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Picking A Rug For Your Home

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Choosing area rugs to suit your taste, no matter how eccentric or finicky it is, is a real breeze. The selections ranging from traditional to modern designs, subtle to loud colors, intricate to conspicuous patterns, handmade rugs to machine-made ones are vast. If we compare them to a place, area rugs are one big department store. Area rugs are sought-after and very popular choices as home decorations. They are not just mere floor coverings (though it is one of their useful purposes) but pieces that can magically enhance any living space.

There are several different styles and designs to choose from. While it is always best to choose based upon your personal preference, you may also want to consider other things, such as patterns and colors. There are area rugs that look good in just about any setting; however, there are others that would be more suited to a specific design and style quality.

The first thing to consider is size. Always measure the area before you go shopping for a new area rug. This will keep you from buying a beautiful masterpiece that you have fallen in love with, only to find it doesn’t quite fit. Taking a few moments to measure now will save you problems later on.

Think about the material or fabric you prefer. Do you want an area rug made of wool, bamboo, cotton or synthetic? Wool is the most common material, followed by cotton. The former though has stronger reliability in terms of durability, so it can withstand high traffic areas like your children’s playroom or the hallway. If you’re not a big fan of sheep’s hair, bamboo is an option. It is also a very sturdy material and best for long time use.

Now comes the fun part. You get to decide which style and design best suits the room and you. If you have a room full of beautiful antiques, consider a gorgeous Oriental area rug. A warm and comfortable family room would look best with a simple, homey design. An elegant dining room would look best with a beautiful, eccentric design. When measuring for a dining room, it is best to use your table as a guide and add 24 to 30 inches so your dinner guests can slide their chairs out and still keep the back legs on the rug.

It may be surprising to know that a printed, colorful area rug is more flexible than a solid-colored rug. The existing shades in a colorful rug match the colors found in the room. It may not be the exact same shade, but a version, may it be lighter or darker of a similar color can still have an impact on the over-all look.

Believe me, shopping for an area rug is never boring. With all the designs, colors, styles and fabrics, you’ll never get the same look repeatedly. Your room will always look brand new with every change of an area rug. Go ahead and fill your heart’s desires with the best area rugs in town!

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