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So you’ve decided that you would like to buy a rug however, you don’t know what kind of rug works good for you and also the environment in which it is going to be placed, or maybe you know the sort of rug that you’d like but you’re having trouble selecting a design. The following is intended to be a practical guide to help you discover problems that you might or may not have taken into consideration when selecting a rug.Space and Environment
Space and environment are key issues to consider when it comes to choosing a rug, have you thought enough about the space that it will maintain and the effect the design you have chosen may have on that space?

It is likely that it continues to be considered but not fully considered. Rugs may either open a space up or create a space seem a lot cosier. Depending on the atmosphere, feel and look that you simply wish to create, there are many important elements to take into consideration. If you want to create the feeling of spaciousness then light colours and simple patterns are the way forward.

Light colours and simple designs can make an incredible sense of expansion and extremely open an area, however if you are looking to make a space cosier then rugs that have darker colours and much more ornate or dense patterns often are more effective. Featured right are two great rugs featuring ornate dense patterns for making that space seem more cosy. Most traditional rugs will lend themselves well to this job with their ornate dense patterns however there are also many modern rugs that will effectively create a space more cosy. Don’t limit you to ultimately just traditional whether it’s a modern rug that you would prefer.

Believe it or not dimensions are probably the most fundamental decisions to make when it comes to choosing your rug. The incorrect size can make a room look cluttered or far too small. Rugs often come in standard sizes:

Small rugs measuring approximately, three feet by five feet (90cm x 150cm) up to approximately four feet by six feet (120cm x 180cm)

Medium rugs measuring as much as approximately eight feet by five feet (240cm x 150cm)

Large rugs measuring up to approximately eleven feet (330cm) with anything larger classified as extra large.

Many rugs could be customized to the size that you require, this is often more costly and can take a long time but the results can be amazing as well as in the finish supply you with a rug that is the perfect size for the area required. If you see an area rug that you like and also you require it to made in a custom size then please view the size chart for your collection to see whether or not custom sizes are available, contact us by email or telephone us for any quote and much more information.

In general small rugs tend to highlight smaller furniture pieces say for instance a bed or a coffee table whilst larger rugs tend to be for dining rooms, lounge areas and other bigger spaces.

Should you prefer to opt for among the standard sizes of rugs but they’re not the actual size that you require it’s better to choose a standard size that’s slightly larger than the required size rather than select a size too short. Remember larger rugs is often tucked under furniture.

The best way to determine how big rug that you’ll require before putting in an order would be to construct some sheets of newspaper in the area that you would like to place your rug and to place it down with masking tape. When you’re pleased with the area that the newspaper fills you are able to record the measurements from the size that looks the very best. Also bare in your mind the area where you will be placing the rug, e.g. If you are placing rug with a door opening you want the rug so that you can go under the door without it causing a blockage. There is really nothing worse than buying an expensive rug only to discover that it obstructs entrances and exits to a room. One more thing to be aware of would be to make sure that a corner of a rug doesn’t stick out in to the middle of the door opening because they can often cause tripping hazards.

Where’s Your Room’s Main Focal Point? Furniture, Fireplace or Rug?
Discovering the focal point of your room to be can be quite important when it comes to choosing a rug. Rugs can highlight certain regions of an area, compliment existing focal areas in a room as well as become a focus themselves. They are extremely powerful design aids and may be utilized effectively to attract or detract attention to or from certain areas within a room.

Furniture like a Focal Point
If for instance the furnishings and surrounding décor within the room will be a focus, then it’s better to select a rug that is more subtle and subdued with little or no pattern or a rug that compliments the color of existing furniture. Soft colours and tones will work best for this with lots of plain rugs following your rules choices. In some instances two or more smaller rugs can work much better than one large rug.

Fireplace like a Focus
When the focal point of a room is really a fireplace it is usually best to choose a rug which has a subdued all-over pattern or perhaps a plain rug that compliments the surroundings in order that it doesn’t be a distraction.

