As soon as the hint of Fall hits pumpkin spice is everywhere and in everything. But in our industry, we know it’s Fall when area rugs start coming in for out-of-storage cleaning and repair. Many designers and homeowners introduce or re-introduce area rugs to homes at this time of year, and for good reason. These rugs are not only practical for providing cushion and warmth over a hard surface floor, but they also provide artistic value to a room's design no matter what the type of flooring they grace. We’ll look at the number one biggest concern that homeowners face when choosing a rug—size.
When choosing a rug think of the floor as the frame for your artwork and that will help you to create a well-balanced space. When choosing a rug make sure to follow this rule of thumb: The area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. When you take into consideration the different uses, shapes and design preferences, however, other factors weigh in as well.
1. In transitional spaces or entrances that open to other rooms or a stairway the width should either match the door space or be a few inches.
2. If you use a round area rug in a large foyer, center it under the light fixture.
3. In a hallway, stretch the length to fill the space, leaving even space on both ends for balance. If you plan to place any furniture in the hallway, keep it off the rug.
4. For the home office, c a rug that completely fits both the desk and chair to create a warm space where you'll feel comfortable at work. For practical purposes, this prevents tripping or chair dragging over the edges of the carpet, which are the weakest part of the accessory.
5. For a living room be sure to choose a rug that extends beyond the coffee table and at least under the first set of legs on sofas or chairs.
6. Bold patterns (large flowers, abstract designs, lots of layers or color on a small rug can make the room look larger. But if you plan to place furniture on it, avoid covering up the design. Avoid medallions in the center. You want to be able to see the design from all angles.
7. In the dining room, designers suggest centering the furniture over the rug and choosing a rug that fits the shape of the table. If you have a round table, place a round area rug underneath.
8. In a bedroom, rugs are a great way to make the room feel more cozy by adding them alongside the bedroom furniture. You can also place one under the end of the bed, letting the rug extend into the room to pull a large space together.
9. The outdoor area, while often overlooked, can also be a great place for an area rug. Experiment with shapes and textures that mimic the outdoor space and to purchase textiles that are made for outdoor use.
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