How Do You Choose the Right Floor Rug?

By on June 12, 2019
Floor Rug

An item as simple as a floor rug can easily make or break the look of a room. A well-placed rug can really tie a room together, while an ill-fitting one can distract viewers and detract from the aesthetic merits of the space. Choosing the right floor rugs can be a relatively small decision compared to shopping for furniture and lighting, but it can have as much of an impact.

How do you end up with the right floor rugs for the different rooms of your home? It’s all relative, actually. You need to have a clear understanding of the rooms where the rugs will be placed in and how they will fit in the design, mood, and function of that space. Here are some of the things you should do when shopping for a floor rug:

  • Review your floor plan. The dimensions of the right rug depend heavily on where it will be used. Take note of the total floor space in a room and the layout of the furniture. This should give you a clear idea of the spaces that need floor rugs, how big the rugs should be, and how they fit in the configuration of the room.
  • Consider the traffic the room gets. Another important consideration is the foot traffic the room gets. High-traffic areas need rugs that are made of sturdy materials, like polypropylene, sisal, and jute. Low-traffic areas, on the other hand, will be a great place for rugs made of more delicate materials, like viscose. The amount of foot traffic can also help you decide whether you want a low-pile or high-pile rugs. Low-pile rugs, or rugs with tighter loops and shorter fibres, are generally sturdier, cheaper, and easier to maintain than high-pile rugs. High-pile rugs, on the other hand, have looser and taller fibres and are favoured for their luxurious feel and the added warmth they bring to a room.
  • Choose a pattern and colour. The look, pattern, and colour of a rug matter a lot to the overall feel and design of a room. You need to get floor rugs that complement the design of the space and invoke the mood that you want. Rugs with neutral colours can make the other elements of the room pop out, while rugs that have a bright, colourful design can make neutral-coloured elements in the room stand out.
  • Decide on a fibre. There are a lot of different fibre options for rugs. Acrylic is cheap and easy to maintain and can serve as an alternative to wool, while polypropylene is durable and can be turned into flat or shaggy rugs. Cotton, on the other hand, is less durable than the two but is soft to the feel and touch, while wool is heat resistant and can add a classic feel to rooms with a fireplace. Again, think of the foot traffic in the room, as well as the texture and look you are going for when deciding on the fibre that the rug should be made of.

Even if you’ve chosen a hard-wearing rug, it’s still important to periodically clean the rug to keep it looking like new for a long time. This will allow you to preserve the look of your home as well as retain the comfort it brings to your family and visitors.

 

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How Do You Choose the Right Floor Rug?