You know how, sometimes, when you’re standing in the cereal aisle at the grocery store, looking at, like, 400 different varieties of corn flakes and shredded wheat, you can start to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available? You just stand there, reading nutrition label after nutrition label, paralyzed by indecision, until you finally decide to go with whatever you usually get – Cheerios, maybe, or Rice Krispies. (Mmmm…this is making us hungry!)
Well, the same thing can happen when you’re trying to choose a new area rug for a specific room in your house. There are so many different rug materials, so many different weaving techniques, so many different designs and patterns and colors… How on earth are you supposed to make up your mind? How do you know which one is the best choice for your bedroom, or your living room, or your entry hall?
Rugs USA to the rescue! In today’s blog, we’ll provide you with the nutrition labels for each type of area rug out there, and even break the whole decision-making process down for you into each of its individual steps.
First Things First
Before you even start browsing through our site for your new rug, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself.
First of all, which kinds of area rugs do you love? Contemporary patterns? Lush shag rugs? Rich oriental designs?
Next, where will this area rug be? Bedroom or dining room? High-traffic area or low-traffic area? Exposed to moisture or sunlight or in a more sheltered spot?
And finally, what level of care are you willing to put into your area rug? Are you prepared to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis, or would you rather be able to clean it yourself with a few simple passes of the vacuum?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you’ve got a good starting point from which to begin your rug search.
Now, it’s simply a matter of narrowing down your choices. Keeping your answers to the above questions in mind, find the area rug materials, designs, and construction techniques that fit your plan below.
High-traffic areas such as living rooms, entryways, and dining rooms – areas where foot traffic is heavy and spills are likely – require tougher materials, such as wool, viscose, polyester, or polypropylene, which are more resistant to the wear and tear of children, pets, and visitors, and even to moisture and sunlight. Patterns and colors for these spaces should be darker and busier, too, to minimize the appearance of the dirt that will accumulate more quickly here than in other areas. Weaves should generally be low-pile, and not hand-hooked or otherwise delicate, in order to avoid damage to the rug. Area rugs made from these materials and with these weaving techniques are also easier to care for.
Low-traffic areas such as bedrooms or formal living rooms can provide safe havens for area rugs that need a little more special attention. Materials such as cotton, silk, leather, or jute thrive in these quieter environments, as do gorgeous, lush Flokati shag rugs or intricately hand-hooked wool rugs. These rugs do need extra care, but the rewards are tremendous, as rugs like these are works of art that can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Lighter colors and simpler patterns can retain their clean, bright appearance in these rooms, as well.
Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices to a manageable number of options, you can start your rug search with confidence! Have fun looking – and let us know what you chose, and why you chose it, once you’ve made your decision! We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.