An area rug is a great item to consider if you are planning on redecorating. Here are some great suggestions on how you can use area rugs to add style to your home while giving your floors extra protection.
If you have hardwood floors and are concerned about protecting them, then having area rugs is a great choice. You will not only get the protection, but you can create a different look quite quickly and with dramatic effect adding variety and style to your surroundings. They come in different makes, colors and styles, so it helps to take some time in making your choices as to which type would be best for your situation. Here are a few suggestions to consider before deciding.
One of the biggest advantages you will get with area rugs is the variety of shapes they come in. There are oval or round rugs, square and rectangular, and even some irregular shapes. Shape is of course going to be an important aspect in your choice as 1), the space you want covered will dictate the shape and 2), the type of effect you want to have may lead to a choice of either round or rectangular rugs.
So what shape should you go for and what size? The key here is not to overwhelm, so choose a size and shape that will both accentuate your surroundings and blend in nicely. Remember an area rug is not meant to serve as carpet or your complete flooring. Think small area but big impact. Square or rectangular objects tend to give more definition while round objects tend to add flow. So the easy question here is, do you want to maintain flow or add more definition. If you go for flow, be sure that the rug blends in nicely with the color scheme of the room. If you go for definition you may want to also go for some contrast in color with the rest of the surroundings.
Area rugs, like carpet, can soften the look and feel of your floors. However, the great thing about rugs is that you can quickly make changes that you could not make if you had carpets. Furthermore, they are a great way to keep sections of your floor warm in the winter if you have wood or tile floors.
Another aspect of area rugs to consider is pattern. No matter the color involved, patterns can make a big difference in the impact created. Again, think of the effect you want to create in terms of flow and definition. Some patterns will give flow, while others will give definition. Some patterns can be simple but very effective in impact, while other patterns can be a bit complex yet create less impact. So consider your overall objective here in choosing a particular pattern.
What about colors? Of course this aspect is subject to personal taste, but some ground rules also apply here. Earthy tones will tend to not jump out at you. Beige, brown, tan - these types of colors will tend to demonstrate strength but can come across as dull if not accentuated with brighter colors. If you are interested in big impact, then red, some shades of green, some shades of blue, and even black can get the job done. Of course these should be just dominant colors as by themselves only can be boring.
Of equal importance with shape, color and pattern, is type of material. Climate will be a determining factor here. Some materials do quite ok in dry and warm weather. Others not so well. Taste is always going to trump any other factor when it comes to material type but some level of practicality no matter what the taste involved should be applied. Some materials are more suited for wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Some will take more care such as wool rugs and chenille rugs. A good idea is to discuss this aspect with a professional given your particular situation.
Whether you are looking to add pizzazz or more practicality to your floors, inside or outside, area rugs can provide style, protection and variety to any area in your home. The most important thing you can do is know exactly what effect you want to create and what level of functionality you are looking for. You will be sure to find a type of area rug to match any combination of style and functionality.