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Welcome to things you need to know when shopping for an area rug. I recently purchased a new area rug for our living room, and I must admit that it was a difficult decision. It isn’t easy to know where to begin with all the varied materials, textures, patterns, and colors available. It took some time, but I eventually found a rug that I love and that complements our living room perfectly. So I thought I would share a few pointers on how to choose the right area rug with you today.
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How to determine the appropriate area rug size
Choosing the “proper” rug size is determined by the overall look you want to achieve. Do you want all your furniture to sit completely on the rug, making it a much more prominent feature? Do you want only the front legs of your furniture to sit on the rug, making it a much less prominent feature?
In my search for a new living room area rug. I felt like I needed all of my furniture to be able to sit on the rug itself. So I measured the length and width of my existing furniture to determine the bare minimum. In addition, I wanted the rug to be a focal point in this large space. So I increased the width of my measurement to make the rug’s edge more prominent.
While our outdoor patio rug is oriented between the furniture, it makes a smaller statement in the overall space than it does in the indoor space.
If you are unsure of what size rug to purchase, I recommend THIS GUIDE. The guide illustrates all the different options for furniture placement on a rug. It also shows how they differ in appearance.
How to select the right area rug color and pattern
I believe this is the most difficult aspect of rug shopping. The color of the rug in my living room has changed several times over the years, and each one has created a completely different look. A light-colored rug will create a very different look in a room than a warm or dark-colored rug.
When deciding on the color of your rug. Consider whether you want to lighten up your space, add color, or perhaps make a bold statement.
Consider, for example, how the patterned, rug shown above brings a sense of light and brightness to my living room. This blends in with the linen-colored armchairs. It also creates a very neutral palette. This allows for the addition of different accent colors depending on the season and occasion.
The dark blue patterned rug above, on the other hand, creates a much warmer look. In addition, the use of multiple colors throughout the pattern of this rug makes it simple to incorporate seasonal accents into the design.
Finding the right color or pattern for an area rug can be a difficult task. But, having an end goal in mind (for example, to brighten or warm a room) will help you narrow down your options and get you started in the right direction.
What you need to know when buying area rugs online
I have to admit that purchasing rugs online is not something I enjoy doing. Whenever I purchase something, I am concerned that the color will appear different from what I see on my computer screen. Numerous online stores offer free delivery, but they also require you to pay restocking fees. This can be quite expensive if you purchase a large rug. A returnable sample is obtainable from some vendors, and it is a great way to see a rug “in person” before making a final decision. When shopping for rugs online, make sure to look for a rug sample.
One solution I’ve discovered is to purchase a much smaller rug as a “sample” to see the color and pattern before making a final decision. I can then return the smaller rug once I’ve made my final decision.
Many rugs are available in 2’x3′ sizes, which I have found to be an excellent size for seeing the color and pattern. Although, there may still be a small return shipping charge. I think it is well worth it to pay for the assurance that I will receive the color and pattern that I desire in the first place. It’s also less expensive than returning a full-sized rug, which can be quite costly.
Suppose you are not comfortable purchasing and returning a smaller size rug in the color or pattern you are considering. Another option is to conduct an “image search” on Google to get a more rounded view of it.
I’ve been taken aback by the difference in color representation between different websites. This frequently influences my decision-making process. While there is no foolproof way to guarantee you will like a rug once it is delivered. I believe that using a combination of these two techniques will help you make the best possible decision.
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Rugs can make a big statement in a room’s decor. I hope this article has given you some ideas on how to select the best rug for your home. Thanks for reading things you need to know when shopping for an area rug. A few online stores that I have used and would recommend are listed below.