A Guide to Buying the Perfect Rug for Your Home

If you are looking for a way to spice up your home décor, it may be time to buy a new rug. There are many different options when it comes to selecting the perfect carpeting for your space, so here is some helpful advice on how to do just that!

What will work best?

When deciding on a rug, it is important to take into account a few factors. In terms of size, you need to think about the purpose of the rug and how much space there will be in your home. If you are looking for an area rug, make sure that it fits nicely with the furniture around it so as not to look too cramped.

What do I need to consider when buying a new rug?

When purchasing a new carpeting for your space, think about the type of rug you need. As a general rule, an area rug is used to define space. A runner will cover part of a hallway while still displaying some personality statement. Pile rugs are best for living rooms because they are designed to trap dirt between the fibres of the pile.

Your new rug should match the room you are putting it in, so make sure to select a rug that will provide a great focal point for the area. Colour and texture are two important factors when deciding what rug to purchase. You may want a softer, fluffier texture if you have children and pets in the house. In addition, your room’s paint colours is an important consideration so that the new carpeting will not clash with any of the existing décor.

Practicality

If your home has hardwood floors rugs will help soften noise and offer protection from water damage. For rooms where there is high traffic created by children or pets, it is best to buy a rug with thicker fibres.

When purchasing rugs for rooms where pets spend a lot of time, such as the family room or living area, you may want to buy a rug with pet hair resistant fibres for easy maintenance.

Area dividing

If you have an open plan home, such as a loft or townhouse, it is best to invest in smaller rugs that will fit the size of specific areas.

In these homes it can be difficult to divide rooms with furniture and so using a rug for this purpose is efficient. Rugs are a great alternative to room dividers and curtains. They can bring colour to your area and make the space feel more defined.

Style

The style of your rug should depend on the style of your home. New homes currently show a trend towards clean lines and minimalist living so these styles are reflected in rugs available to buy.

Bright colours can be used to add personality, such as brighter blues for coastal or nautical themed rooms.

Scandinavian interiors are typically designed with muted, rich colours and materials so these will work well in a room that has this style.

Wallpapers are also an important consideration when thinking about the rug for your home. A patterned rug may not match well with wallpaper of large designs or one colour. Rugs can clash if they have too much contrast to the wallpaper.

If you have a patterned rug and wallpaper, it’s best to make sure that the patterns are complementary rather than contrasting or repeating in opposite directions.

A large room will need rugs with more coverage so consider buying an extra-large rug if this is your home layout.

Where to position

Positioning your rug in the right place is also important to think about. If your rug is in front of a door, it will need extra care as you’ll be walking on this area most often.

For a sitting area, it’s best if your rug is at least one foot from any furniture.

If your room gets a lot of sun, it’ll need to be rotated more often. Direct sunlight can fade the dye.

Illuminated lamps will make your rug look dirty quicker, so consider using a dimmer or shades for the lamp.

If you have pets like cats in your home, keep them away from these areas as they can’t resist making themselves comfortable on them!

Material

Rugs come in a wide range of colours, patterns and materials. You’ll want to choose a rug that suits your lifestyle so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

Woolis the natural choice if you’re looking for durability as well as less shedding than synthetic alternatives. This type of material also comes in an array of different textures – from super soft to wool with a slight sheen.

Synthetic materials are often the cheapest option and can be quite stylish, however they’re not as durable or easy to clean. The fibres of synthetic rugs tend to break down over time and may shed more than natural ones too.

If you want an eco-friendly rug for your home (or just feel better about your purchase) you’ll want to look for 100% wool or natural alternatives as well.

Leather rugs are a great option for anyone with allergies or asthma as they’re less likely to trigger reactions and can even be hypoallergenic.

Rug care

Looking after your rug is important to keep it looking new and clean!

Our advice is simple – vacuum your rug regularly with a soft brush attachment. You can also use the attachments for hard floor surfaces on carpets, they’re often wider & have two rows of bristles which make them perfect for getting rid of dirt from under foot quickly.

Regularly hoovering will also help to stop dust and dirt building up.

If your rug collects any stains – we recommend blotting them with white vinegar diluted with water (50/50) and then using a clean cloth to absorb the liquid.

If your rug has lots of stains or needs more extensive cleaning we recommend you take it to a professional as this will ensure that no damage is done during the process.

Once you’ve cleaned the whole surface, use another dry cloth on any damp patches before placing it back where you want.

Check the care instructions on the label and follow them to keep your rug looking its best for as long as possible. Never pull any loose threads or loops, just cut them with scissors.

Hopefully this rug buying guide has given you some helpful tips to make choosing the perfect rug for your home that little bit easier. If you have any other advice, drop them in the comments below!

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