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Get a New Look and Decorate with a Rug

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive during a redesign consultation has to do with choosing a rug for a given room. What color, what size, what works with the furniture, all of these are elements to take into consideration when looking for a rug. Let me offer five tips, and then I will provide you with some ideas and inspiration. Personally, I like to choose a rug after the furniture is placed!

Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:

  1. Get the right sized rug. Too often I go into a home, and the homeowner loves a rug they got that is 5’x7’, and they are trying to use it in a room that is 16’x18’. You want to use a rug that creates a conversation area. In a living room, for example, the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) should all be on the carpet.
  2. Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
  3. What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. Click here to learn about different rug materials.
  4. If you already have a beautiful fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
  5. If you have older furniture and want to modernize a room, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories.

Rug Ideas and Inspiration:

Don’t be afraid to use color!

Photo by Kia DesignsSearch living room design ideas

If you want cozy and comfortable add a rug with a high pile. Keep in mind that may not be a long-lasting or sturdy rug to use in a high-traffic area, assess your use pattern before making this decision. To learn about rug pile heights, click here.

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If you have neutral colors on your walls and furniture add some pizzazz in a fun geometric shape.

Don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns, have some fun. If you stick with colors and patterns that you love and have a general theme, such as in this photo red, blue, and gray tones, it can blend beautifully.

Online Rug sources:

Note Be sure to get the right floor pad for your rug and your flooring to prevent slipping, staining, and marking. For some tips on how to choose the right pad, click here.

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help with picking an area rug for a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for assistance on choosing the size, color, and balance to give your home the fresh new look you want!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Featured Photo from Houzz: D.K. Boos Glass, Inc.)

How to Buy the Right Rug

Beautiful Rug OptionA rug pulls a room together and anchors the room. For further reading on that topic, review my article titled How to Anchor a Room with a Rug. You may be waiting to find the right rug or not sure what you want. A quality rug can be quite an investment, similar to a piece of furniture or more depending on what the rug is made of and how. If you have bare floors or need to create a conversation area with a rug here are three tips:

  1. Spend some time thinking about your style and what you like. Do you like a traditional look, floral, bright colors, muted colors, patterned, etc.
  1. Understand the smallest and maximum size rug that you need in a room. A general rule of thumb is that you want 18” of bare floor around the rug. In new construction where you have open rooms usually the problem is finding a rug that is big enough. The larger the rug equates to more expensive. Wayfair offers a guide on selecting a rug for a room size and shows how each layout can work, click here to view.
  1. Know your budget and how much you want to spend.

Understanding Rug Construction

You will find that quality rugs are made of natural fibers and good dyes. Natural rugs are wool, silk, or cotton. Wool is fantastic at hiding dust and soil; however, beware of low-quality wool that breaks and sheds feeling like straw. You will find low-quality rugs to be synthetic fibers such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, and olefin.

Here is my personal tip:  If you are the type of person who is constantly changing out your look and don’t care about a high-quality rug, purchase the less expensive one. Or if you have kids and dogs and know it will have high traffic, a cheaper big box store option would be perfect. It is better to have a rug in a room that you know you will have to replace than a bare floor. A rug absorbs sound in an open room, softens the space, adds color, and can pull pieces of furniture together into an area. If you are looking for an inexpensive rug, there are many options at home stores or online (several options are listed in my article referenced earlier on anchoring a room.)

How to Buy a Quality Rug

Educate yourself. If you are starting out the first step is to get educated so you can understand how to discern a fake natural content rug. Visit rug galleries, flooring or furniture stores, antique, and consignment shops. Stay away from the always “going out of business; everything must go” stores that you often see advertised. Here are a few resources:

Don’t Forget the Rug Pad

You need a rug pad to keep your rugs from slipping, to reduce wear, and protect the flooring beneath the rug. Choose a pad made of natural materials, felt and natural rubber for example. These materials will not damage your flooring regardless of type. To understand this in depth, click here to read an article on rug pads.

Redesign RightIf you need help choosing the right rug for a room, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .