Since the invention of area rugs many decades back, they have become a standard decoration accessory. Many people use them to decorate their homes and offices. In fact, any interior décor is never complete without throwing in a rug or two. Rugs transform the look of a room, absorb ambient sounds, provide warmth and comfort as well as softening the texture of the place.
There are many types of area rugs available in the market today. Some are handmade while others are machine made. Whichever one you choose, it will still create the desired effect to a room.
Interior designers advise that you use the rugs as the foundation décor element to give direction on what appropriate furniture to add and the types of complementary paints to use. You can add area rugs to an already existing décor to make it look better. At the same time, you can use the rugs to elevate a nondescriptive room.
When decorating with rugs, consider cultural and regional themes. These two should create some form of harmony in a room. If your home has modern Asian accessories, ensure that your area rugs or other handmade textiles are from such countries as Bali, Thailand, and India.
If you have incorporated the African theme in your home, use rugs and other textile elements from the African countries.
Use subdued rugs that have symmetrical patterns in a busy interior. If the room has an already defined focal point such as a fireplace or some painting or work of art, use a subtle area rug that will not compete with the focal point of the room. You can decorate a simple interior with ornate and medallion style themes. If you want a rug that serves as the focal point, use Kashmiri, Persian, or Andean area rugs.
When it comes to rug size placement, use large area rugs for spacious bedrooms, living room, and dining room. Smaller spaces such as bathrooms, entrances, and hallways are best suited with small area rugs. Keep in mind that if the carpet is to be placed under the coffee table, it should be larger than the table. In fact, it should be big enough such that it touches the front legs of the sofa.
The rugs that you choose should match the lifestyle of the room they serve. For instance, dark colors and sturdy fabrics are suitable for areas with high traffic. If you want the place to look brighter, use light-toned rugs. For warmth and coziness, use deeper-shaded colors.
Whichever area rug you choose, you must practice proper maintenance to prolong its lifespan. Regular vacuuming on both sides of the carpet is highly recommended. Do not leave stains untreated, remove them as soon as you can before they become permanent. When it comes to deep cleaning, you should first know which method is suitable for your type of rug.
Rugs are a great addition to your interior or exterior décor. You can invest in a few, and you will not regret ever.