by Belinda Albo, interior designer

An Area Rug is a great way to add the finishing touch to any room. In addition, area rugs have several practical benefits. They add warmth, intimacy, and reduce noise levels. They define a rooms boundaries, which helps to unify and complete a room.

WHAT SIZE?  Area rugs are available in various shapes and sizes. For a living room, the rug should be at least the same length and width as the furnishings. It looks best when both the front and back legs of the furnishings are on the carpet. Common area rug sizes for living rooms are 6’x 9’ and 8’ x 10’. For smaller rooms and bedrooms, 4’ x 6’ or 5’ x 7’ rugs work well.

Most dining tables will need at least an 8’ wide area rug. The chair legs should sit on top of the rug, even when someone is seated. An easy way to determine the rug size needed is to measure the width and
length of your table, then add a minimum of 3’ to each measurement.
STYLE   When choosing a rug style, think about the ambiance you are after. Is the room style: casual, traditional, or contemporary?
1 COUNTRY For Victorian, “old world” or English country themes consider an aubusson or faded oriental rug. Also, consider a tribal or nubby geometric for a Mexican country interior.

2 CONTEMPORARY High tech, urban streamlined rooms work well with the contrasting texture offered by a shag rug. Another alternative is a leather-bound sisal, or flat pile commercial rug.

3 ECLECTIC / GLOBAL Select a fun faux zebra, or leopard rug for a striking ethnic twist. Mix it in a traditional cream coloured setting for a unique spin.

4 TRADITIONAL Consider exploring Persian or Pakistani rug designs which have bold colours and elaborate designs.

FIBERS    Rugs are made of several different fibers that determine their appearance and performance. Natural fibers (like wool, cotton, or silk) are soft and come in low lustre colours. They are often hand-made, provide long term performance and often cost more. Synthetic fibers (such as nylon, polyester, or acrylic) are available in more brilliant colours. They are easy to maintain, and are an outstanding value.

Belinda Albo: interior designer and author is available for your home consultations.

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