Rugs that cover only a part of the floor are called area rugs. Unlike carpets that cover a wider portion of the room, area rugs cover a small section of the room. These rugs are mainly used for décor purposes and come in a variety of shapes, which includes but are not limited to rectangles, squares and circles. It is also common to find rugs in the shape of baseballs, flowers, cartoon characters, etc., which are mainly used in kid’s rooms. Even though area rugs are used as décor pieces, they serve various other purposes as well:
- The main purpose of area rugs is to provide a touch of warmth and coziness to the room, especially if it has hardwood or tile floors.
- It helps to define separate spaces within a larger room. For example, a large living room can be divided into a formal and casual area with the help of area rugs. Rugs in contemporary style with clean lines and geometric patterns are suited to formal settings, while rugs with bright colors and floral prints are more casual.
- They are ideal for use in places where climatic fluctuation is commonplace. Unlike carpet, area rugs are easy to roll it back and forth depending on the climatic conditions.
- Area rugs are the preferred form of carpeting in children’s rooms as they are easy to wash and clean.
- Area rugs can be used to distract from the existing flooring of a room if the flooring has any defects.
Since area rugs play a significant role in glamorizing the look of a room, certain factors are to be considered when selecting and using them:
- The size and placement of the rugs should be given due consideration. Small- to medium-sized rugs can be used as décor pieces or along with furniture placed on a part of the rug. These rugs are ideal for use in the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Larger rugs are typically used in living or dining areas along with furniture. While placing rugs, make sure that the corners or edges of the rug do not protrude into pathways, to minimize the risk of tripping.
- If the rug is placed underneath furniture, it is a good idea to use a furniture coaster under the legs. This will distribute the weight of the furniture over a large area of the rug to prevent it from concentrating in a small area.
- When it comes to bedroom décor, it is wise to use multiple area rugs on both sides of the bed, instead of a single one whose major portion will be concealed under the bed.
- When rugs are used in heavy traffic areas like hallways, staircases and so on, it is better to look for ones with patterns in bold color, as it makes the traffic pattern (in the form of footprints) less noticeable. Hand woven rugs are considered to be more durable, so they are ideal in such areas.
- Even though area rugs are meant to be used on the floor, there are times when they are used as wall art, especially smaller area rugs with geometric or floral patterns.
Author Bio: The author, Susan Johns, is a freelance content writer specializing in home/interior décor writing. With over 5 years experience in the field of furniture and home decor, she has written numerous articles and blogs in this area. Please visit her blog, http://decoreview.com.