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How to Use Area Rugs for Both Function and Beauty

By Edited Sep 16, 2016 3 4

Oriental Rug
Choosing the right area rug for an area can go along way in unifying the elements of a room. They can be a focal point in themselves or simply serve a practical purpose such as protecting a wood or stone floor. Area rugs help keep a room warm and can reduce noise levels. They can also be used to unify a room or create separate spaces within the same room. Rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Persian carpets and Oriental rugs are typically found in traditional settings but other types of contemporary rugs can work just as well. Country kitchen favorites include hooked rugs, rag rugs and painted canvas floor cloths. A contemporary white sisals, chenille or rug made from any other material will work well in a more modern setting.

Things You Will Need


Step 1

Carpet runner 1

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.

Step 2

Solid colored are rug

A rugs color should complement the rest of a rooms' décor. 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.

Step 3

Braided Oval Rug

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.

Step 4

Carpet runner 2

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.



Feb 15, 2010 12:16pm
Great info for design and function of area rugs. Tx for sharing your wisdom.
Mar 5, 2010 5:50am
Very good info on rugs and also good point about rug pads. It used to frustrate me how a mat would walk across the floor. Thanks for that
Mar 17, 2010 10:16am
I like to buy washable rugs. My dogs always lay on any rug and it makes for easy cleaning.
Mar 21, 2010 10:03am
Area rugs are so nice to have. It's good to know how to choose them. I learned from this well done article that they reduce noise levels of which I'm always pleased about.
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