Whether a rug is commercial or handmade, using one is a great way to dress up bare or unattractive floors without installing a carpet or new flooring. They soften the “hard” look and feel of stone or ceramic tile. Rugs also are a great way to introduce additional color and texture in a room.
Rugs have practical advantages, too! They reduce noise levels, keep dirt at the door, and soften the wear and tear on hard floors, stairway treads, and carpet.
If you are using an area rug on existing flooring, here are some tips for the size and placement of the rug:
- To create more contrast between the flooring and the area rug, the first step you take into a room should be on the flooring, with subsequent steps taken on the area rug.
- In a room such as a living room or family room, if the furniture is arranged near the center of the room, you should place all legs of the furniture on the area rug. If furniture is arranged around the edges of the room’s perimeter, place the front legs of the furniture pieces on the rug.
- In a dining room, all chair and table legs should be on the area rug even when a chair is pulled away from the table.
Refer to section 13.0, Home is Where the Hutch Is!, for information about furniture placement that will help you determine the best size for your rug!
Natural rugs, sometimes referred to as matting, are the third category of rugs and cover a variety of designs and styles. Natural rugs are economically friendly and are an effective way to bring the outdoors in or create a simple and earthy feeling in your home.
Natural rugs include rugs made from husks, bushes, and grasses. Coir, jute, sea grass, raffia, rice straw, and sisal are often used as underlays to other rugs, as well as for area rugs or wall-to-wall “carpeting”.