Living in India, Rugs are probably the last thing that I would think to add in my decor. But, if you know me you know I am very fond of fabrics, and the way the uplift the interior to a whole another level. be it curtains, pillow cases, upholstery, throws, carpets or even rugs; knowing that we have never discussed rugs in detail, we are going to do it in this one.
So what are rugs? Aren’t rugs and carpets the same things? Do they really make a difference? If so, how? How to choose the best ones for my home? So many questions, right? No worries, we are going to go through all of these one by one, so let’s begin.
Rugs and carpets are basically just enlarged versions of floor-mats with altogether different purpose and thus different making and designing. Carpets are a functional piece of decor, mainly used to create another layer of flooring material and also to keep it warm; whereas rugs are more about the design and looks than the function. As both carpets and rugs have a basic characteristic of keeping the floor warm, these are not so commonly used in tropical or warmer countries. I believe skipping on carpets is totally justified, but why give up on such beautiful decor item like rugs. Even if you don’t prefer to lay them out all year round, having them for colder months or for special occasions is absolutely worth it.
Now that you have made up your mind to get one, lets see how to choose the best one to cater your needs.
Choosing the right color for your rugs is very important as this the something that will make all your decor items come together and blend well. ( there is a hack at the 10th point, check it out)
Three simple rules to select the correct shade are:
- Make sure it doesn’t match with the color of your flooring.
- If your decor is too matchy matchy, this is your chance to add some color; make sure the color has the same undertone. Like if you have cool toned grey walls, a shade of blue or teal green will work well, whereas if you have beige or yellow toned walls a maroon or brown rugs will be complimentary.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colors.
Rugs are available in a wide variety of materials, so choose what suits your style and taste. Here are some cool examples:
- Geometric Prints.
- Abstract Prints.
- Antique Print.
- Mix materials.
- 2 x 3 feet: Entrance lobby, at the foot of the bed.
- 2 x 10 feet: Hallway
- 3 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7 feet : Center of living room
- 6 x 9 : Under the bed, under four seater dining table
The most common material available in rugs are the chenille and polyester rugs which look like faux fur, they are very popular and durable too. Another very common type of rugs are the chenille and cotton rugs which look like velvet and have traditional Indian print on it as below
5. Wear and tear.
If you are using a rug that is to be used in a area where it will go through a lot of traffic (like in a living room/ entrance lobby), make sure you invest in a durable piece and withstand the same and last you for a really long time (rugs usually last for many years) a delicate and not so good quality will be just a waste and will start looking worn out very soon.
If you live in a humid climate, make sure you always keep the dry and clean, or else it will breed a lot of bacteria and fungus in it (and nobody wants it). Dust them everyday and wash them once a month, the way that is mentioned on the tag of the rug (always check the tag, and clean it the same way, as it differs from every rug to rug) Do this and you will be able to get the best from your rug.
7. Best spaces to place rugs.
As mentioned in the size section, rugs look absolutely beautiful in the following spaces:
- Entrance lobby
- Under the dining table
- Center of the living room
- In the hallway/ passage.
- Under the bed
- At the foot of the bed.
8. Weather conditions.
If its too cold in your zone layer it over carpets, don’t be scared of layering rugs, your carpets are usually one basic solid color, so a rug on top of it will be a great design element. If you live in a hot n humid climate like I do use it as a decor piece on special occations, they change the look of the room altogether. Don’t forget to use the hack given below.
9. Pets and children.
If you have children or pets use patterns or faux fur rugs to hide stains and some minor damage. Patterns make such stains less visible and thus making it more children and pet friendly. With faux fur rugs, it’s difficult to spot pet hair, and we all know pet hair on furniture and fabrics becomes a big problem, these help in keeping it at bay.
Use double sided tape under the rug to prevent it from moving around. It will adhere the rug to the ground seamlessly. Try it, it always works.
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