Rugs are a simple yet perfect way of decorating your floors and interiors. If you choose wisely, they can transform your home completely. Some of the things you want to consider when choosing your rug are the room size, room purpose, and the effect you want to produce. A rug can significantly improve or spoil the overall impression of your space. We will try to help you to choose the perfect rug for every room in your home.
General rules for buying a perfect rug for every room in your home:
- Consider the practical and then the decorative effect of the rug.
- A quality rug will probably last a long time, so look at it as a long-term investment for your home.
- Measure your space before deciding which dimensions are the best fit for each room. Do not eyeball it – ensure you have the precise measurements of available space for your future rug before buying one.
- Choose the rug color and pattern wisely and carefully. The larger the rug is, the more dominating the chosen color or pattern will be in the whole room. Always keep in mind the use of the rug and its surroundings. Even a small rug as decoration can make a big difference in the overall aesthetic.
- Different materials of rugs are good for different areas in the home. When choosing rug material, take into consideration all the factors such as: having pets or small children, how much time you have for maintenance, etc.
- Putting a nonslip rug pad underneath a new rug is highly advisable since it will keep it in place, ensuring the rug does not slide. This will also prolong its lifespan.
Different rugs for different areas
The bedroom rug should be a complementary decor to your quiet and peaceful haven. Everything in the bedroom, including the rug, should be conducive to sleep, good rest, and nice dreams. Having that in mind, it is best to choose bright or neutral colors, since dark colors in the bedroom can be a recipe for design failure. Brightening our home should always be our goal, and choosing the light color of the rug is one of the many ways to do it. When it comes to choosing materials, go with cotton, wool, or silk. As for size, a wall-to-wall rug makes the bedroom feel and look softer and quieter.
Living room rug
The living room is the perfect area to express your personality, creativity, and uniqueness. However, the rug should not be the dominant element in your living room. Instead, it should blend in perfectly as a part of the overall theme. If you have a beautiful floor made of wood or tile, it is better to skip a wall-to-wall rug. Wool is the perfect material for a living room rug since it is easier to clean than silk, cotton, or nylon.
In larger living rooms, you can try using multiple rugs if you want to accentuate different areas. It is unconventional, but it could seem modern and chic. Multiple rugs are good in open-concept spaces like lofts, as they can be used to separate a living area from the dining area, for example (in the absence of walls).
On the other hand, when it comes to tiny rooms, one big rug will expand the sense of usable space. Be sure that choosing the ideal big rug, in that case, will visually increase the space in your home.
Hallways, dining room, and kitchen rugs
In our hallways, dining rooms, and kitchens, there is usually more dirt and debris than in our living room or bedroom. For those areas, you should choose a hardwearing rug with a texture that is easy to clean. It is recommendable to choose a slightly darker color or a patterned rug for these areas since they will show fewer footprints in between two cleanings. Beware not to go too dark, or every little crumb and speck will be visible.
For the entryway of your home, choose a durable material, and bear in mind that the entryway rug immediately establishes the personality of your home.
The dining room rug is essential décor for family gatherings and shared meals. Wool is the most user-friendly material in this case since you cannot avoid dragging chairs across the dining area. Wool will withstand all activities in the dining room, and it will be easy for you to clean (food and wine spills, etc.).
If you invest in a cozy, comfortable, and soft rug for the bathroom, your bare feet will be very grateful. The ideal bathroom rug should be water absorbent. It will have a big impact on the overall aesthetic, so always strive to make the most out of your bathroom space. Colors that work best are bright and clean, fitting in with the sanitary aesthetic. It is easy to find cool and beautiful woven cotton bath mats that are washable in all washers.
Bonus tip: Bathroom rugs with a rubberized underside are much easier to maintain, do not get soaked during accidental spills, and do not slide around the floor.
Choosing the ideal material
There is a huge variety of rug materials, including plant-based fibers (cotton, linen, sisal, jute, etc.), natural fibers (wool, silk, mohair, etc.), and synthetic materials (nylon, solution-dyed acrylic). There are also nonwoven rugs made from stitched-together materials, like cowhide, bear hide, etc.
Each material offers a different look and feel, and they also range widely in prices. Consider their longevity and how easy they are to clean.
Rugs made from plant-based materials are affordable, and they have a casual look. Different fibers have different durability. Cotton and linen will not last long, while sisal can be more persistent.
One of the most popular materials for rugs is wool, with a wide range of looks, from thin and flat weaves to hairy shags. While wool may be more expensive than most plant-based materials, it is stain resistant and durable. Underfoot softness is the key benefit of wool.
Taking care of your rugs
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your rugs are necessary to keep them safe from dirt, dust, and pests. Special care for a rug is needed if you have to move it or store it for some time. And there is a right way to do it. You need to clean them thoroughly and aerate before moving. When packing them for a move or storage, roll them up with the front facing out and protect them with some padding. Then all that’s left is to tie it with a rope or string and wrap it in packing paper.
They make your home complete!
Our home just isn’t complete without a perfect rug for every room. With so many options to choose from, we hope that we made your choice at least a little bit easier.
Anne Atkinson works for All Seasons Movers. She is passionate about home interior and home decorations. Spending some quality time at home with family makes her happy and relaxed. Occasionally Anne writes blog articles about life hacks and home improvement.