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Area Rugs | Choosing the Style that Suits Your Hardwood Floors
Area Rugs and Hardwood Floors Are Synonymous with Style-
Choosing the right area rug to suit your living space can be a difficult task! We will cover some basic sytle suggestions, what types of rugs are best suited for different areas of your home, and even teach you a bit of lingo so when you go to purchase your area rug, you can talk about it like a pro.
First things first, when selecting the perfect area rug, one of the most important aspects to consider is color.
When selecting an area rug for your room, one of the most important considerations is color. The color and pattern of your area rug can define the entire look and feel of your room. A good tip to follow when selecting a rug to compliment your current décor, is the 60-30-10 rule. 60% of your room should be the “dominant” color; or the color that occurs the most. This color should be the color that is on your walls, or is the color of the largest piece of furniture in the room like a sofa. 30% is your secondary color- this is where the color of your rug comes in! Finally, 10% of the color in your room should be reserved for accents. You will want to have each color represented on your area rug in order to tie a room together in the most aesthetically pleasing way. The accent of your room should mirror the accent of your area rug. Here is a good example of the 60-30-10 rule in action:
A major concern when selecting an area rug is the question of pattern. If your space is full of bold patterns- such as a sofa with a bold pattern, or curtains with bold patterns, then an area rug with a solid color will help to prevent the room from looking cluttered or too busy. Conversely- if your space has solid color walls, or has little pattern in the upholstery, then choosing a bright, bold pattern can really liven up your room! Just keep the color rules in mind!
Traditionally, to choose the size of the area rug, you should measure the seating area, and then choose the rug which is the next size up. For a more modern look, try using smaller rugs which fit in front of furniture legs .
Some people opt to fill the entire room with a rug. If this seems like the route you want to take, just remember to keep approximately 2ft of the bare floor exposed on all sides!
Dining Area: Measure the length and width of the table and choose a rug that’s at least 2 feet larger on all sides. This allows ample room for chairs to sit comfortably on the rug
Bedroom: You can make the bed a focal point of your bedroom by choosing an area rug that extends about 24 inches to each side of the bed. You can also use runners on either side of the bed to create a comfortable place to put your feet first thing in the morning!
The pile of your area rug depends on the amount of traffic the designated area gets. Low pile for high traffic areas, and high pile is better suited for spaces with less traffic. Don’t forget to rotate your rugs so that they don’t show wear patterns
Area rugs come in a few different shape options. Don’t confine yourself to traditional convention and only consider rectangle rugs! In some cases, round rugs are perfect for entry ways, or hallways. If your style is modern or contemporary, then a round rug can be a great accent to your living room.
This is so important! Some backings can damage finished wood floors. For example, popular olefin rugs often have woven backings that will scratch hardwood floors. If you’re not sure whether a backing will damage your floors, talk to the manufacturer or installer of your finished hardwood flooring.
In almost all cases, rug pads are a good idea, especially when the rug isn't being anchored down by a heavy piece of furniture. If you’re going to have an area rug over your hardwood flooring, then you need to select a backing material. In addition to keeping your hardwood floors safe, using good backing can also prevent slips and falls and will keep your rug looking fantastic.
Rug pads keep your rug properly positioned, preventing it from slipping. Rug pads also:
• Reduce wear and tear on the rug
• Help to absorb the impact of feet and noise
• Make vacuuming your rug easier
• Protect smooth-surface flooring, like hardwood and laminate, from being scratched by the back of the rug
For rugs placed over carpet, use carpet tape or a rug pad. When choosing a pad, look for thin polyester fabric coated with adhesive. This type of pad prevents dark rug color from bleeding through on a light carpet. A pad made from slightly heavier polyester scrim coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) holds a rug firmly on wood or other smooth-surfaced flooring and won't damage the surface.
Area Rugs: Learn the Jargon
Eliminate confusion from your shopping trip by learning a few key terms.
• Hand-Carved - Using hand shears, the weaver cuts a design into the rug. The carving gives the rug a unique look.
• Hand-Hooked - The weaver pushes a hooking tool through the foundation cloth to the front of the rug, then pulls the yarn to the back, leaving a loop on the surface.
• Hand-Knotted - Each knot is individually tied by hand. These knots are single strands of yarn that have been looped around two adjacent warp threads.
• Hand-Tufted - An inked-on foundation cloth is stretched over a loom. Then a manually operated hand-tufting gun pushes the yarn through the back of the cloth to form the pile. When the rug is taken off the loom, a scrim and layer of latex are placed on the back, and backcloth is then sewed onto the latex and scrim to protect your floors.
• Heat Set - This is a process polypropylene goes through to put a twist in the yarn. When the yarn is set with heat, it has a wool-like appearance.
• Jacquard - A design produced by a mechanized loom that has a belt of punched cards. The holes in the card are arranged to produce the weave of the rug.
• Line Count - One indicator of rug quality is the number of knots or stitches per square inch. The higher the count, the higher the quality. This number may be calculated differently, depending on materials used, assembly techniques and whether the rug is domestic or imported.
• Pile - This is the surface yarn that makes up the face of the rug.
• Stitches / Needle Count - The number of loops of yarn is known as the stitch or needle count. The higher the stitch or needle count, the denser the rug. Higher-density rugs last longer and wear better than more loosely woven constructions.
• Warp and Wefts - The warp yarn is the stationary thread on the loom. These fibers are the strongest part of the rug. They're intersected with wefts — the filling yarn that's woven though the warps.
• Wilton Loom - These rugs bear a close resemblance to hand-knotted rugs but are machine made. The pile is woven between two backings and then split down the middle so you get two separate rugs.