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Choosing the Perfect Area Rug

Choosing the Perfect Area Rug
28 April 2015

Whether you follow the tried-and-true decorating concept of “start with a rug” or you just select one to add colour and definition to an established décor, area rugs are the quintessential decorative accessory. From the elegance of a classic traditional to the luxury of a shaggy or the casual look of a natural jute, an area rug adds personality and warmth to a room. But with so many styles, coloirs and materials to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? It’s actually easier than you think. Here are a few ground rules to help you find the right area rug for your room. Style Sense Two of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a rug that you’ll love to live with are your lifestyle and your own personal style. For a rug that’s going to last, you’ll want to make sure it can hold up to your lifestyle. Are you placing your rug in a high-traffic area, such as a hallway or family room? Do you have young children or pets? If so, you’ll want to go with a rug that’s durable and easy to clean, like wool, a synthetic blend or seagrass. And keep in mind, a dark-colored patterned rug will hide stains or dirt in high-activity areas. Make sure any rug you’re considering ultimately complements your sense of style. You may not think so, but you really do know your style better than anyone else. So trust your instincts. Don’t talk yourself into a popular pattern or color if it’s really not you. You might love it today, but will you like it tomorrow? What size? Before you go shopping you’ll need to do a little homework, starting with measuring the area where you’ll be placing your rug. You might want to select a minimum and maximum optimal size to give you a wider selection of rugs to choose from. Below are a few general guidelines: In the family room, select a size that covers at least the length and width of your furniture. A 160 x 230 cm rug is a good size to cluster furniture around for an intimate area. To expand the space, select a larger size that outlines the perimeter of the area, such as a 200 x 300 cm. In the dining room, a rug should be large enough to allow space for chairs, even when pulled away from the table. Measure your table and add approximately 60 cm, or sit in one of your chairs yourself and measure the distance from the table. If you have a wood floor, try to have at least 40 to 60 cm of flooring around the perimeter of the room. Still not sure about the size? Here’s a trick we use from time to time: use painter’s tape to tape the area to the size of the rug you’re considering. This little trick can help you visualise how the size works with your furniture. Solids and colours and patterns! Oh, my! You’re almost ready to start rug shopping. First, take a quick inventory of your color scheme. To tie the look of the room together, you’ll want to select a rug that complements the two or three main colours in the room. If you go to a store, we suggest you take a throw pillow and a colour swatch of your drapes, furniture or wall colours with you. It’s incredibly hard to visualize how the colours will work together without any reference. Use these basics to get you started on your hunt: If your primary furniture, such as a sofa, is a solid colour, consider selecting a patterned rug. Match the secondary colour in a patterned rug to your sofa. Match the third rug colour to your pillows, drapes, wall colour or other accents in the room. If your primary furniture is upholstered in a pattern or is elaborate in design, a solid-coloured rug would work really well. Make sure a solid-coloured rug complements your sofa colour, and match it to the accent colours in the room, such as artwork or a vase. Since a rug serves to anchor the room, the colour and style of your rug can establish the mood. Dark, rich colours help define a more intimate space while lighter colours make a smaller space appear larger. Spicy hues such as yellow, orange or red add warmth while cool colours create calm, especially in a sunny room.

Indoor Uses For Outdoor Rug

Indoor Uses For Outdoor Rug
17 March 2015

Close your eyes and picture an outdoor rug. What do you see? Bright green astroturf, or perhaps a drenched and stained sisal? Not anymore. Outdoor rugs have come a long way. In fact, now they are so gorgeous it’s not uncommon to use them indoors. When you think about it, that’s a perfect application for outdoor rugs– especially in high-traffic areas, areas prone to spillage, or anywhere that might see moisture. Are there any cons to outdoor rugs? It depends on the rug. Some have a rougher feel due to the material, so if you’re shopping for them in store be sure to give it a touch test. Here are 7 favorite uses for outdoor rugs; rooms just begging for something beautiful yet durable. 1. Kitchen A kitchen rug softens the hardness of floor and offers a pop of color. Having a moisture-friendly rug in the kitchen is a definite bonus! 2. Bathroom Again, outdoor rugs deal well with moisture and the bathroom certainly is a place you’ll find it. 3. Kids’ Rooms Let’s not go into detail over what might make an outdoor rug perfect for a kids room; suffice it to say, they clean up nicely with a hose if it comes to that. 4. Entryway Most dirt is collected at your home’s entryway. Shoes, boots, pets, and leaves get caught at the area closest to your door. With an outdoor rug, it's easy to just hose it off. 5 and 6: Laundry Room and Dining Room Both deal with potential messes. A happy rug in either spot that handles spills is a plus! A few bold choices perfect for those spaces: 7. Decks and Patios What? Using an outdoor rug outdoors? Stranger things have happened. The right outdoor rug can create a totally livable outdoor space. Most Kiwi's spend December - March outside and thanks to our outdoor rugs we can go shoeless. And summers are all about being shoeless.