• Floor Rugs and Area Rugs

    Floor rugs and area rugs can become the perfect solution to add a new look to any room in your home. They're far easier to "install" than carpet and you can take them with you when you move. You can experiment with how they look in various locations before making a final decision.

    The most common use for a floor rug is to cover over a hard surface such as a wood floor. But that's not the only use such rugs can be put to. You can also put them over wall to wall carpet to create a focal point for a room. Put one under a coffee table or the dining room table for a framing effect. If your wall to wall carpet has seen better days, a floor rug can cover over the worn areas and breathe new life into your home.

    If you do have a hard floor, the advantage of a floor rug is obvious. It warms up the room-both literally and figuratively. Literally, on a cold day, hard floors can be quite chilly to walk across. A floor rug can take care of this problem, keeping your feet cozy and allowing you to wake up a little more gradually and humanely. But floor rugs can warm up a room figuratively as well. The tile or wood can look cold and bare. A rug with a warm color such as red and perhaps a pretty design can really make the room feel warmer and more alive.

    To determine where you might want a floor or area rug, survey the room or rooms you want to put them in. Are there worn or stained spots in the carpet? That would be a good place for a floor rug. Is there a particular section of a hard floor that gets walked across a lot? That would be another candidate. The space between the couch and the entertainment center, perhaps under the coffee table as mentioned, is another good space. And under the dining room table is another good location for a floor rug.

    Once you've determined where you want the rugs to go, measure the areas you have selected. This will give you an idea of the size of rugs you want to purchase. Remember that if you want the rug to go under the table, the rug should be larger than the table by at least a foot on each side. That way the legs of the table can rest comfortably on the rug. And the outer edges of the rug, which are often the most ornate, will be clearly visible.

    You should also look at the room where the rugs will go and consider the other decor. What are the dominant and accent colors? You will want rugs that coordinate with those. If the furniture or curtains or other decorations have ornate patterns, you may want to get plain-colored rugs. Otherwise, the room can look too busy. If you do choose patterned rugs, you'll want to make sure the patterns don't clash. On the other hand, if the furniture, windows, and walls are plain, an ornately decorated rug or two may be just the thing to spice up the room.

    Naturally, the rugs should also coordinate with each other if there are to be more than one in the same room. But that doesn't mean they have to be identical. You could get a red rug for under the coffee table and two blue rugs with the same design for under each end table.

    As a last concern, you may worry that a floor rug can slide and creep rather than staying in one place. This is true, even for rugs that are on carpet. A rug pad can keep this from happening. As an additional benefit, a rug pad protects the rug and absorbs noise such as vacuuming and footsteps.