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To warm up a room or add character, there is no better way than by adding an indoor rug. You can take a simple room and enhance it with color and texture or take a busy, colorful room and tone it down by choosing a soft, easy color. Indoor rugs come in every style, color, texture, and size imaginable. Therefore, if you are eager to give your room a completely new look, you can simply by adding or changing the rug.

The nice thing about indoor rugs is that they are so versatile. You can use an indoor rug as an accent or the focal point of the room. You can create a funky, contemporary look or one that is subtle and cozy. Since there are literally thousands of options available, you need to give thought to a few factors before shopping for your new indoor rug.

Determine if you want the rug to enhance the room�s d�cor or for the rug to take center stage. If you want the rug to capture the attention of the room, instead of buying a complex pattern, choose an indoor rug with a center medallion. If the room has a fireplace, which would be the natural focal point, then choose a rug that would compliment the fireplace rather than compete with it.

What type of furniture do you have? Is the fabric busy, colorful, and loaded with texture or simplistic? What color are the walls? Do you have off-white painted walls or bright colors or wallpaper treatments? If you have a lot of patterns and color, then you should go with a subdued rub whereas with off-white walls, you could be bolder in your choice.

Think about the amount of traffic in the room where you want to place the rug. This will help you determine the type of material to use as well as color and pattern. If you choose a solid light to medium color, then dirt would show easily whereas a heavier pattern would help hide the dirt.

The d�cor of your room is another important consideration in that you want an indoor rug to enhance the room. If possible, take paint samples or wallpaper and fabric swatches with you when shopping for a rug.

Consider the side of the room. If you have a small room, you want to stay with lighter colored rugs, which will help open the room up while darker rugs can make a large room feel cozier and more inviting.

The style of your room will help you choose texture. For instance, if you have a contemporary loft, you would want something with varying textures to compliment that style. However, if you have a country room or one with hardwood floors, then a jute rug or one made of sisal would be the ideal choice.

Finally, consider the shape of the room. Rugs come in a number of shapes other than rectangular so do not be afraid to venture away from tradition.

If you are not sure the right size rug to choose, remember that the smaller rugs, measuring from 4x6-feet to 6x9-feet are used under coffee tables. If you are going with an area rug, choose one that will sit beneath all four legs of the table and one that is about the same width and length of the furnishings. Accent rugs can be placed anywhere on the floor where furniture is not placed. To give you a good guideline to follow, you can refer to the following:
  • Dining Room � An 8-foot wide rug is standard. You want the legs of the chairs to stay on the rug when pulled out for someone to sit down. Start by measuring the width and length of the table and then add 4 inches all the way around to determine the size of the rug needed.

  • Entire Room � You want to ensure any floor showing is equal on all sides. The standard size rug would be an 8x11-foot and in this case, the front legs of furniture should be on the rug while the back legs can come off the rug.
Fibers are also important, as you will see from the information provided:
  • Acrylic � High resistance to stains, sunlight, and mildew

  • Cotton � Soft, comes in multiple colors, and not as durable as wool

  • Jute � Very soft but can fade in direct sunlight and when moist, can disintegrate

  • Nylon � Durable, versatile, and easy to clean/maintain

  • Polypropylene/Olefin � Highly stain resistant, repels water and stains

  • Sisal � Very strong and durable, static-free, and colorfast

  • Wool � Durable, soft, easy to clean, can be dyed, and a superior fiber
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