You may be by-passing the area rugs in their section at the store simply because you have never used them before. Perhaps you are used to the wall-to-wall carpeting in your home so much you think it is the only finishing that can look good on your floor. But until you buy one, you will never know how softly a modern area rug can tie your house together and coordinate everything in the room. The right area rug will blend in with your furniture, wall coverings, upholstery, roofing and accessories.
Buying an area rug should not be an exercise done in haste. Do not be quick to choose the first rug you see in a shop with the rugs for sale sign. Go in and look at the entire collection. If none meets your expectations, go to another store. Keep searching until you find an area rug that perfectly harmonizes the color scheme and dcor theme in your home. In fact, you should give as much importance to choosing a modern area rug as you would a coffee table or sofa because if it does not fit in with the rest of the house, then it won’t be of much use to you.
It isn’t enough to simply stop at a store that has a ‘rugs for sale’ sign in the window and pick out an area rug in five minutes. When you do this, chances are pretty good that you’ll never be completely happy with the way the rug looks in your home. You want to make sure the rug you choose is something you are going to want to live with for a long time to come. You should put as much time and effort into choosing an area rug as you would picking a new sofa or coffee table.
One of the first things you need to consider is what color area rug will best suit the interior of your home. Even if you want the area rug to be a room’s focal point it can’t clash with the other colors. One thing you might want to consider is trying a different, but complementary colored rug. For example, if you have a room that is decorated in lots of earth tones you might want to add a splash of color with a pale pink area rug or several small yellow area rugs which will make the room look both sunnier and bigger.
Analyze your home carefully before you go shopping for an area rug. You might find that some shapes seem to be more prevalent in individual rooms than others. When choosing an area rug, go for one whose shape will fit in with those found in the home. If the shapes that stand out in the bedroom are square while those in the living room are oval, you will have to buy square area rugs for the bedroom and oval area rugs for your living room. Thankfully, modern area rugs come in a wide range of shapes.
Area rugs can be used to add warmth to cold rooms. If there are rooms in your home that are always cold even when the heater is on, consider getting a large, thick, area rug to offer wall to wall carpeting. Thus when you turn on the heater, the heat that was previously absorbed by the cold floor will now be diffused across the room, keeping the room warmer for longer.
Consider wear and tear
The type of rug you finally buy should be determined by the foot traffic of the room you intend to use it in. Use thick, durable, easy to clean area rugs in busy rooms such as the family and entertainment room. Use more delicate rugs in areas that are rarely use, and where the wear and rear level is lower.