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Decorating With Large Rugs

January 2, 2014

Large rugs can be used in any area in the house. They were very popular in the early part of the 20th century, until they were replaced by the ubiquitous wall to wall carpeting, which suddenly became much sought after. Recently, decorating with large rugs seems to have regained its lost popularity amongst most decorators. Even those who have wall to wall carpeting are still using large rugs in spaces in their house. Why? Because area rugs look pretty and add a sense of warmth to any home.



Large Rugs in Dark Colors or Large Rugs in Light Colors?

When wall to wall carpeting first hit the scene in the 1960s, it came in a variety of colors. It still comes in a variety of colors, however most people are realizing that deep red plush carpeting or dark orange in the living room might look nice for a while, but when this style goes out in two years, you are stuck with it. When these homeowners decide to replace the carpeting, they normally opt for a neutral shade so that they never have to again have the horror of out of date wall to wall carpeting throughout the house. So many people choose neutral shades.

Neutral shades are a good choice in carpeting. This way, you can decorate for years without having to change the carpeting. You can change the décor in your house from Southwestern to ultra modern simply by changing some accessories instead of ripping up the carpeting. Large rugs enable you to add decor to any room without costing you a lot of money. And when you are sick of it, or it goes out of style, much like orange shag carpeting, then you can get rid of it and replace the large rug with something else, or nothing as the neutral carpet underneath will be in excellent condition.

The Many Features of Large Rugs

You do not have to spend a lot of money to buy large rugs. They are available at discount stores for under $100. You can get imitation Persian or Oriental carpeting or even large modern area rugs that will make a statement in any room.

One of the nicest things about using large rugs is that you do not have to worry about them slipping. Because they are large and, in some cases, nearly take up an entire room, they are too heavy to move. Unlike a small rug which can slip out from under you if you do not have a slip guard on the back, a large rug is pretty stationary.

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you should have a large rug to give the room a feeling of warmth as well as to protect the floors. Scuffs are common in large traffic areas and rugs can protect the hardwood from these scuffs. On top of that, they are much more comfortable to walk on, especially in the winter.

Nothing can set off the décor in your house like large rugs. Whether you are putting them down on carpeting or on bare floors, they really add style to your home.

What Size Area Rug Do I Need

January 2, 2014

Determining the proper size for a room’s area rug can become a bit daunting and takes many factors into consideration. Room and furniture size, style, and personal preference all need to be taken into consideration. Before going out to look for a new area rug, start by taking a few measurements in your space. You will first need the over all dimension of the room you are shopping for. There is no sense in purchasing a rug that will have to curl up at the ends of the wall.

The second group of measurements you will need is the furniture that you intend to place on, around or near your area rug. A key component of good design is proportion. If you have a gargantuan sofa, you do not want to purchase a small rug that will just get lost lying next to the furniture.



You will also need these measurements to decide on your overall furniture or seating arrangement. How will the rug compliment the way you have your sofa facing the two slipper chairs with the Neoclassical glass coffee table in-between? Do you want the rug to have a floating appearance or tie the seating arrangement in close for good conversation? Do you want the first thing your feet touch when climbing out of bed to be the plush wool rug?

It is best to draw all of this out before you leave the house. Used graph paper to draw your room to scale with all of the furniture in it. This does not need to be exact or beautiful; just a rough sketch, one block equal one square foot. After you sketch in your furniture, go ahead and draw in the ideal size area rug you would like. Figure out the size of the rug you just sketched in using the lines on the graph paper.

Another way is to use newspaper. Lay sheets of newspaper on the floor where you want to put the rug. Play around with the size until you have it just right.

Area rugs are sold in what is considered “typical sizes.” These are the standard sizes used to mass-produce rugs to the masses. If your ideal rug does not fit into these standard sizes, a custom rug can be made. Just keep in mind that custom area rugs can become very expensive, and probably will not make that big of a difference. It is often the best choice to stick with the typicals.

Living in an apartment or small home, most rooms and eating arrangements will benefit most with an 8’ x 10’ area rug or smaller. Grandeur formal living rooms and dens will benefit from the larger sizes.

Do you already have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home? Don’t discount the use of area rugs. They work very well to visually divide large spaces, provide distinction and color to any room and can be much more plush to walk on.

From one mom to another, an area rug underneath the dining room table is splendid for catching food and stains. When it is dirty, you can either have it professionally cleaned or just take it outside and scrub it down with detergent as opposed to having to replace your entire carpet throughout because of one grape juice stain.

These tips are just the basics to buying your next area rug. In the end, keep in mind your own personal style and taste. Just because the interior design professionals say that these rules are the way you should do it, doesn’t mean that their way is the only way to liven up your personal space with area rugs.

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