The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a Rug

The process of buying a rug can certainly be intimidating! However, when you know the do’s and don’ts of buying rugs, shopping for one can be a lot of fun!

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DO your research. There a lot of factors that go into buying a rug, but it’s easier to become an expert on these factors than you may think. Before you make your final purchasing decision, you want to become familiar with things like price, texture, construction, and fiber. Knowing what each of these factors means for your rug will ensure that you buy exactly what you want and need.

DON’T be afraid to be bold. Area rugs are a great and simple way to bring life to your home. Consider colors and patterns that you don’t see anywhere else in your home. As long as they don’t clash with your existing style, colorful or patterned area rugs can really complete your home’s look.

DO listen to your instincts. This is your rug. It will be in your home. So, unsurprisingly, your opinion should be most important. Let your personal style and existing décor guide you.

DON’T hide your rug. You just put a lot of work into finding a great rug so show it off! If there are parts of your rug that you love don’t cover them with bulky furniture.

DO put a lot of thought into size. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing a rug is buying the wrong size. The size of your rug conveys the size of your room so getting the wrong area rug can make your room feel tiny and cramped or it can make your room appear too large, leaving it feeling empty.

DON’T forget about your existing décor. Most people understandably shop for a rug based on its appearance. But ultimately, you should select a rug that enhances or at least complements your interior space.

DO maintain your rugs. Vacuum your rug regularly and in the direction of the pile. Clean stains immediately and dry quickly with an absorbent white cloth. Get a professional cleaning regularly to keep your rug in its best shape.

DON’T settle. Take the time to find exactly what you are looking for because it is out there, and in the off chance that it isn’t, consider getting a custom rug.

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Area Rug

area_rug_1What’s your budget?

Rugs are an investment and it’s important to know what kind of investment you are able to make. When thinking about your budget it’s crucial that you understand what influences the price of an area rug. These factors include material, complexity of design, number of colors used, dying technique, knot count, and age and condition if it is an antique rug.

What are you going for?

On a room-by-room basis, determine the look you want to create on your budget. Think about why you are buying an area rug. Do you want it to minimize sound, comfort, or style? Answering these questions will help you decide what factors are most important to you while shopping.

How important is durability?

If you have children, pets, or your placing your area rug in a high traffic area, durability will be important. How well a carpet stands up to wear, and how tolerant it is to cleaning and maintenance, are important indicators of quality. Handmade rugs, especially ones made of wool are known for durability.

What size is right for you?

Typically, you want an area rug that is big enough to put the front legs of your furniture on the rug or one that is big enough to completely put your furniture on it. Choosing the right size is essential because a rug that is too small can make a room feel uninviting and a rug that is too big can make a room feel smaller. To get it right, try out different sizes with area rugs from other rooms in your home. You can even use paper or another material to make a fake, temporary rug to get a feel of the size you want.

Have you considered color and design?

The design personality and color of the rug selected will achieve the look you are going for.  Design determines the mood of the room. For example, formal rugs can anchor a room with a calming effect while fun patterns create a laid back atmosphere. Bold medallions make a dramatic statement while elegant fine lines have a pleasing effect. Colors also help achieve your desired look. Pure colors are more formal and elegant, while Abrash (the blending of two or more colors) creates a broader color pallet and can be easier to decorate with