A Complete Area Rugs Buying Guide

Since antiquity people have protected the floors of their caves with floor coverings such as animal skins and basketry techniques, but a great deal has changed since then. Even though animal-print area rugs can still be found in today’s homes, there are many more options and today’s area rugs play more than just a utilitarian role. Nothing else compares to them, looks like them, or performs like them. They act as sound insulators, thus enhancing the peace and serenity in your home. They cushion your feet with coziness and protect against the cold. As well as being a practical form of floor coverings, area rugs are often pleasing to the eye and when you walk on some you are literally walking on art. Then there are fabric options, from natural fibers such as wool to synthetic materials like polypropylene. You can even choose different shapes and if you can imagine any color, you can probably have that color on your rug. So what is the ideal area rug for you? Here are some tips that will make your decision easier.

Choose the Right Size


Orange Area Rug


An area rug has to be defined by proportion and scale to the size of the room. There has to be balance. The most eye-catching rooms are the ones where there is balance. Therefore, the first thing you should do is measure your chosen room. The bigger area rugs (6′ x 8′ and above) are ideally suited to complement larger furniture collections like a living room set or a dining room set, while the smaller area rugs (smaller than 6′ x 8′) are ideal as accent pieces. The smaller accent rugs will give you a chance to fine-tune your preferred style and are a great way to draw attention to a particular feature like a chaise or an accent chair. Just make sure that the groupings of furniture don’t overlap those bigger area rugs make sure that the furniture edges don’t hang off to the side. You want the area rug to fill almost the entire room but leave about 10 inches of the floor bare, thus making the room appear larger and enhancing the appearance of your room.

Choose the Right Color


Red Area Rug


Area rugs are one of the most appealing design elements you can introduce into a room. When decorating a room, choose the style and color of the area rug first. Then choose the furniture upholstery to match that same style and color. In other words, start from the bottom up. The area rug should be the basis for the interior design of a room. Keep being consistent with the chosen color throughout the rest of the room in order to maintain equilibrium, thus making the room appear larger. Keep in mind that lighter colors will also make your room appear larger. The deeper colors, on the other hand, give coziness to a room. Colorful, contemporary area rugs from FOW should be balanced with chic furniture instead of ornate furniture. Use traditional area rugs for the more ornate furniture.

Choose the Material


Tan Area Rug


The material of the area rug is generally dictated by how the room will be used. If you anticipate heavy foot traffic in a certain area of the home, you don’t want the finest and most expensive area rug to belong there. The best choice for heavy foot traffic is wool since it resists every day wear and tear better than synthetics and is the ideal choice for families with kids. Also, wool is relatively easier to care for. Wool offers deep, rich color tones because the color dyes completely penetrate the fibers. Try to choose handmade rugs instead of the machine-made ones. They may be a bit pricier but they will last longer.

Use Multiple Area Rugs


Multiple Area Rugs


A single area rug can pull the room together by coordinating fabrics on the furniture upholstery, drapes, etc. In a much larger room you can use more than one area rug to separate the room and add interest. You can match the larger area rug with a runner or a much smaller rug. Just make sure that all the area rugs have patterns and color that compliment one another, but should be dissimilar enough to create spatial partition.