Choosing the Right Rug

Posted on June 14 2019

Choosing the Right Rug
1. Floor Plan
Choose a layout and measure for your rug based on the space you’d like to fill. Here are some popular layouts that work for most spaces.



2. Material
How much traffic and use does the room get? Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.
    • Wool: soft, long-lasting and resilient, wool is a premium choice that naturally repels stains and can be cleaned easily.
    • Nylon: Durable, affordable and shed-resistant, nylon is great for hard-wearing areas like entrance halls and playrooms.
    • Natural: Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

    3. Construction
    Along with the type of material, the way the rug is made also determines the durability of the rug.
      • Shag: Deep, thick pile that feels great under bare feet in a bedroom or living room but can be tough to keep clean in a dining room. Expect some shedding the first few months.
      • Tufted: Tufted rugs can be looped, or the loops can be cut to create a plush, thick pile. They’re a good, durable choice for almost anywhere.
      • Hand-knotted: Intricately crafted by an artisan who hand-knots each piece of yarn on a loom. This is how traditional Persian or Oriental rugs are made and is more labor-intensive and durable.
      • Flatweave: Very durable and often reversible. They’re a good choice for dining rooms, hallways, and high-traffic areas.

      Pattern
      What color is your furniture? If your bed’s got a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.
        • Neutral rug: forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.
        • Patterned rug: Great for solid color furniture and you want a pop of color. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.
        • Monochromatic rug: complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

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