In a home with an open floor plan where one area merges into another, a rug is a fantastic way to separate the rooms by purpose, to add comfort, and to add color. Because the rug anchors the room, you will want to purchase the right size and meet your family’s needs. To learn more about selecting the correct rug material and size, check out How to Buy the Right Rug.
Many of the newer homes have wood flooring and great rooms. That open floor space is highly appealing with its light and airy feel and openness. The decorating challenge that I find is that people add their furniture and their accessories and still their home doesn’t feel “finished.” What pulls a room together and anchors it to a particular purpose is a rug. Rugs add that comfortable feel that is often lacking in a home with all wood flooring; they also cut down on the sound in the house.
You are not limited to using rugs only over wood or tiled floors. Layering rugs, for example, a throw rug over wall-to-wall carpeting offers visual interest and can also be used to define a purpose in a room. Getting the appropriately sized rug is important, you don’t have to have all of your furniture on the rug; however, you will want it partially on the rug. Click here for an excellent resource from Wayfair explaining how to choose a rug size for a given space.
If you have children or animals, or very messy adults, you may want to consider a rug that you can spot-clean. Polyester, nylon, or polypropylene (indoor-outdoor) materials offer the best options for spot-cleaning and are generally the least expensive. Here is a list of retailers where you can find your perfect rug:
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.