As beautiful as hardwood floors can be, adding a rug to a living room brings a new dimension in the form of a cosy finished look. Ideally, the front legs of all furniture should sit on the rug (preferably the front third of the furniture), with a border of about two feet around the perimeter of the room or seating area. If your furniture floats in the middle of the room, all four legs should sit on the rug.
Every rug that doesn’t have a built in rug pad or gripper should have one purchased with it, not only to keep it in place but to extend the life of the rug. Rug pads also add another layer of comfort.
Rugs should be chosen in a pattern and fibre that will complement the furnishings in the room, as well as stand up to room traffic. A neutral color is a good choice where furniture upholstery is patterned. Where furniture is solid, a pattern in a rug can add liveliness to a room. When choosing a pattern, it works well to select a rug with the furniture color as the secondary color in the rug.
Unless you’re buying a particularly trendy rug, buy the best rug you can afford. The quality of wool or silk will improve over time, whereas a cheaper synthetic rug may need to be replaced in only a few years or less. A good rug should cost at least as much as the sofa in a living room. If you don’t find a rug that makes your heart beat faster, then just buy a cheaper one until you find one you love as you may have it for years to come. And if you do own a beautiful rug, and temporarily move into a home with carpeting, hang the rug on the wall!
The natural fibres of grasses like bamboo, seagress, hemp, jute or sisal are strong and durable, and add a modern look to a home. Many come with a decorative cotton border. Rugs made of fibre extracted from these durable grasses are well suited for high traffic areas. These grass rugs are not stain resistent.
Cotton rugs come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and are durable.
Wool rugs are soft and resilient, retaining their pile under frequent foot traffic. They help prevent static electricity and resist dirt and moisture, a sort of self cleaning ability that keeps them looking good for a long time.
Dhurries and Kilims
Dhurries and kilims are a wool and cotton blend that are flat woven and usually reversible. They are durable, easy to clean and are typically in bright colors and graphic patterns.
Luxurious and soft, silk rugs are long lasting and add a classy elegance to a formal living room.
Natural fibre blends can incorporate the qualities of two forms of fibre to offer enhanced beauty and durability.
Nylon rugs are durable, standing up well to heavy traffic. They also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Olefin/Polypropylene is soft and wool-like, also stain resistant, and are light weight.
Viscose is a cheaper option offering much of the softness and luxurious feel of silk, and work well in a formal living room.