5 Area Rug Shopping Tips for Homeowners

There are only two ways of choosing an area rug to complement a room – first or last.

You can either start with the rug as the centerpiece, and furnish the room around it, or you can add a rug to a fully decorated room as the crowning touch. Either way, you’re covered. We’ve got five area rug shopping tips that will make your purchase easier.

How much should you spend?

You should spend as much as you can on your area rug, even if you have to beg, steal and borrow the money. No kidding, interior designers even suggest that live on bare floors while you scrimp and save for a really high-quality rug.

As far as actual price tag, plan on spending at least as much on your area rug as you did on your sofa set. If your sofa is so old and beat-up that you don’t even remember how much you paid, figure what a brand new sofa would set you back, and set that as your minimum rug budget. If you can pad that with an additional 25 to 35 percent, you’ll thank yourself later.

What kind of materials are best?

Natural materials like wool and silk make the best rugs because of their durability and stately appearance. Did you know that a good quality wool rug will look better after a few years of exposure to light and foot traffic? That’s one of the best reasons to save up for an expensive piece – it will serve you like an old friend for many years to come.

If you go for a cheaper synthetic, or a sisal or jute rug, the adage “you get what you pay for” has never been truer. Cheap rugs are difficult to clean, and they to fall apart after a few years of normal wear. If you spill red wine on a cut-rate area rug, you’re going to have start moving furniture around to cover it.

What size rug do you need?

A good rule of thumb when choosing an area rug is to keep it at least two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. If you have a den measuring 10 feet by 12 feet, for example, shop for a rug that is 8 feet wide or less.

For your hallway rugs, make sure there is at least six to eight inches of floor showing on all side, and always leave clearance for doors that open into the room. A door should never pass over any part of an area rug, lest those who enter get an instant sense of clutter.

Should you choose a pattern or a solid color?

If you start with the area rug, i.e. you fall in love with a rug and must have it as the focal point of your room, by all means go wild with an ornate pattern and colors that pop from the floor. If choosing an area rug as a complement to an existing interior design scheme, try solid earth tones with very subtle geometric lines.

Where can you buy a high-quality area rug?

Firstly, you should shop with your eyes, not your wallet. Look around; see what looks good in high-end home fashion magazine layouts, in the movies and on TV.

Stay away from department stores because their staff has limited knowledge which they’re not very anxious to share. Look for a name brand seller like Nourison Industries, Inc., a trusted industry leader who can explain all the ins and outs of important factors like your family routine, your pets and the importance of underpadding.

If you choose a high-quality area rug and a respected rug dealer like Nourison, you cannot go wrong.

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