Choosing the Right Area Rug

Want to take your space from bland to bold? Choosing the Right Area Rug can make all the difference.

An area rug is a small, but mighty design element that is capable of packing a powerful punch. Transforming any space, or grounding an already standout room. Ultimately, an area rug is a perfect way to update any style of room from traditional to modern, or classic to contemporary.

The following tips will help you find your perfect area rug

The Space

When choosing the perfect area rug for your home, you’ll first need decide where its going to go. The rug you decide on for your dining room is going to be very different than a rug for your hallway or entryway. Is your 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 in your space will have a big impact on the size of the area rug you choose. For example the size of your dining table will help determine the size of your area rug. If you have a classic round table that seats four, you should look at rugs that measure 8ft x 8 ft. If your table is rectangular and seats six, then consider a 10ft x 8ft area rug.

What about those in-between spaces? Carpet runners are best suited for hallways or even kitchens. When it comes to finding the perfect runner, it often depends on the length and width of the space. Don’t be afraid to have a rug that is a little on the larger side, it will always look better than a runner that is too small.

The Texture

Texture can make a big difference to the overall feel of your space. Wool rugs can add warmth and softness. They are perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere to your living room and bedroom. Synthetics are tough and hardworking and are a perfect woven option, standing up to wear and tear areas, such as entryways. 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

The colour of your area rug might very depending on the location it’s going to be placed. For example lighter coloured rugs might not be well suited for high traffic areas such as entryways.

If your room is already filled with pops of colours and layered with patterns, you can use an area rug to tone things down simply by choosing a neutral solid shade. A great rug can also stand out as a piece of art and elevate a space that is neutral and calm.

Keep your Rug Clean

Once you have your perfect area rug in place, don’t forget how important it is to keep it clean. Frequent vacuuming as well as quick removal of spills and stains will help keep your rug looking its best. Investing in a professional area rug cleaning will not only make a huge difference in the overall aesthetics of your home by returning your rugs to their bright, clean appearance, but it will also remove any stains and lingering odours.

Call AmSteam for all your rug cleaning needs.

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