Home Decorating: Area Rugs

If you’ve been reading some of my recent posts, you’ve probably noticed a trend. Yes, I’m in the process of buying a new home.

I’m not going to lie – house hunting has been a long process for us. I think the main reason is because of our long list of “must haves.” We pretty much wanted a move-in ready home at a great price. The problem? What we considered to be a great price was way lower than what the market is dictating in our area right now.

Either way, we adjusted our expectations and were able to find a home! We haven’t closed on our mortgage yet, but I’m already picturing how I want our new home to be decorated. After all, decorating is one of the best parts of owning a home, right?

Since our (future) house has hardwood floors, I’d like to add some texture (and protection) by getting decorative area rugs. A couple of the benefits of decorating with rugs are that they can make small rooms look bigger and big rooms look more inviting and cozy.

The only thing is that I have no clue how to decorate with rugs, which is why I decided to do a bit of research and share it with you. Just in case you’re moving to a new home, or just want to spruce up a room or two, here are a few things you might consider:

  • To buy or not to buy – I’ve heard pet owners complain about pets thinking rugs are grass. So, if you have a furry friend that thinks this way, it may be best to avoid rugs altogether and invest in flooring that’s easy to clean, such as tile or hardwood.
  • Purpose of the rug – Will it be an accessory, the focal point or for protection only? Once you determine the purpose, it will be easier to find the right rug.
  • Size – This depends on the type of room. If it’s a dining room, you have to make sure the rug is big enough to accommodate not only the table, but also the chairs. This means that when you pull out the chairs, they should still be on the rug. If the rug is for a living room or family room, you need a rug that goes beyond the coffee table. The rug can start from the legs of the sofa, all the way to the other side of the coffee table or couch, if you have one. Runners should be four inches narrower than your hallway and 18-24 inches shorter. They should also be wide enough to accommodate both feet when walking.
  • Materials – Do you prefer natural or man-made materials? The purpose of your rug should help you determine the material. Wool rugs are very popular because they’re durable and easy to maintain. They’re also great for rooms with shiny surfaces. If you choose a wool rug, make sure it’s been moth-proofed. Silk rugs have a more regal look, with an equally “regal” price tag. Oriental rugs used to be all made of silk. Nowadays, even “silk” Oriental rugs may have a mix of other materials to lower their production price. However, keep in mind that even if the production price is lowered, you may be tricked into paying the price of a real silk rug and getting an “artificial silk” rug in return. Man-made fibers like nylon and polypropylene are cheaper and also easy to maintain. However, there are people who feel like they don’t have the same effect as natural fiber rugs. Of course, there’s also the environmental argument against man-made materials due to the fact that they’re harder on the environment.
  • Colors – This one really depends on your style and current room décor. If you already have bright colors and patterns, it’s better to tone it down with a neutral rug. However, if you’re like me and like to use accessories as a way to add color and texture to a room, then a rug is a great way to do so.

To get some color and pattern inspiration, check out this gallery from HGTV.

Are you a pro at decorating your home with area rugs? Share some tips with us!

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