You have found the home of your dreams and are now ready to decorate it. You need the perfect area rug that will bring out the best of the room and pull all of the furniture and accents together. If you have recently purchased a new home with hardwood floors you may be starting to feel the cold already from them. An area rug will be able to serve a functional and decorative purpose at the same time.
If you've never purchased an area rug before you may not have a clue how to go about choosing the right one. Here are some helpful tips you can use to make sure that the area rug you find is the one you really want and need.
Setting your budget
It’s always a good idea to save up your money to buy the best rug possible in either silk or wool. Other materials may be less costly but some are difficult if not next to impossible to clean and simply won't last.
Where to purchase your new rug
Don’t head to your local department store to buy your next rug since these rugs tend to be overpriced due to a large markup. Instead look at retailers for name brands and don't be afraid to ask family and friends whether they know a good rug dealer that they would recommend.
The style of rug
Take a look at all of the different classic and contemporary designs available. There are certainly some bright colored rugs available that may suit your decor while neutral colors will fit in anywhere. If you're having trouble deciding on a rug and don't really have much of a decorating flair in your personality most dealers are more than happy to work with you and make recommendations. Some have an in-house interior decorator that will visit your home for a small consulting fee or you could bring pictures of the room into the store with you.
Don't forget about the padding
The padding is the soft spongy stuff underneath the rug that is going to give the area rug the warm comforting feeling you want to experience as you cross the room or sit in your chair reading your favorite book. Keep some room in your budget to buy a high quality rug pad along with the area rug. A dense rubber waffle pad is usually the best choice you can make as an underpad.
Don't make the mistake of coming home without a pad under your arms as well as the rug. You’ll want to get a complete experience once you bring the rug home and it just won't be the same laying the rug on the bare floor. This padding is going to make all the difference in the world to the feeling of the rug and your exhilaration of bringing it home and using it for the first time.