Rugs – A Perfect Design Solution

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Style From the Ground Up

The color, size and texture of the rug you choose can tie a room together or define a space. Coordinate with furniture and window coverings to create a room that makes you feel at home every time you walk in the door.

Casual or elegant, large or small, area rugs are a perfect design solution. Group armchairs and a sofa on an area rug for intimate conversations, or place your furniture partly off the rug as a graceful transition from one part of the room to another.You can also change rugs to suit the season. Natural, light-colored fibers such as sisal and seagrass, complement warm weather and casual settings. For colder months or more formal rooms, richly-colored wool and chenille add sumptuous warmth.

 Colors & Uses

A rug anchors a room, and depending on its color and texture, it can make a bold statement or blend quietly. As the foundation on which your decor is based, the color and style of your rug should echo the mood and furnishings of your room.

Consider these factors when choosing a rug:

COLORS

• Dark, rich colors create a cozy feeling and help define a more intimate space.
• Lighter colors open up small spaces and, when coordinated with the wall colors, make a room appear larger.
• Rugs with yellow, orange or red add warmth to rooms with indirect light, while cool blues and greens help create a calm atmosphere in sunny rooms.

USES

• High-traffic areas, like family rooms and hallways, call for easy care, durable or reversible rugs.
• Homes with small children require easy-care rugs with a softer surface.
• A household with a cat that scratches or a dog that likes to chew should avoid rugs with a looped pile.

Materials

CHENILLE – Soft underfoot with a lustrous sheen, chenille is recommended for low-traffic areas such as the bedroom.
COTTON – With its smooth surface and soft finish, cotton is common in rag rugs and dhurries. Durable, easy-to-clean and affordable, it’s a good choice for children’s play areas and bedrooms.
WOOL – Soft and durable, wool is warm in winter and cool in summer. Its yarns can be tufted, looped, sheared or woven into a flat weave.Wool cleans well, making it ideal for most rooms, including dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms.
SISAL – A natural fiber derived from the agave cactus plant, sisal has a slightly coarse texture. Best suited for high-traffic areas, such as an entryway or hallway.
JUTE – A fiber from the fast-growing plant of the same name, jute is softer than sisal and has a smooth, flat texture.Works well in the family room, bedroom or den.
SEAGRASS – A natural grass that initially has a slight green cast and wears to a warm brown with age, seagrass is surprisingly smooth underfoot. It’s a good option for the bedroom, family room or den.
SYNTHETIC – A perfect solution for high-traffic areas indoors or out, a synthetic rug resembles a natural sisal rug but is actually woven of durable, water-repellent polypropylene.

Construction

The way a rug is made is just as important as the type of material from which it’s made.There are many types of constructions available, but here are some of our favorites:

FLAT-WEAVE – Created on a loom, a flat-weave rug has no pile, making it thin enough to fit under opening doors.The most common flat-weave rugs are kilims and dhurries:
• Kilims are handmade, reversible rugs woven on an intricate loom that allows for “slit weaving”, a technique in which a break in the weave accommodates color changes.
• Dhurries are rugs with many of the same characteristics as kilims, but are woven with thicker yarns and without slit breaks.
LOOPED – Looped rugs have a thick, cushiony pile created by heavy yarn or strips of fabric passed through the backing from back to front, then front to back, resulting in a loop.
GUN-TUFTED – An exceptionally soft floor covering, gun-tufted rugs are created by drawing the yarns through a heavy backing. This is the same technique as looped rugs, except they are sheared at the top to create individual strands for a dense pile.
HIGH-DENSITY – Using the same technique as gun-tufting, high-density rugs have more tufts per square foot, resulting in a more intricate design and softer rug underfoot.
HAND-KNOTTED – Made entirely by hand, this technique involves knotting the yarn one strand at a time to create a stylized design.This type of construction has the best longevity and will last much longer than others.
HOOKED – Hooked rugs have finer yarns and tighter construction allowing more intricate design work.The rug itself is a flatter and thinner making them a great for bedrooms, casual dining rooms and family rooms.

Choosing A Rug

The pattern of your rug is a key consideration. Remember these guidelines when making a selection:

• Patterned rugs work well with simpler furnishings; solid colored rugs complement more elaborate furnishings.
• Geometric patterns can bring a modern flair to a traditional room; floral patterns can soften lines and lend grace to simple furnishings.
• The scale of the pattern on your rug should balance with other patterns used throughout the room.

Rugs can also be used to define spaces. For example, placing a rug beneath a table and chairs is ideal for creating a smaller space within a larger area. Rugs can also unify the decor within a spacious room, providing transition to a surrounding area.

And remember, to give your home style from the ground up AND SAVE BIG in the process, be sure to check the rug inventory at Upscale Consignment first before you shop anywhere else!

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