Do you want to add a little flair to your floor? Perhaps your intent is simpler?you just want to cover up the distracting pattern of spots and spills on your carpet, compliments of your adorable 3-year old.
An area rug may be the answer. In addition to being a great way to accent your decor, area rugs have many practical benefits. They add warmth to a room, not only taking the chill off of cold floors but also creating a feeling of intimacy. They can also reduce the noise level in a room. Whatever your motivation, you can find an area rug to suit your needs.
Area rugs are versatile. They can be the focal point of a room, create cozy conversation areas, provide a splash of color or be a unifying element that ties colors together. Plus, they can quickly and easily give rooms character.
Decide what you want the focal point of the room to be. If you want the rug to serve as the focal point, think about choosing one with a central medallion. However, if there is another obvious focal point, such as a fireplace, you may want to use a rug with a more repetitive pattern and no medallion.
Take into account the patterns on the upholstery and walls in the room, so they don't compete with the rug. If you have upholstery or wallpaper with an ornate pattern, choose a subtler pattern for the area rug. If the walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern to add more interest to the room.
Notice how much traffic the area receives. In high traffic areas, selecting a rug with a detailed pattern may be more practical. The more pattern, the lower the maintenance.
Choose a rug with colors that coordinate with your decor. While all the colors in the rug don't have to match the colors in the room, at least one color should coordinate. Take swatches of wallpaper, paint or upholstery fabric with you when you shop.
Remember that lighter-colored rugs make the room seem more spacious and darker colors in the rug bring a cozy atmosphere to the room.