5 Basic Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Rug

Rugs are important elements in a room’s decor. They make a room come to life, bring the look together, and function as the base for the palette, patterns, and tones for the rest of the room. 

If you’re furnishing a room for the first time and would like to add a rug to your decor or give a personal touch to a rented home, keep these tips in mind to help you find the best round rugs for your space.

Leaving floors or carpets bare
Carpets are similar to hardwood floors in the sense that they benefit from the depth and visual interest that a rug brings. Bare carpets or hardwood floors often lack a focal point or a unifying element that brings all the furniture and decoration together.
An area rug is an easy way to achieve this and bring more style and interest to the room.

Neglecting the rug
If you’re decorating a room from scratch, think of the rug as the base of the look. Use it to inform and inspire your furniture and decoration regarding color, patterns, textures and arrangement of the elements in the room. Once you have the rug, it’s easier for the other items to come together.
However, you might not have this option if you’re buying a new rug for an already furnished space. This might make finding the right rug a lot harder because it has to complement all the other elements, from furniture to throw cushions to curtains.

Getting the wrong size
Getting a rug that’s too small or too large is one of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a rug. Many times, people end up choosing smaller rugs and find that it’s not the appropriate size for a larger room such as a living room. The purpose of a rug is to unite different areas within a room in self-contained units that serve a purpose. A rug that is too small to contain the furniture in a particular area will make the room look small and disorganized. For example, an area rug in a living room should be big enough to fit at least the front legs of furniture such as sofas and chairs, as well as leaving enough space to move around within the area. The same principle applies to rugs in other areas. A good rule of thumb for bedroom rugs is that they should be large enough to fit the bed and cover at least two feet beyond the edge of the bed. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to stand on your rug comfortably when you get out of bed.

Making everything match
A mix of patterns, depths, and colors is what makes a space unique, fun, and exciting.  If all the elements in your room look the same, it becomes bland and unappealing. An area rug can provide much-needed contrast and character to a room that lacks variety, and it can help bring other elements into the decor without clashing.

Not using rug pads
Depending on the size and placement of your area rug, furniture might not be enough to keep it in place or prevent the edges from wrinkling and curling up. In this case, you should look into buying rug pads. You might want to avoid rug tape on some types of floors. For example, the tape may damage hardwood floors by leaving sticky residues on them.

An area rug might seem like an unassuming, humble element of the decor, but it is, in fact, the basis for the rest of the style. Neglecting this important piece of decoration might make it more difficult for you to come up with a unified, solid look, and if you leave it out entirely your design might not look put together. Fortunately, as you can see, you can take appropriate steps to make sure you choose the best possible carpet for your style.

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