Have you been working on your home projects that you always said, “When I get the time, someday, I’ll get to that.” I have been tackling those boxes and have enjoyed reliving some wonderful memories. I have had lots of giggles and tears! I have heard about projects that friends have worked on and wanted to share some tips with you.Continue reading The “Someday” projects
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:
- 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. Click here for tips on what size rug to choose for your space.
- 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!
- 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.
- If you already have a beautiful fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
- If you have older furniture and want to modernize a room, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories.
Ideas for a new rug:
Don’t be afraid to use color!
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.
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.
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 Instagram. Feature photo purchased from Shutterstock.
A 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:
- Spend some time thinking about your style and what you like. Do you like a traditional look, floral, bright colors, muted colors, patterned, etc.
- 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.
- 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:
- What you need to know: Fake Silk Rugs
- Buying Antique Rugs
- Interested in purchasing a rug at auction? Go to Auctionzip.com for an auction in your area.
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.
If 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, Google+ and Instagram.
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+.