How to Choose the Right Area Rug

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What’s under your feet (or how you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to the house. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A-to-Z guide that will give you the confidence to make the flooring choices you’ll love. Read the manual from A to Z here.

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While the eye-catching details certainly make a room’s design stand out – a whimsical fixture here, the perfect, polished-punk cabinet pulls there – you should take it from the experts and start from scratch.

“Area rugs can bring all the pattern, color, and interest you need into a space, which is why we often start with the rug and build from there,” says Laura Umansky, President and Creative Director of Laura U Design Collective. Umansky also believes that area rugs can be a great addition to any flooring, from classic hardwood to tile and beyond. “We use rugs on just about every surface, so I don’t think there’s a flooring material that you can’t layer a rug on. I think it’s more of a choice of using space. “

Home Depot offers tens of thousands of options that can be intimidating at first. But variety is, in fact, a plus, especially if you take note of the following guidelines in your research.

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Measure the situation

Home Decorators Collection Treasures 8×10 Gray Area Rug

People often tend to choose a rug that is too small for the space provided, which makes the room look disjointed. A rug should be no less than six inches and no more than about two feet from a wall, and ideally go around the perimeter about 12 inches.

And don’t forget the passages: runners can breathe life into long stretches of hallway that might otherwise seem claustrophobic and help unify the design between rooms. (Keep just a few inches of space on each side to avoid cluttering your baseboard.)

Alternatively, in open floor plans, rugs can be used to define spaces more clearly, creating different environments as you move between them. And, of course, always use a non-slip pad – necessary to ensure extra comfort and that your mat does not shift – which we discuss in detail below. letter N.

MAT SIZE 101
Different sizes of rugs will change the look of a living room, bedroom or dining room.

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Decide on the patterns, pigments and hairs

Safavieh Vintage Hamadan Red / Multi 8 ft. X 10 ft ..

“A rug in classic colors will work with a range of decor styles, but if you want to be trendy or experimental, a bolder rug is a great way to do it without calling in a team of professionals,” says Jessica Pleasants. , Project Manager at Godwin Residential Construction. She notes that many designers now layer rugs with smaller rugs – or a few rugs together – for a mix of textures and colors that creates a luxurious, relaxed look. (Point: Use carpet tape to keep the carpets attached to each other.)

But choosing to add a rug isn’t just an aesthetic consideration – it’s one that can completely change the way you use a space from day to day. “A rug really adds warmth to a room, and it’s a lot more comfortable when you’re sitting on a rug while playing with your child rather than just with the floor,” Pleasants says.

Area rugs can easily become gathering spaces for game nights, afternoon movies, or cocktail hours, meaning those high traffic (or high level gaming) areas have to use materials that can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear while still feeling. comfortable. Look for low-pile rugs that might already have a vintage and distressed feel, or Moroccan rugs, which often have a more loaded, color-saturated pattern that more easily masks the trampling of the feet day after day. Save thick, high-pile rugs for places like bedrooms, where a little extra cushion is. always Welcome.

Choose low-pile rugs, which have low, dense fibers, for high traffic areas, and keep thick, high-pile rugs for places like bedrooms.

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Think refined or ready to play

Geometric Polypropylene Bazaar Alstead Ivory / Gray Area Rug, 8 ft. X 10 ft.

“The reason [low pile] area rugs are relatively easy to clean because the pile is dense and low, so that a lot of dirt doesn’t get trapped like a regular pile carpet, ”says Carolyn Forte, Director of Appliances and Cleaning Products for the good. Housekeeping. She recommends vacuuming once a week with an upright vacuum, which is less harsh on the carpet.

When accidents do happen (and, as we all know, they will be) it is essential to tackle the problem quickly. “If something spills, go right ahead and wipe it off with cool water,” advises Forte. “It goes a long way in getting him out. If the water doesn’t wash it off, I’d say a little mild dish soap and a water solution should be able to remove most stains.

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Don’t rule out an outdoor rug

NuLOOM Rikki Braided Jute Rug with Border

Forte also suggests looking at indoor-outdoor rugs as an option for rooms that might be prone to spills, like a dining room or breakfast nook. And then there’s jute: a natural fiber material that’s an eco-friendly, durable, and versatile choice for any busy area that needs a neutral, natural touch (like a home office or bedroom). Jute is also an economical option that is cheaper than other natural fiber rugs, like sisal or seagrass, and is ideal for anyone with a rowdy pet (or more) who might be prone to harsh damage.

Of course, the needs of a home change – so do our whims. Look no further than … the carpet! Pleasants says they’re the perfect way to create a great vibe without breaking the bank. “His absolutely easier to change a carpet than to change parquet! “

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