Saturday, June 12

Useful Tips When Choosing An Area Rug For The Living Room

The living room is the place where the family gathers for special bonding moments or for receiving and entertaining guests. It is only right to make the living room comfortable and beautiful through a beautiful area rug. An area rug can be used to cover a specific area of the living space which is unlike carpets that stretches from wall to wall. Area rugs of any size can improve the style of a room but by choosing the right one, it can become a good investment.

How to buy an area rug for the living room

Normally, people would opt for a carpet that covers the entire living space; however, it does not make sense in open floor plans. In a dedicated living room, a carpet can be secured to the floor the give a room a unified look. In the open floor plan, area rugs can be used to divide the space.

Before you shop for an area rug, it is important to figure out the right size. A large area rug is best suited for a large living room because it can make the space look even bigger; however, there must be at least 18 to 20 inches of bare floor around its perimeter. Since a large area rug can be quite expensive, an option is a rug that is big enough to extend under the front legs of the furniture. For most living areas, the area rug should measure about 8 feet by 10 feet or 9 feet by 12 feet.

Unlike size, there are no rules when it comes to the style of the rug for the living room. It most instances, the choice will be a matter of personal preference. However, the pile height or the density of the fibres must balance comfort with the amount of foot traffic. High pile or shaggy rugs are more comfortable and luxurious but low or medium pile rugs are better for spaces with high foot traffic.

When it comes to colour and design, do not be afraid to create contrast. An ornate traditional rug can be placed alongside a minimalist furniture to create an interesting visual depth. A leather couch will look more interesting and sophisticated with a thick shag rug.

Layering rugs is another way to create contrast. For example, a visually interesting smaller rug can be placed on top of an oversized natural fibre rug made from jute, sisal or wild grass. This strategy can be good for the wallet because oversized area rugs particularly the hand-knotted kind are very expensive. Meanwhile, large natural area rugs are more affordable. By layering an interesting but smaller area rug with a natural rug, you are able to satisfy your dream of creating a perfect oasis in your living room.

You can experiment with custom rugs that are personalized according to your personal taste and lifestyle. There are thousands in stock in different unique styles and colours in every size to decorate your favourite room. Each order is individually designed and crafted to meet your expectations.