Make Your Room Look Bigger with Rugs and Carpeting

Area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting can make a small room look bigger. It’s a key home decor strategy when you can’t afford a larger space. Consider these tips if you want to create the perception of a roomier bedroom, office, or any other area in your home that feels a bit cramped.


Solid carpeting and neutral colors feel light and airy

Broadloom: Create Visual Continuity

Installing wall-to-wall broadloom makeS a room feel bigger by providing continuity. Floor surfaces that vary create visual stops and starts. By contrast, when a carpet extends from wall to wall, your eye seamlessly scans the space.


Area Rugs: Don’t Skimp on Size


A common decorating mistake is to purchase an area rug that is TOO small. It will actually make your room feel smaller. The exact size of rug that is optimal for your room will depend on several factors, including your furniture placement. If it’s not possible to place all of your furniture on top of the rug, position the front legs of larger pieces on the rug.

Color: Lighter Means Bigger

Using lighter tones throughout the space helps to visually expand the room. In addition, lighter colors reflect more sunlight (or artificial light) than darker colors, contributing to a more open feeling.

Pattern: Scale to Room Size

If you choose a patterned carpet or area rug, make sure the size of the pattern is scaled appropriately to the size of the room. The typical rule of thumb is larger patterns for larger rooms; exceptions, however, depend more on the amount of visible floor space. For example, a small room that does not have a lot of furniture can handle a larger pattern, while a large area that is crammed with furniture may require a smaller pattern.


How to Store Rugs in 5 Steps

Rolling up your rugs and shoving them in any old storage space will not adequately protect them. Stored rugs can deteriorate or attract pests without appropriate preparation. If you do not have time to have your rug cleaned professionally, follow these 5 storing steps so that your rugs will remain in peak condition.728px-1187658--1A

STEP 1. VACUUM: Vacuuming removes dirt, animal dander, flea eggs, dust mites and other potentially harmful substances. Use an appropriate setting to prevent damage to fabrics. If the rug should not be vacuumed, then beat it gently outdoors.


STEP 2. MOTH-PROOF: Call the manufacturer to determine what moth-proofing treatments work best for your particular rug. Do not automatically use the same methods you use for clothing, as fabrics respond differently.


STEP 3. DE-HUMIDIFY: Humidity can cause a rug to curl at the edges. Store the rug in the coolest, driest area of your home that tends to remain at an even temperature.


STEP 4. ROLL: If you fold it, crease lines may develop that are difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Tie up the roll gently using twine.


STEP 5. WRAP:  A canvas cloth, sheet or heavy-duty paper will do an excellent job of keeping off dust, cobwebs, and the like. Be careful when using plastic: if temperature changes impact the storage space, condensation may form.

If you have any questions or concerns about proper storage of your rug, please contact Dover Rug & Home at any of our three locations.