Choosing the Right Area Rug

Want to take your space from bland to bold?  An area rug is a small but mighty design element that is capable of packing a powerful punch and transforming a space, or grounding an already standout room. Ultimately, the rug you decide on is capable of transforming your space from traditional to modern, or from classic to contemporary.

Following are tips will help you find your perfect area rug:

The Space

When choosing the perfect area rug for your space, you first need to choose the space! The perfect rug for your dining room is going to be very different than the rug for your hallways or entryways. Is this space for entertaining? Is it cozy and inviting or an environment that experiences a lot of wear and tear throughout the day? These are important questions to ask yourself when deciding on colours and materials.

The Size

The furniture that is in your space will have a big impact on the size of the carpet you choose. The proportions of your dining room table will define the size of your area rug. If you have a classic round table that seats four, you should look at rugs that measure 8 x 8 feet. If your table is rectangular and seats six, then consider a 10 x 8 area rug.

Most living room layouts suit a rectangular or square rug, and before purchasing any carpeting, ensure that the size will allow the legs of all your furniture to be placed on the carpet. This also applies to the area rug you choose for your bedroom.

What about those in-between spaces though? Runners are best suited for hallways and even kitchens. When it comes to finding the perfect runner, it all depends on the length and width of the space. Rugs can also define a space, so the size is also dependent on the look you are aiming for. Don’t be afraid to go big because it will always look better than too small.

The Texture

Before we delve into the right colours and patterns, let’s discuss texture. Material can make a big difference to the overall feel of your space. Wool rugs can add warmth and softness. This is perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere for your living room and bedroom, as you want something that you can really sink your feet into. Synthetics are tough and hardworking and the perfect woven option for standing up to wear and tear. Be honest with yourself about what you can maintain. For example, silk is beautiful and luxurious but requires a lot effort to keep clean, as do high pile rugs.

The Colour and Pattern

Speaking of maintenance, the colour of your area rug should be determined by your level of cleanliness. Avoid lighter shades if you are prone to stains. If your room is already filled with pops of colours and layered patterns, you can use your area rug to tone things down by choosing a neutral solid shade. A rug can also stand out as a piece of art to elevate a space that is neutral and calm.

Keep you Rug Clean

Once you have your perfect area rug in place, don’t forget to maintain it. AmSteam is your best tool for a deep clean that keeps your rugs and carpets looking and functioning their best.