Floor Rugs as Decoration

Decorating one’s home can be both a fun and joyous experience. As many find, however, it can also quickly become a pain in the wallet as expenses for decorative pieces add up. While most people think of paint, curtains, new flooring, or furniture when thinking of ways to freshen up or change the look of a room, there is one small and relatively inexpensive article that can change the look or use of a room almost instantly: the area rug.

While decorative paint tricks, furniture placement techniques, and other decorating subjects are discussed in great depth in any decorating venue, area rugs are oftentimes looked over or assumed in use, leaving many unsure of just how to use them. Area rugs can be used to define a space within a room, pull together a look, or soften a hardwood or tile floor.

There are several things to think about before deciding on what sort of rug to use where:

• Are you using the rug on carpet or hard flooring? If you are putting the rug on wood or tile, you may want to keep in mind that rugs tend to slide. Fortunately, there are rug pads that can be put under the rug to prevent this from happening.

• What is the color scheme of the room? If you have very dark wood flooring, brown rugs will disappear, but a red rug may stand out too much. You may not wish to use a rug with a pattern if the room already has a lot of pattern. Rugs should accentuate your decorating, never overpower.

• Is the rug going to be in a high traffic, or messy area? Consider rugs that are made out of different materials. Bamboo and similar rugs are easier to clean, while rugs made from fibers like nylon, jute, and wool are softer to the touch but less durable

Regardless of the sort of fibers, area rugs are a classic and quick way to spruce up any room in any season.

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