How an Easy Care Area Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
An easy care area rug can highlight your room’s decor by reinforcing their style, connecting to their color scheme, and setting the same tone. When you look for opportunities to connect your rug to the rest of the decor, your decor won’t fade into the background. Instead, the rug will serve to highlight the decor and vice-versa as each element in the room will be an important part of the overarching design.
Decorating With an Easy Care Area Rug
Decorating with an easy care rug means taking the rug’s material and pile height into consideration. Certain materials like jute, wool, and sisal are popular for rugs, but each requires a different level of maintenance. Wool is quite easy to clean as it naturally repels stains. Jute and sisal are also easy to maintain, since the natural fibers tend to be durable and resistant to dirt and moisture. When choosing a rug, be sure to look at the material and any special care it may require.
Choosing Which Easy Care Area Rug is Right for You
As you shop for the easy care rug that’s right for you, it’s important to think through some important topics to help you determine what you want and need.
Position: Early on, it’s important to decide where you want the rug and how it will overlap with furniture/fixtures. These general ideas will serve to get you started.
Living Room: Easy care rugs are often centered with the main seating area of the living room. In these situations, the rug can rest in front of the seats, under their front legs, or further beneath the chairs. An easy care rug can also be used elsewhere in the room to set up a smaller social area or reading nook. Be sure to have the rug and furniture overlap in these situations so that the area feels connected.
Dining Room: The most practical, common layout for dining room rugs is to set the rug directly beneath the table. Leave between one and two feet of extra rug on each side and end of the table so that the chairs comfortably rest on the rug whether they’re pushed in or pulled out.
Bedroom: If your bed is the main focal point of the room, then you can add to that focal point by placing a rug beneath the bed. Typically, rugs go all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. Similar to the living room, you can use a smaller rug elsewhere in the room to establish a separate area for reading, putting on shoes, or some other purpose.
Kitchen: Easy to care for area rugs work well in front of kitchen sinks, stoves, or anywhere else you tend to be stationary. 2x3 and 3x5 rugs are ideal for those scenarios, or you can use a runner rug to cover the same area and create a path.
Bathroom: Bathrooms will use similar sized rugs to kitchens. Runners can help connect a double vanity, establish a path, or serve as a welcome into a grand bathroom. 2x3 rugs can also be used by sinks, tubs, or showers.
Outdoors: Many easy care rugs are made for outdoor spaces as well. In fact, outdoor rugs can be used indoors as well and tend to be very durable since they’re made to stand up to the elements. For layout ideas, look back at similar indoor spaces.
Size/Shape: After the layout is set, it is time to finalize the size and shape of the rug. Both of these aspects depend on the size of the room and how much you want it to overlap with the furniture. Easy care rugs are available in rectangular, round, runner, and other shapes. Size-wise, they range from the small 2x3 and 3x5 sizes all the way up to large area rugs and stair runners. Look at your room’s size and layout to determine what size/shape rug will be visually balanced in that space.
Pattern: Easy care rugs come in all sorts of designs, so whether you’re looking for a traditional Oriental rug or a modern abstract one, you can find an easy care rug that fits your aesthetic. To help narrow your search, choose the general style you’re going for and look at your existing decor for similar imagery.
Color: Color is another factor that can connect to the other decor and furniture. Neutral tones like black, white, grey, and beige are great go-tos, but there are plenty of other options to fit into your existing color scheme or add a pop of color. Consider the colors that exist in your room and how the rug’s color palette will reinforce that scheme.
Frequently Asked Questions about Easy Care Rugs
What to look for in an easy care rug?
There are a few things to consider when looking for an easy care rug. The first is whether or not the rug is machine washable. If it is, that's a big bonus, since it will make keeping it clean a breeze. Second, you'll want to choose a rug made from a synthetic fiber like polypropylene or olefin. These fibers are naturally resistant to staining and fading, so they won't require as much regular cleaning as rugs made from other materials. Finally, look for a rug with a low pile height. This will make it less likely to pick up dirt and dust, and also means you can vacuum it more easily.
What kind of rugs are easy to maintain?
You'll want to find a rug made from a synthetic fiber, such as nylon, polypropylene or olefin. These fibers are stain resistant and will not fade in the sun. Additionally, most synthetic rugs can be machine washed and dried, making them very easy to care for.
What color hides the most dirt?
Dark brown hides the most dirt because it is a darker color. It is also a good color to use for hiding dirt because it is a natural color.
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