Durable rugs can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing an existing color scheme, setting the proper tone, and connecting everything thematically. For example, if your rug uses similar shapes, motifs, or imagery to the other decor, then the room will feel consistent and masterfully designed.
Decorating With a Durable Rugs
From the get-go, there are many advantages to decorating with durable rugs. While durable rugs may still need cleaning and light care, you can use them in areas where you’re concerned about high foot traffic, kids, and pets with assurance of the rug’s ability to stand up to the challenges of everyday life.
Choosing Which Durable Rugs is Right for You
Durable area rugs are available in every style imaginable, so finding your best durable rug may seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, if you consider these key areas, you can narrow your search and find the rug that’s right for you.
Position: Early on, you should decide on the room’s layout and where you’d like your rug. Each room is unique, but these general layout ideas will get you started.
Living Room: Durable rugs are often centered within the main seating area. You can set the rug in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath the chairs.
Dining Room: Rugs are commonly set directly beneath the table. When you set a durable area rug under the table, leave between one and two feet on each side/end so the chairs always sit on the rug.
Bedroom: If your bed is the main focal point of the room, center the rug beneath the bed to further accent it. Depending on the size of the room and your preferences, the rug can rest all the way beneath the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed.
Kitchens: Kitchen rugs may be used to fill the entire room or smaller 2x3 and 3x5 rugs can add comfort in front of sinks and stoves. Alternatively, runner rugs are common in narrow kitchens, kitchens with an island, or along a well-traveled line of cabinets.
Entryway: 2x3 and 3x5 durable area rugs are great options for doormats, but larger rugs or runners can fill entryways well and dramatically impact the room’s tone.
Outdoors: Durable rugs are available as outdoor rugs as well so that your deck, patio, or porch can have extra comfort, style, and longevity. For layout ideas, refer back to similar indoor spaces.
Size/Shape: Once the layout is set, you can finalize the size and shape of the rug. Durable rugs are available in small sizes like 2x3 and 3x5, but they are available in popular larger sizes like 5x7, 8x10, 9x12, and so on. As for shape, durable area rugs can be rectangular, round, square, and many other shapes.
Pattern: Durable rugs are available in every style, so when you’re looking at patterns, focus on the style of your room and what patterns will help further the room’s tone. Oriental and Persian prints are ideal for elevating a space, and geometric prints range anyway from youthful and fun to sleek and sophisticated. Ultimately, your rug’s pattern should fit the room’s tone and possibly have similar shapes/imagery to the other decor.
Color: Your rug’s color palette should also tie into the rest of the room through similar hues and tone. Neutral color palettes that use black, white, grey, and beige are popular, but other colors work well in a variety of styles as well. When choosing a color, consider the tone you want to establish and how the colors connect to your existing color palette.
Frequently Asked Questions about Durable Rugs
Are there any specific features you look for in a durable rug?
Rug durability is often determined by the material used to make the rug. Natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and jute are all known for their durability, while synthetic materials such as nylon and acrylic are not. Another key factor in rug durability is how the rug is made. Handmade rugs tend to be more durable than machine-made rugs, because they are less likely to snag or pull. Additionally, a handmade rug will typically last longer than a machine-made rug of the same quality because it is made with more care. When choosing a durable rug, it's also important to consider where the rug will be placed.
Can you machine wash a durable rug?
Yes, you can machine wash a durable rug. However, always check the care instructions on the rug first. Generally speaking of rugs, we recommend that you use a mild detergent and cold water to clean the rug. You should also avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals when cleaning your rug. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the rug is completely dry before putting it back in use.
When should you consider purchasing a durable rug?
A durable rug should be considered when there is a high amount of traffic in the area where it will be placed. For example, if you have a lot of guests and/or children, a durable rug is ideal to help prevent wear and tear. Additionally, if you have pets, it's important to invest in a rug that can withstand their claws and paws.
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