8 Tips to Demystifying the Art of Selecting Area Rugs
How much “area” should they REALLY cover? What’s the best material? How much negative space?
HONOR YOUR SPACE!
The FUNCTION of a room always overrides the esthetic.
With sofas and chairs in your living space LEAVE AT LEAST 12-18” FROM THE WALL, so you feel that sense of an island. Otherwise, if it takes up the whole room, you are doing wall-to-wall carpeting!
RULE OF THUMB – For dining areas, leave 3’ from the edge of the table so your chairs have enough space to pull out without falling o the area rug.
MATERIAL MATTERS — what’s the fiber? Some people are allergic to wool and may want to consider cotton, jute or man-made fibers.
PILE HEIGHT – thicker generally means cushier, great for seating areas where the kids sit on the floor, but not for dining areas where the chair legs will drag.
HI TRAFFIC AREAS (mudroom/foyer/kitchen) you may want to consider indoor/outdoor carpets because a lot of times they are man-made fibers and more stain resistant, and durable.
If you know you want a plush feel, the HIGHER THE KNOTS PER SQ INCH or knot count, which can be seen on the underside, indicates a better quality rug. Rugs with fewer knots may be pretty but will often pill and endlessly shed.
OUTDOOR RUGS made of acrylic and polypropylene hold up REALLY well, and can be hauled outside to hose or whatever mess happens.