How To Choose The Perfect Rug For Your Room

Creating the perfect room with a perfect rug

When it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your room, there are many factors that you would need to consider. Below Are just a few of the more important points that we feel you should keep in mind when considering which rug to buy.

Creating a visual appeal with the perfect rug for your room:

Many people use furniture or an area rug to define the layout of the room. But creating a visual impact goes beyond just size. Considering that good rugs are works of art in and of themselves. So with that in mind, its important to chose a rug that is a reflection of one’s self and not focus too much on what may “just look good” in the space.

So when it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your room’s interior design, one needs to make sure that it will exemplify their taste and sense of self as well as work in the practical way they want it to. After all, a beautiful rug is the soul of the room and one’s soul goes far beyond mere looks.

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Choosing The Perfect Rug For Your Room (Interior design By Thomas Jayne)

Positioning the perfect rug in your room:

When choosing a shape and size of a rug for the room, consider the size and shape of the room itself. For example, when taken at face value, square rugs tend to work best in square rooms just like rectangular rugs are great options for rectangular spaces. Funnily enough, round rugs can be placed in any space but they work best in rooms where the furniture (or even the room itself) is mostly rounded – such as in a under a round dining room table.

Please note that when it comes actual rug sizes, there is no set rule. We always urge people to find rugs they love and then work around the size. There are endless options for designing rooms around rugs. That said, finding a rug that you truly love and can afford might prove to be more difficult. Therefore we suggest that you don’t limit yourself too much when searching for rugs.

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New York Interior Magazine (Interior design by Kureck Jones)

The perfect materials for the perfect rug 

Rugs that are easy to keep clean or easy to cleandurable, woven out of natural fibers like wool or silk make for great looking and long lasting rugs.

Plant based fibers such as sisal or coir may make for good options in some areas. These are generally found in “less important” rooms that people are looking to simply and quickly cover a certain area.

*Sisal comes from the leaves of the sisal plant, a perennial desert succulent.

*Coir is made from a fibrous substance found in the space connecting the outer and internal shell of the coconut.

The sisal and coir carpets may not be the softest feeling or the most artistic, but they are easy to place, are pretty inexpensive and come in almost any size.

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The Perfect Rug For The Perfect Room (Interior by Coco Arnesen and Kate Draper)

Living safely with the perfect rug

If not installed correctly, area rugs may create tripping hazards. While, for the most part, using a pad under the rug may solve this issue, it is wise to choose area rugs with ends and corners that are as flat as possible.

For very thin rugs, such as flat woven kilims, make certain to install soft padding underneath. This will help “anchor” them to the floor as well as mitigating the feeling of the concrete or wooden floor underneath. In essence, the pad will add more cushion underfoot while protecting you from slipping.

Maintaining your perfect rug

For both small and large rugs, hiring a professional rug cleaner can eliminate the stress of rug maintenance and stain removal issues. We always suggest that rugs be professionally cleaned every few years. We also suggest that you rotate the rug at least once a year so that the rugs wears evenly.

At the end of the day, when choosing the perfect rug for your room keep in mind both the practical aspect of using it as well as offering a reflection of who you are.  As long as you go with your heart, you will probably make the right choice!

This rug blog about Choosing The Perfect Rug For Your Room was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City.

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