Things You Will Need
The first step is to determine the rugs function. Will it be the focal point of the room, be used to separate the room into different and distinct sections or simply serve a practical purpose such as protecting a wood staircase from traffic wear.
A rugs color should complement the rest of a rooms' dÃ©cor. The colors do not have to be a perfect match but the main color should be a close match. When you shop for a rug, take swatches of wallpaper, paint and upholstery fabric with you. Lighter rugs will make a room seem larger and brighter while a darker rug will make a room seem smaller and create a more intimate feeling.
The next step is to pick the shape of the rug. Rugs come in round, octagonal, half-circle and rectangular shapes. The room and function will determine for the most part the shape to be used. However, don't limit yourself. Octagonal rugs may work well in an entry way or foyer for example.
Next comes deciding on the size of the rug. This is best determined by how it will be used. Do you need a large rug or will several small rugs work just as well in the same room? Is the rug to be a hall or stair runner or going to be placed under a dinning table? The answer to these questions and others about the rugs use will help you decide on the appropriate size.
Area rugs can be a focal point themselves or simply serve a practical purpose such as protecting a wood or stone floor. They also help keep a room warm and can reduce noise levels.
Tips & Warnings
Rug pads help keep the rug from sliding and help prevent accidents while at the same time they reduce the wear and tear on the rug. In addition, they may help to protect hardwood floors from scratches.