How to choose the perfect rug for your living room.
Time has somewhat softened the function of the living room. It was once a place of formality, but only in the most traditional home, is the living room still used exclusively for guests.
Now, in the 21st century, the room is less about formality and more about comfortable living.
Comfortable living does not necessarily mean that “anything goes”. In most houses, the living room is often the largest room, and homeowners still, use their living room to showcase their decorating style and express who they are, their tastes and interests.
Where to start?
While deciding how to select the best decorating strategy for your living room, it’s useful to be cognizant of space and your budget. Rugs may not necessarily be the first thing to think about, but they should not be your last, either. In some cases, such as a large living room, it may be appropriate to allow the rug to take centre stage, thereby helping to set the mood and determine the colour scheme.
Antique rugs, because of the unusual colour combination, may be a useful starting place when seeking colour inspiration.
Custom-made rugs are also an option to consider when deciding on the colour and mood of your living room. As nearly anything can be created, custom rugs are flexible, can be fun (such as a sports rug ) and help with the selection of the rest of the living-room decor.
Once a colour or pattern is chosen, it can often lead to a design direction. If you have a large rug, think of it as the anchor point in your living room.
To help unify the space in your living room, select a rug size that will allow all the legs of your furniture to be placed on the fabric. The use of a smaller rug floating in the middle of a seating area may leave a perception of an unfinished space.
Measure the room area and subtract approximately 45 cm ( 18 inches ) from the edges; this will leave an appropriate amount of exposed floor as a border on all sides. Rugs generally come in standard sizes, so unless you’re having one custom-made, choose the one closest on size to your measurements.
The principle of balance should be uppermost in your mind when it comes to style, while also considering the 60-30-10 rule when it comes to colour.
For example, if your furniture has a lot of colour or is heavily patterned, select a neutral rug made of sisal or wool.
Conversely, if your furniture is of one colour or pattern, try a bolder patterned rug, or an oriental rug to instantly add elegance to your floors.
You may find it useful to consider the amount of light that your living room receives. Try darker shades in a room that is well-lit.
Complementary colours – colours next to each other in a colour wheel – can be used to create a modern and calm look.
Of course, be aware of the colour of the living-room furniture.
You can also select a rug that complements the secondary colour of a primary piece of furniture.
Do you have beautiful hardwood floors?
If you have hardwood floors, it would be a shame to cover them entirely. Use separate rugs to create islands of conversational intimacy.
The purpose of a rug is to help ground a room, but, at the same time, it should not hide the beauty of a fine wooden floor.
Rugs working in conjunction with furniture can create inviting and hospitable spaces.
What if there is carpeting already?
So you have an expanse of carpeting in your living room. It pulls the room together, but it’s a little, well, bland and boring.
Don’t worry. With the right rug, it can be easy to shift the colour scheme and change the room’s atmosphere.
Alternatively, if you’re not looking for anything too radical, the perfect rug can at least help integrate the room’s colour scheme.
Reproduction oriental rugs.
Quality, luxury, and timelessness … nothing dresses up the barest of rooms quite like an oriental rug.
All of Asia, from China to Turkey, including Iran, India, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal, fall under the term “oriental”.
The diversity of patterns is truly stunning and is beyond the scope of this article.
Not only are patterns associated with particular countries, but also regions and even tribes.
For some people, an antique is the only choice, but not everyone has the considerable budget to accommodate such a purchase.
This is where the reproduction oriental rug steps in.
Inspired by actual antique rugs and museum records, reproduction rugs offer almost no limits.
Talented traditional weavers and technology have combined to produce area rugs that offer with a sense of wear and mimic the fading that comes with age.
New rugs can masquerade as old, and, at the same time, the new fibres will wear well for decades. A treasure for future generations!
A rug as a tool?
It may be useful to think of a rug as a tool. Select a rug that will help calm a room that has furniture with busy upholstery.
If a room has a low-energy feel, the right rug can jazz it up.
If a living room is the space where you proudly display your unique furniture or works of art , choose a rug that will scale back some of the formality.
Some homeowners even swap out their rugs to reflect the changing seasons.
For example, the right type of rug in spring can indicate a more active and busier schedule, while a rug in the fall can signal a less-hectic life.
Remember your budget during your decorating projects. It’s easy to get carried away with art or furniture and end up with little money left over for the floor.
Don’t cheapen your expensive furniture with a cheap rug. A rug can make or break a room.
On the flip side, a quality rug, such as wool or silk, can carry less-than-ideal furnishings until your budget allows you to upgrade.
Remember, unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, a treasured expensive rug is an investment you can take with you.