Purchasing a rug can be a big commitment. But a quality rug or carpet should be viewed as an investment in your home, and you need to make sure you will be satisfied with your decision for a number of years. Thankfully, there are many ways to make the rug purchasing process a little easier. Follow these tips next time you buy a rug and you’ll be sure to make the right choice!
First, determine the mood you are trying to set for the room. Whether you want a calming environment or a loud and fun space, rugs can help establish the desired effect. Each rug has its own particular personality and specific design that can meet the needs of any room.
Next, decide what size rug you are looking for— the size, design, and layout of the room dictates what size is best. One important tip to keep in mind is that accent rugs and runners are easier to coordinate with the main rug than vice versa. So if possible, pick a main rug first and then find complimentary accent rugs after.
The type of rug you choose determines the price. There are different types of rug to consider – handmade, Flatweave or Knotted pile; hand tufted, or machine made, Axminster or Wilton. The price varies depending on the type of rug you select. Other factors that influence price include materials, complexity of design, number of colors used, dying technique, knot count, and age and condition of rug if antique.
Another aspect to consider is the intended function of the rug itself. Is the rug going to be a piece of art for your floor or is it just a temporary accessory? The rug’s purpose in your home will determine how large of an investment you should make. The use of the designated room and the amount of traffic it receives should also be taken into account.
No matter the type of rug you are shopping for, always remember to bring your own color swatches and fabrics from your home with you when browsing rug selections. If available, also bring wood stains, ceramic tiles, and counter top samples. Having these samples from your specific room will help guide your choices and make you a more confident shopper.
Hopefully these tips will make the rug purchasing experience much smoother and less stressful. As for buying the furniture—you’re on your own!
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