Oriental rugs can really pull your home décor together, showcasing your good taste and sharp eye for unique, colorful designs. An oriental rug can bring warmth, light, and harmony to any interior, and while there are no rigid rules to buying and placing oriental rugs, these few guidelines will help you choose an oriental rug that’s just perfect for any room in your home.
Tip #1 – Consider the Floor Arrangement
The floor plan and furniture arrangement can be some of the most important aspects that get overlooked when not only planning your room but planning your rug placement. Whether you choose a traditional layout, an open layout, or one that is completely unusual, one thing you must be careful about is ensuring that your furniture and floor plan will mesh seamlessly with the rug you choose. Take a few minutes to measure the space where you want your rug to go so it will be a perfect size.
Tip #2– Estimate the Room Traffic
How frequently will you use this room? Will it be high-traffic room that is visited often or a low-traffic, rarely used room? How much you walk on and use the room where the rug will be placed is an important factor in deciding what type of oriental rug you choose.
In high traffic areas, it is advisable to place more durable rugs in patterns that don’t show dirt as easily. That delicate, light-colored oriental rug is best placed in an area that has low-traffic. The rug you choose must be able to stand up to the traffic the room will have.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention to the Rug Color and Pattern
Much like the floor plan, color and pattern are important when purchasing your rug. Keep in mind what type of furniture, fabric, and draperies are in your room, as well as how much light the room will get. There is an unlimited number of colors, patterns, and rug fabrics to choose from. The key to making the right choice is to choose a rug that is harmonious with the furniture you love.
If you want to mix patterns, try starting with a neutral base, and keep in mind what else will be in the room. Keep neutral tones in rooms where you want to relax, and use more vibrant colors and bolder patterns for rooms with high energy and lots of activity.
Tip #4 – Use a Foundation
Just as your furniture is an investment, your new rug is too. High foot traffic, daily wear and tear, and cleaning can take a toll on a rug and the floor beneath it. Purchase a rug pad so that your rug is not only providing a cushion but is also protected from spills that may soak through and ruin not only the fibers but the flooring beneath. You should have your rug professionally cleaned at least once a year, and you should clean up any spills the best you can as soon as they happen.
Buying a rug for your home should not be overwhelming. With these 4 tips in mind, you can’t go wrong when buying an oriental rug for any room.