Mistakes And Things To Avoid When Buying Area Rugs
Area rugs are a central part of interior design in most homes. They add comfort and order to many spaces. Plus, they are excellent tools for enhancing your décor. Unfortunately, many people are making all-too-common mistakes with their rugs. The following are common rug mistakes people tend to make and what you should be avoiding once you embark on your rug shopping quest.
What Are The Main Things To Avoid When Shopping For Rugs:
When buying rugs here are main points to avoid:
- Choosing the rug last – Finding rugs that you actually love to work in a space, especially if there are price constraints, will prove much harder than adapting the fabrics based on the rug.
- Not getting the correct size rug – While the rug’s size in a room is something that can be played with and tweaked, it may require much effort and time to adapt a “wrong” size rug to the room.
- Take your time and consider the options – if you are pressured or feel pressured then you should walk away. Buying or doing anything under duress is never wise.
- Try to avoid buying rugs while you are traveling.
- Choosing the Wrong Material – Naturally, the different materials used when making rugs will make them suitable for different settings. For example, generally speaking, very delicate silk rugs, especially if they are antique rugs, should not be placed in high foot traffic areas.
- If you happen to care about the environment then you definitely don’t want to buy synthetic rugs made from materials like polypropylene (olefin / polyolefin), nylon and polyester.
- If you want to get rugs that are relatively easy to clean and maintain then you should buy rugs made form natural materials only – avoid overdyed rugs and synthetic rugs such as viscose rugs.
- Don’t buy a rug solely based on its price:
- Not Spending Enough – Compromising and saving money are technically good things. But compromising too much will ensure you end up with a rug you simply do not like.
- Spending Too Much – We all want the best but when buying a rug, you want to get something that you will feel comfortable using and spiling on. You also do not want to spend so much that every time you look at it you get upset.
- Make sure to get a rug pad – This is important for many reasons but the most important one is that a pad will protect you from slipping and sliding.
A good way to avoid making most rug mistakes is by trying out the rug in the room first before your buy it. While there may be some added costs (such as shipping for example), most reputable rug merchants will allow you to try the rugs before you buy them.
Here are articles that we wrote to help you avoid making mistakes when buying your rugs:
How To Choose An Area Rug Color? | What Kind of Material is Best for a Rug? | How To Use Rugs To Add Color And Transform Your Home Decor | How To Position and Place Rugs in Rooms | What Are the Standard Sizes of Rugs? | How Do You Measure / Determine the Size of a Rug? | How Big Should a Rug be Relative to a Room? | What Kind of Area Rug is Best? | How To Maintain And Clean A Rug At Home | What You Need To Know When Buying a Rug Abroad While Traveling | Why Do You Need a Rug Pad? | How Much Should I Spend On A Rug?
You may also want to learn about the different types of area rug styles and types and what are different types of rugs called?
Some more information to help you avoid making rug mistakes
Why You Should Choose The Rug First
Many people try to match their rugs to their existing décor. This can be a huge mistake. In many rooms, the rug is the central piece that ties the room together. While some rugs are more neutral and some are bold, nearly all of them are (relatively) large.
If you have everything else in the room worked out before the rug, you may really struggle to find the perfect rug. While a throw pillow that isn’t a perfect match may not be a problem, a rug that clashes can ruin a room. Instead of waiting, choose the rug first. Follow it up with accents such as throw pillows. After that choose the window dressings.
This approach will ensure that the rug works perfectly with the rest of the room. Additionally, it gives you a chance to be more playful with your rug choice. Rather than choosing something neutral just so it doesn’t clash, you can opt for a rug that is bold and unique.
Why Does The Rug Size Matters
In many cases, a rug or carpet is used to create / define an area and set boundaries. Unfortunately, many people choose the wrong rug size for their spaces. This can detract from the sense of order for the area.
If you are choosing a rug for a seating area or similar subsection of a room, the conventional approach is to choose a rug that will fill the spaces so that the front legs of the furniture are on the rug and the back legs aren’t. Another increasingly popular approach is to choose an oversized rug that is slightly larger than the area so that furniture is completely on it. This works well with modern aesthetics.
When choosing a rug for a room, measure the size of the room and subtract two or three feet from each dimension. This will let the floor underneath create a beautiful border.
The biggest mistake is to choose a too-small rug. While an overly large rug can look out of place, it can also be worked into the right design. An overly small rug, on the other hand, will look awkward and cheap.
Having Only One Layer
Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a little boring when it is bare. Adding area rugs as you would for a hardwood floor is a great way to dress the space up. If the carpet is a neutral color, the possibilities are limitless. Similarly, you can layer two rugs on top of each other. A big rug over a smaller rug can define a subsection. Alternatively, two similar-sized rugs may be overlapped to create a more dynamic look.
Not Being Bold
Rugs come in a diverse variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. This provides an opportunity to be bold in your interior design. Since rugs are often such large and important parts of the décor, many people are hesitant to use them to their full potential. Instead, they opt for safe colors and boring but functional patterns.
Traditional advice has held that you should only have one bold pattern in a room. If your throw pillows are striking accents, for example, your rug should be more mellow. However, sometimes blending together several patterns can work. In fact, eclectic interior designs that celebrate the visual noise are growing more and more popular.
Certainly, using a bold pattern and/or color palette on your rug is not always easy. However, it can be a great chance for exploration and fun. Don’t hesitate to see what you can come up with.
Why Using Rug Tape Is A Big No-No
This is not a design-related error, but it is a big one nonetheless. Use a rug pad under your rugs, especially if they are premium quality. Rug tape will only leave residue on your floors and your rugs. It is often ineffective and more trouble than it is worth. Conversely, a good rug pad will make your rugs even more comfortable and enjoyable.
Finding the Right Rug for Your Home
Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, you can start shopping for rugs for your home. At Nazmiyal, we have a broad selection for any style, including antique, modern and vintage rugs. We also provide custom rug services. Our collection includes rugs for display and investment as well as rugs for typical floor coverings. Connect with our experts to help find the right piece for your needs. Start exploring our pieces today.