Adding a rug to a room is a great way to tie the entire room together. In fact, many decorators begin with the rug and build the room from the ground up. The rug can add warmth, both physically and visually to an otherwise stark and cold room. Area rugs may be one of the things that turn a house into your home.
In the living or family room, the large rugs can make a great may cover the majority of the floor. You will want to leave one to one and one half feet of the floor exposed at the edges of the rug to make the room appear larger. Remember that it is okay to layer smaller rugs over larger ones for an even more dramatic effect. Area rugs can also be used in rooms that have wall to wall carpet as well as those with hard surfaced rooms. This is sometimes a good way to add that splash of color to the room.
In the adult bedroom, the rug can help to keep your feet warm for that first step out of bed. In addition, you may choose a large rug that extends one to two feet out from under the bed or smaller rugs for each side of the bed.
Children often enjoy special rugs that are designed for play. You will find many children’s rugs that have game boards or other stimulating activities that can keep the kids entertained for hours in their room.
Wool rugs are often the softest of all rugs. They can feel great under the foot and are long wearing. However, wool rugs are also the most expensive and require special cleaning techniques. If you have children or pets in the home, you may want to skip the wool rug and choose one of the many fine synthetic rugs. Synthetics are easier to care for and the better rugs may come close to the quality of wool. If a synthetic rug is damaged beyond repair, it will be easier to throw out and replace than the natural rug.
A rug liner will help your rug to last longer and prevent it from slipping and sliding. While better rugs may feel great under foot without the additional padding offered by the liner, they can also benefit from the additional padding.
Dirt is often the worst enemy of any carpet or rug. The first step preventing matting of the fibers is vacuuming with a good quality vacuum. While beater bars on a vacuum help to release the granules of dirt, they can also grab the edges or any fringe of the rug and cause damage. Make sure to use caution as you vacuum rug edges. If fine grains of dirt or sand are left in the rug, they will eventually cut the fibers of the rug leading to premature wear and require that the rug be replaced.
If there are spills on your rug, they should be blotted as soon as possible. Many times using a white towel to blot up a liquid quickly will prevent a permanent stain from setting into the rug. Quick action will prevent the liquid from soaking through the rug, but you still may want to roll back the rug and inspect the floor underneath. Liquids that soak through the rug can damage the flooring underneath.
In addition to regular vacuuming of the rug, owners should schedule regular cleaning of the rugs. If you have expensive rugs, contact a carpet cleaner that will take special precautions and follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the rug. You do not want that brightly colored rug pattern to bleed and become a discolored mess.
In some areas, you may want to choose area rugs that are machine washable. In particular, small kitchen and bathroom rugs that are safe in the washing machine are often an excellent choice. If the rug becomes soiled, a quick trip through the washing machine can restore it to like new condition. Rugs with foam or rubber backings should never be dried in a dryer due to a fire hazard.
While area rugs are often though of as a fabric rug, they can be made of other materials. Hard surfaced area rugs make for easy cleanup under dining tables and in food preparation areas in the kitchen. They can be damp mopped to clean up spills.
Many military families find great comfort in their area rugs. While they must often move every three to four years, to a new location, once the rugs are rolled out in base housing, the family is at home again. Sure, there will be new challenges, new schools and new friends, but no matter the view outside the home, that familiar rug serves to unite the family unit through difficult and stressful times.
Homes that have hardwood floors can benefit from small area rugs at each entry as well as door mats on the outside. These rugs can catch the dirt at the door. The rug prevents tracking dirt into the home and causing scratches and other damage to the floor. Special attention should be paid to keep these rugs clean and remove dirt on a daily basis especially in the winter or rainy season.
When choosing rugs and other furnishings for a room, you will want to pay special attention to the color wheel. This will prevent clashing colors from being used in the room. If you choose a red rug, you will want to decorate the room in earth tones, such as orange and brown. A green rug is complemented by soft pinks and yellows. Only in a young child’s room can you get away with using bright primary colors all together as this tends to feel very busy in a family room.
Rugs may be purchased in brick and mortar stores or on the internet. Purchase of rugs in brick and mortar stores gives you the advantage of seeing the actual rug and comparing it to color swatches and paint chips. Buying online can often give you a larger selection and better prices.
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