Bring color into your living room

Are you at cross-roads on how to choose area rugs for your living room? Well, it is only natural if you are. After all, the living room, when compared to other rooms in the home, is the most important since that is where the families usually gather at the end of each working day to relieve their experiences for the day, relax and watch television programs with the rest of the family members. This same room is also used for entertaining guests upon arrival to your home. This means that on daily basis, this part of the house experiences a high level of traffic and this makes it necessary to make it as comfortable as possible for both family members and visitors alike.


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Now on how to choose area rugs for your living room, it would interest you to know that wall-to-wall carpeting for living rooms is fast becoming obsolete. The in-thing now is the use of area rugs, especially when it comes to the living room. They are known to be more practical and at the same time, beautiful but only, if you choose and use them appropriately. Check out the following tips.

  • Size: This is the area people mostly make mistake when it comes to choosing the right area rug for their living rooms. Most persons tend to settle for area rugs that are just too small for their space. The standard size or measurements for your rugs are 6'x9', 8'x10' and 9'x12'. If however, you need something larger, you can opt for customized rug which are usually not expensive, especially considering the type you want. Whatever the case, keep it at the back of your mind that you should have between 4” and 8” of bare floor space round every corner of your chosen area rug.
  • Texture: This is another tip that comes in handy when it comes to how to choose area rugs for your living room. Prior to buying your rug, you should decide the texture you want. If you need a rug that has soft feeling and adds warmth to the living room, then wool is the texture to go for. If you need rugs that are a bit rough, then you should go for those made from natural materials like jute and sisal. Silk is another material for soft rugs but it comes more expensive and easily absorbs stains and dirt.
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Patterns and colors: Have you decided on the pattern and color you want for your rug? If you are yet to do so, I will give you a little help here. If your living room comes with neutral walls and furniture, you can liven up the room by making a choice of patterned rugs so that you can bring in the colors that are lacking in the furniture and the walls. If however, you already have colorful furniture and walls, you can settle for an area rug with solid color to calm the room. If you wish to have patterned and colorful rugs in a living room that already has colorful furniture and walls, make sure you settle for one that pulls in all the colors together instead of turning your living room into a visually cluttered room. Patterns and colors should be used, just make sure they don't over power your room visually.

Whether you are moving into a new home or trying to spruce up your existing one, adding an area rug shouldn't be a challenge. Use these helpful tips to transform your room with color and texture. While choosing an area rug could look like a daunting task, now you have ideas to guide you and make your living room more inviting and welcoming.