How to Choose An Area Rug for Living Room
Published at Tuesday, May 09th 2017, 23:51:09 PM by Mintul. Living
How can we choose the right area rug? What size should we choose? And what colors will work best? Well, these are some of the common questions I encounter when dealing with choosing area rug. Floor coverings are the big part of any space design, but it can also be a dramatic part of the budget. Let us discuss the sizes and then talk about the styles and materials.
Consider the Size for Living Rooms
You should take a good measure at where the legs of the furniture sets. At least, I would want the front legs of the furniture pieces in the seating area to be placed on the area rug. Ideally, I want to have the back legs on the area rug when possible, to help unify the whole living room. It is the pet peeve of mine when I spot a carpet which floats in the middle of a living room with just the cocktail table set on it. It just does not appear “done” to my eyes.
Now that we deal with the nitty-gritty of the size dilemma solved, let us move onto the fun part and discuss the style and pattern. This does not include any math or particular answers since the design is not only about the math, it is oftentimes all about creating balance. For a living room, it is a good idea to bring in something patterned. Since living space can be dominated with wooden chairs and table, the pattern will give the space more interest and can conceal any food stains.
When you are shopping for an area rug, you need to wear shoes which you can slip off easily since you want to be sure that it feels fine on your bare feet. The sales staff should not mind if you inquire the carpet’s foot feel. In the living room, it is going to be related to balance. If the pieces of furniture are upholstered with some heavy pattern, I may start looking at a certain piece which has the subtle pattern or solid tone. if the pieces of furniture are already upholstered in solid tone, I would otherwise use a patterned rug to add more interest.
Choose the Right Material
Now for fibers, the essential thing to take into account is how hard you are going to be on the rug. I myself almost always suggest using full wool since I find it to be the easiest to maintain and clean compared to any other kinds of an area rug. Viscose and silk are great and give the living space a marvelous bit of shimmering look, yet if you have small kids or pets, it will get little tricky to keep it appear fresh. I do love using sisal in various projects, but I always let my clients figure out that it will need to be replaced once it appears to wear. Most of the time, I always keep lots of samples and style numbers on my computer so that we can easily re-order as required.