Choosing a Rug

Flooring AshevilleWhile there exists a plethora of rugs to choose from that are different in color, texture, size or design, there is always that one rug that will blend in perfectly   with your personal style and room. Finding that one rug lies in being prepared before you step into the store. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing to purchase a new area rug for your home:

Color:  Because the color of the floor can dominate, you want to find a rug that coordinates with the colors of the room. If you are looking for a rug that will garner attention and act as a focal point, choose a brighter color, yet one that matches with the paint of the walls. This does not mean that the rug must identically match the paint color; rather, choose a color that is in tune or blends with the paint color. Keep in mind though, that if you have messy kids or pets, darker colors will help to hide those inevitable stains much better. Even if you believe you are intimately familiar with the room, be sure to take photos of the room in daylight to use a reference when shopping. 

Size and Placement: Picking the wrong size of rug is a common issue for many because most people think that they know the size of their room until they get home to find out that their choice is far too small. A small rug causes the room to appear chopped up; one that is too large will lead to frustrations with doors getting stuck on the rug. Measure your room’s width and length. Your rug should be 2 to 3 feet less from each dimension in order to ideally fit in the room. If you have a small room and you want to minimize costs, try placing a smaller rug in front of all the furniture and back most of your furniture up against the walls.

Texture: The appropriate texture of an area rug can add warmth and depth to the room. Consider the surrounding surfaces to choose a texture that completes the décor. If you have a room with shiny and smooth surfaces, a wool rug could provide more warmth to your room. 

Material: The quality of a rug is determined by considering both the design and the quality of its properties, such as the fibers, construction, and dyes. Whether it’s natural or manmade, each material has its own characteristics.  Wool rugs are made of a natural, sustainable resource that is known for its strong and vibrant texture. The fibers of wool excel at hiding dust and stains. If you are looking for a fancy, soft rug, silk is an excellent fiber for weaving some beautiful rugs. Because silk rugs are valuable, you should try to place them away from high-traffic areas, where many feet will walk or kids will play. If you want cheaper and practical choices, synthetic fiber (such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, or olefin) might not be as beautiful as silk and may require extra maintenance, but they are durable and strong to walk on.

To inquire about our rug options and to get advice about your next area rug, contact us here at the Carpet Barn today!