Renata Cattaneo. Area Rugs. November 06th , 2017.
There’s good reason area rugs should carpet a room. They’re practical, providing cushion, comfort and warmth over a concrete, tile or wood floor. But they also provide artistic value to a room’s design. Considered artwork for the floor, which acts as the frame, size does matter — and it’s often a big concern for the homeowner unsure of how to create that well-balanced space.
The key to getting a custom look from off-the-shelf area rugs is to combine several together, giving the appearance of a large, custom-sized version. While this project is easy to do, success depends on selecting the right materials - not just any area rug will work. Solids are easy to use; depending on the rug’s material, however, seams may appear prominent and detract from the intended illusion of one large solid piece. Textural rugs such as shag are often the best choice since the loose fibers of the shag hide the seams between each rug. Rugs with large-scale patterns make the most visual impact, especially since introducing a pattern into a cramped space can take focus off the lack of square footage and attract it to the bold pattern.
The black wool rug works best for high traffic areas like the living room, as wool is a great natural material that is tough and hard-wearing, yet remains very soft and comfortable for the feet. Wool is also a natural fiber which means that it is safer than synthetic materials. Did you know that wool is naturally flame resistant? This makes it a great rug to be placed in living rooms with fireplaces. A small errant spark that may accidentally land on your wool rug will burn itself out.
Another unique feature about wool rugs is that you can buy them in any size and shape. There are square wool rugs, circular rugs, as well as rugs that are more traditional shapes like rectangles. It is completely up to you as to what shape and size of wool area rug will best fit the room that you’d like it to be in. If you have a circular room, you may want to consider getting a circular-wool rug. If you want a rug to go under your feet while you are eating, you can get a smaller, more individual-style wool-rug.
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