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Decorating with Area Rugs

By Michael Hilton

Integrating area rugs into your interior design strategy is among the most under utilized design principles, yet their inclusion usually becomes the focal point for any room setting. Area rugs have the capability of showcasing a color that you want to activate from other supporting design elements. Carefully planning your design pallet around several area rugs can accentuate or subdue specific colors in your room setting depending on your focus. Replacing an area rug with a substitute can activate subdued colors in your pallet and create the impression of a complete room make over.

In decorating with area rugs, they can be used as a means of stretching your decorating dollars using discount area rugs or they may be used as an extravagant centerpiece that may be used as a basis for your entire interior decorating scheme. Area rugs are extremely adaptable to a variety of decorating styles and they can serve many functions. They quickly become the focal point of any room design.

Changing the Look of a Room

Since area rugs may be moved from room-to-room, they can be rolled up, stored, and reused in a number of years, when you redecorate. They also may be simply substituted to change the whole look and feel of a room. Imagine, being able to change the decorating scheme of a room simply by changing an area rug. Since a beautiful area rug can become the focal point of your room, frequent visitors to your home will receive the impression that the entire room has been redecorated.

While carpet remains a central design element, area rugs can be used in conjunction with carpet or they be used on top of any flooring material. Since carpet is more permanent, most carpet buyers tend to use neutral or subtle tones, while your area rug may use a bold, colorful design that tempts the taste buds and excites the senses.

Area rugs may be used to enlarge a room or make a room seem cozier depending on size, shape, and color pattern. They are among the versatile design functions that can be used, whether you are on a tight decorating budget or have a yearning for extravagance.

In buying an area rug, first decide on the location (it's first location, anyway) and decide its function. Will it be a central design piece? A covering for cold hard surface flooring? A trap to limit soil from tracking into your home? A play area, so that children may lie on the floor and watch TV or play games? A wrestling area for dad and the boys? Each of these choices may affect the type of fiber or dye method used in the rug manufacture. For detailed information on carpet fibers and their performance factors review our carpet pile fibers section.

Next, area rug size. Area rug sizes vary from small bath mat size to room size area rugs. Keep in mind that for a large room you may choose to select several smaller rugs that complement one another. However, too many rugs may provide a feeling of clutter. Don't over do rug placement, but find an acceptable balance between a Spartan existence and a patchwork myriad of design.

A larger rug may be used in front of a sofa as a central design piece or it may be placed beneath furniture to accentuate a color you want to "draw out" of your furniture fabric design. They may be used underneath your dining table to draw attention to your 100 year old family dining heirloom. An oval rug can create an "island of design" that you may wish to highlight or segregate.

In designing with area rugs begin your design task by identifying an area rug that is pleasing to your taste. Since furniture, draperies, and wallpaper come in a variety of styles and colors, first choose a beautiful rug design and use this as the theme for your design palette. If you wish to develop a color palette that is adaptable to the season of the year, rugs can be used to highlight the colors of the season.

Rug Pattern

Rug pattern can influence the perceived visual size of your room. Solid colors tend to enlarge a space while patterned rugs have the tendency of created a smaller focal point. Be sure to review our section on the Psychology of Color to assist with color selection based on the emotional mood you wish to stimulate.

Did you know

Many Area Rugs are manufactured in the Dalton GA area and there are many area rug wholesalers in the Dalton, GA area who sell wholesale area rugs directly to consumers at substantially discounted area rug prices.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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