic to death. However, when I am done, I feel I have done my homework. Off to shop for area rugs.
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Why Buy Area Rugs
After investing in expensive flooring, it is difficult to think about how much of that flooring should be covered with a rug. Why should you buy good rugs?
An area rug is really a work of art and provides an anchor for the colors and feel of your room. Designers actually say, start with the rug if you can. Buy paint and furniture to build around the area rug to create a well-balanced space. Most of us don’t get this option but keep it in mind if you do.
Area rugs absorb sound from the air decreasing the noise in your room. Rugs also make the floor quieter to walk on. The Jaipur Abstract Blue rug reduced noise and adds warmth to our family room with a stone floor. The colors are great because they could go in almost any room.
No doubt rugs are softer than flooring and absorb in the impact of walking. With an area rug, a really good quality pad is important here, but I’ll touch on that later.
We really notice a difference in our lower level which is always cooler, but the stone can be downright cold to step on with bare feet. The rugs provide not only a feeling of warmness but make the whole look warmer.
As I did my research, important factors rose to the top of my list.
Most people tend to buy rugs too small. Even after my hard work, I bought at least on area rug smaller than I probably should have. Most rugs are available in the usual sizes of :
3′ x 5′
4′ x 6′
5′ x 8′
7′ x 10′
8′ x 11
Designers suggest that an area rug should fit under all of the important furniture pieces in a room or at the very least the front legs. Know what size you want before you start shopping. When you think of placing and 8”x11” rug in your room, it sounds like it will swallow up the room. Actually, a rug that is too small, looks obviously too small and you will have regrets
A trick called the “Tape Trick” I found very helpful and will use it in the future.
Before you go shopping: measure out a floor space based on the size you think you require, according to the standard sizes listed above. Then, using a removable masking tape or something similar that will not damage your floor, tape off the area you just measured.
You will be able to see the outline of where the rug would end, helping you to see how a rug of that size would fit into your space. Once you are satisfied with the size of your taped-off area, you are ready to go rug shopping!
The distance between one the wall and the rug should be between 12 and 18 inches. If you have a large room, this is important. You shouldn’t just plop the rug in the center of the room. People tend to push the rug up against the wall or just put it under or in front of the closest piece of furniture. When I applied this rule of 12 inches from one wall, I was so pleased with the way the rug accented the room and made furniture placing much easier.
The area rug pulls the room and furniture together so your furniture doesn’t look like it is floating in the room.
It was also suggested that the furniture grouping is within the perimeter of the rug. – I was not able to pull this off.
Now you have to think about color or patterns. Do you want a distinct geometric shape design, or something more abstract? Most stores that sell rugs will have a good sized sample that you can bring home and try it out. By doing this we avoided several huge mistakes. Be sure to look at the sample not only with your floors, walls, and furniture but in different lightings. Also look off into adjoining rooms to be sure there
There is a wide price range when buying area rugs. The advice from HGTV is that a quality area rug will last for years and you will love looking at what it does for the look of your home. That being said, you want to choose carefully before you make the investment.
Honestly, I believe you can get beautiful rugs without spending thousands of dollars on each one. It is a good idea to do some looking and then set your budget. You will have a better idea if your price range is realistic and you will be happier with your purchase.
The importance of high-quality rug pads has to be addressed.
There are, of course, many rug pad options available. Materials include felt, latex or synthetic rubber material, even natural materials such as jute.
Generally, the natural rubber and/or felt pads are widely accepted as being among the best rug pad options.
Your flooring and your area rug are true investments. A premium rug pad is worth the price and will protect them both, rather than repairing the damage that could result without the protection.
Materials & Brands
Do you want, wool, synthetic or cotton? How about flatweave, jute, or shag? These choices are personal preferences, but I tend to really focus on reviews that I find credible from other customers
Hoping the tips included here will help you with your search.