Rug as a Focus
If the rug that you choose will be the focal point from the room, then it is better to select a rug that’s quite busy, bright or bold in design/colour, thus attracting attention to it and drawing attention from the furniture and surrounding décor. Rugs that are being points of interest perform best in rooms when the surrounding décor is neutral or soft in colour, thus developing a picture frame so to speak for that rug that becomes the artwork within that frame.
In general if two or more items occur to compete for any focal point it may unbalance a room and upset the atmosphere within it. This can be avoided with good planning and placement. As a rule of thumb it is often best to simply have one focal point inside a room, a rug can be busy or the surroundings could be busy. If everything in the room is busy it tends to create a very restless atmosphere.

Style, Texture and Colour
An area rug can definitely transform an area and may be used rather than redecorating in order to replace a classic carpet that appears worn. A rug may bring a brand new turn to a room or give it a good start. Whatever your rug is for, the one thing to remember is it must always compliment the style and colour pallette of the room. For example it wouldn’t be advised to place an attractive traditional style Persian rug by having an ornate design, inside a room that’s been designed to have a modern and contemporary nautical feel into it, whilst simultaneously it wouldn’t be advisable to place a Navajo rug inside a room that is attempting to create a Victorian look. Instead it might be advised to choose a rug that reminds you of the seascape for that nautical themed room along with a rug with a European floral design that compliments it for that latter.

Generally, in terms of style and colour pallette the rug that you simply choose should compliment the nearby décor or theme from the room otherwise it’ll look out of place and stand out just like a sore thumb.

In terms of colour, it’s advised in general to match up a specific favourite colour in the room for instance match the colour of the walls or perhaps your curtains. There is no need to try and match your rug to every colour in your room or vice versa. A great guideline is that if it’s a room filled with colours, select a neutral colour for your rug and if it is a very neutral room then select a bright coloured rug. Use solid modern colours to carry painted colour schemes all the way throughout the room. If you place a rug in a strategic section of an area that matches a certain wall or ceiling colour it may really set off a room making your design come together.

Textured rugs can add a particular depth for an otherwise flat room. Many shaggy and textured rugs can create depth where smooth walls meet smooth laminate flooring. They can break up the monotony of smoothness in a room, adding depth and interest, giving your living space body in addition to form.

Wool or Synthetic?
Regardless of what anybody says, all wool rugs shed. This is because they’re from a natural fibre source. Most wool rugs that are new will shed for some time due to the loose fibres however some wool rugs have been recognized to shed for months as well as longer. We have a wool rug within our sitting room that has been shedding for more than annually now. For some time we have been concerned that it is just going to disappear into nothing nevertheless it doesn’t shed half just as much now as whenever we first bought it also it still seems to look just like great. If a rug that does not shed has become a factor in the rug choosing decision then we would recommend that you do not choose wool.

So you may ask why people buy wool rugs if they shed. Well the solution to that is that wool is much more resilient, more durable than synthetic man made fibres and responds easier to coloured dyes, i.e. it absorbs and maintains dyes better. So that you can frequently obtain a wool rug that’s years old and still appears to be terrific once again whereas its synthetic counterpart look old and slightly faded. Wool can also be naturally resistant against water, fire and stains as well as being resistant to dust mites. This can be a great positive for anyone that has allergies because they do not get their allergy aggravated by dustmites. Also because wool is mainly resistant against fire (not entirely resistant if overexposed) and sparking it makes it a perfect option for a fireside rug.

Another major or otherwise so major factor depending upon whether you’re shopping on a budget or otherwise is price. Wool is far more expensive than acrylic / manufactured fibres due to its authenticity and sturdiness.

There really isn’t too much difference within the feel and look of some synthetic rugs nowadays. Actually synthetic fibres are that well-crafted now that we very often have to really look closely at acrylic so that you can tell it isn’t wool.

Wool is and in all likelihood will remain typically the most popular option for an area rug because of its traditional heritage and natural existence inside a mostly man made world. If you are planning to become putting your rug in an area that gets to be a high amount of traffic we’d need to recommend wool because of its durability and natural potential to deal with stains.

There isn’t any exact science to selecting an area rug and that we are all different in the sense that we all have different tastes and ideas by what will and won’t operate in a room. The above mentioned details are an extensive view of what is recognized to work and what is not, just like anything there’ll always be instances in which a rug contradicts the theories above, i.e. the best to the rules as they say but this is rare. We hope that you have found the data interesting and that it helps you narrow down the overwhelming selection of rug that you choose.