Carpets play a key role in decoration. Their versatility makes them the perfect ally for decorators and interior designers to transform rooms and provide the warmth, light, spaciousness, color or sobriety they need. Among them, a geometric colorful rug is the best.
How to decorate rugs correctly is not an easy task. Do not get carried away only by its appearance and ask yourself these questions before deciding on one or the other:
- What effect do I want to achieve with the perfect rug? Do I want to create a feeling of comfort in the bedroom, spaciousness and light in the living room, and sobriety in the office…? The correct choice of material and color will be your great ally to achieve your goal.
- What measurements should you have? This question is key because a rug with the wrong measurements can completely spoil your style. We recommend that you mark the exact place where you want to place your rug with masking tape to take the measurements correctly. At Rolls we are specialists in the manufacture of custom-made rugs, so we can adapt to the dimensions you need.
- Is it going to be in a busy area? Do I want it to be easy to clean and highly resistant, or do I prefer the feeling of warmth and exclusivity, even if cleaning is more delicate? Depending on the material you choose you will get one result or another.
Next, we review all the details that you must take into account to choose the perfect rug:
What to consider when choosing a rug?
1. Is The fabric, synthetic or natural?:
There are various materials with which rugs are made, but to simplify, we are going to classify them into two: natural or synthetic fibers.
Within the natural fibers, the wool rugs stand out for their durability and sensation of comfort and warmth. Its cleaning is somewhat more delicate, so we would recommend it for an area where you are not going to enter
frequently with outdoor shoes, such as in a bedroom, dressing room or living room.
The decoration with jute and sisal rugs, so fashionable, are another of the natural materials that we recommend for areas with medium-low traffic since they are more delicate to clean and maintain and cannot be exposed to areas with humidity.
On the other hand, there are synthetic rugs, made of polypropylene, nylon or polyester. These types of carpets are more resistant and easy to clean. It seems to us the most appropriate option to place in the dining room, living room, entrance and above all as an outdoor rug.
2. Choose rugs based on size and location:
Calculating the correct rug size and knowing where to place it are undoubtedly two of the most essential points to obtain a score of 10 when choosing a rug. And when in doubt, better to stay long than short.
2.1 Choosing rugs for the living room:
Ideally, the sofa, armchairs and other auxiliary elements should remain on the carpet and should not protrude more than 10 cm on each side.
2.2 Carpet under the dining room table:
If you want to put a rug under the dining room table, the most important thing is that when a diner sits on the chair, the legs remain within the perimeter of the rug. The most common is to leave about 55-75 cm on each side and, therefore, we recommend ordering a rug that is 1.50 m longer and wider than the table.
2.3 Choosing bedroom rugs:
You have three options depending on your preferences:
If you want a rug at the foot of the bed – The rug should be slightly wider than the bed. Calculate a minimum depth to the carpet of between 50 and 80 cm, depending on the space available at the foot of the bed.
If you want two rugs on the sides of the bed – The rug can be aligned with the end of the bed or along the length of the bed. Leave a minimum width of 50 cm depending on the space you have next to the bed. Remember that a smaller rug may be better suited to a narrower visible border.
If you want the rug under the bed – If you have enough space around the bed, you can add a rug that extends to the edges of any furniture around the bed. We recommend that it protrudes between 50 and 80 cm around the perimeter of the bed.
2.4 Carpets in the corridor:
The most common mistake is usually choosing a rug that is too narrow. We recommend leaving a maximum distance of 10 cm from perimeter walls or existing permanent elements. You can consult our section on carpets for stairs and corridors to see all the models that we have available.
2.5 Carpets on terraces:
Many times the terrace or porch is one of the areas of the house that receives less attention, but with a little care, you can turn it around and create a real space to share or relax. The recommendations regarding size would be the same as in the case of the dining room, but it is very important that they are suitable for outdoor use.
As you can see, in this porch in the previous image, we have chosen to put 2 rugs together instead of one large one and in our opinion, the result has also been very good.
3. Geometric-colored rugs? Bright or neutral colors? Which to choose?
The most common thing is that, when we go to choose the rug, we already have chosen the base decoration of the house. The color of the walls and the floor, the fabrics of the sofas, the curtains…. What should we look at to choose the color?
The first thing is to think about what effect we want it to cause in the room. The rugs are the perfect complement to provide light or warmth, depending on what you are looking for.
In a bedroom, where what we want is to relax, choose a rug in cold tones, such as medium blue, green or lilac, which make the environment more relaxing.
In the children’s study room, choose stimulating colors, such as red, orange, or yellow. It is proven that they are colors that favor creativity.
In the living room, which is usually an area with many decorative elements, look at the walls and the floor. If the floor is a dark tone, without a doubt opts for a rug in light or beige tones, you will gain light. If, on the other hand, the floor is of a light color, you can gain strength by putting on a geometric colorful or dark rug.
On the part of the walls, it is very simple. The smooth and little overloaded walls can afford any type of carpet: colored, patterned, high-pile, low. If, on the other hand, your walls are not smooth and/or have many paintings or photos hanging on them, we recommend opting for a smooth and not very striking rug.