When approaching a home assembly project, you can use rugs as a relatively inexpensive means of improving or transforming a room. There are practical considerations about using rugs to your advantage and how you can get good value for your money. Buying contemporary rugs for one or more areas of your home can make a significant contribution to the beauty and comfort of your interior.
When you use rugs to decorate a room, it is very important to evaluate what you are trying to do. For example, two or more rugs can visually separate the different living areas in a room, while a single rug may attach multiple rooms into a spatial flow. In addition to deciding on the number and size of rugs you need, it is also very important to choose a rug or carpet that’s compatible with the other colors and patterns in the room. You also need to consider the quality of the rug and the potential traffic to which it will be subjected, so choose one that can be maintained for several years.
What are the advantages of using area rugs?
One benefit of decorating with rugs is that a rug can serve many different functions over time and will, therefore, give good value for money. A modern contemporary rug can be placed on the wall as a work of art, then move to the floor of the family room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, or even in the children’s room, and end their life on the floor of the basement. If you move to another house, you can take the rug with you. Rugs can also preserve the beauty and life of your hardwood floors when strategically placed in high traffic areas and can be used to hide the appearance of tiles, stone and concrete. Rugs also can be used to muffle the sound and add dramatic color tones to an otherwise bland room.
What are you trying to complete?
If you want a rug to be the focal point of a room, the color and patterns should be bold and also bright. If you select a contemporary area rug for a room with existing decor elements, you should choose colors and patterns that compliment those existing elements. You should also consider the rug pattern so you do not choose one that clashes against the other fabric patterns in the room. If neutral colors were chosen for walls, curtains, and furniture, you can use a rug to add a visual impact by choosing a strong, bright color pattern such as red or royal blue. In general, rugs should not have a busy design if the colors and patterns of the room already make it appear very busy.
What size do you need?
Choose a rug that is proportional to the floor in the room. If the rug is the focal point, there must be an equal amount of empty floor around it on all sides, even if the room is unevenly shaped or there is a fireplace that is projected into the room. If it does not, it should at least have an equal amount of exposed floor on two parallel sides of the rug. The rug should be large enough to unify the furniture, extending all or part of most of the items that are placed within it.
To help you decide what size of rug you need, use masking tape to mark the four corners of the area you plan to cover. If you still have trouble viewing the effect, you can cut pieces of paper to cover the area.
Why choose a contemporary style?
Contemporary rugs offer unlimited choices of colors and designs and they lessen the need to add many other decorative elements to a room. Contemporary rugs are both suitable for a modern home and can also create dramatic attractions in a more traditional home. You can buy affordable rugs on a limited budget if you buy carefully. Online sales and discount outlets can reduce the cost of adding one or more rugs to your home. Better quality rugs are generally easier to maintain and will last longer than their cheaper counterparts.
The price of a rug is closely related to the fiber from which it is created. Lana is the most expensive and durable fiber and is soft and easy to clean. Lana provides the standard by which all other fibers are judged. Cotton and jute are softer than wool, but they are not as durable. Jute does not fare well under prolonged exposure to moisture or sunlight. Sisal is strong and durable, as well as colorfast and also static free. Synthetic fibers include hard and durable acrylics; resistant, waterproof, cheap or olefin polypropylene paint; and durable, easy to clean nylon.
If the rugs you choose are made of luxurious wool or a cheaper synthetic fiber, they can add beauty to your house and comfort to your feet. Contemporary rugs are works of art for the floor, and when you choose them well, they can add a magical touch of decoration that you’ll be sure to love.