Contemporary Area Rugs

Contemporary Area Rugs

Contemporary Area Rugs add the "Wow" factor to any room, acting as a gorgeous, attention-grabbing fabric painting in your living room, bedroom, or foyer. An area rug can become a striking focal point or quietly tie the living rooms furniture and artwork into a warm, welcoming space. Decorating with modern rugs you love will provide the perfect finishing touches throughout the interior of your home.

How do you select the right size area rug?
  • Prepare a scale drawing of each room, including the furniture, doorways and other features to preview different sizes of contemporary rugs.
  • Another way to help determine the best size or shape is to use painters tape to "draw" different sizes and shapes on the floor. This lets you see exactly how they would work in your living room or elsewhere in your home.
  • In the living room, allow about 8" between the rug edges and the wall.
  • In the dining room, ensure your modern rug is large enough to allow for the chairs to push back plus 6".
  • In a hallway, leave 6"-8" between the runner and wall.
What is the difference between handmade and machine-made?
  • Hand-knotted: Usually made from wool, the artist ties knots by hand on a loom, a very time-consuming process. Each design is a unique work of art, has many knots per square inch, and may be enjoyed for a very long time. Todays rug artists create both contemporary and modern designs by hand using traditional methods.
  • Hand-tufted: The artist shoots wool pieces into a canvas backing with a mechanized tool. These have a handmade appearance and take much less time to make than knotted rugs.
  • Machine-made: Most modern area rugs are made on large power looms. They are available in many sizes, shades, and patterns decorating ease. These are perfect for those who like to change the living room or bedroom decor periodically. Synthetic fibers resist staining better than cotton or wool so may be more practical in heavy traffic areas or if you have pets or kids.
  • Hand-knotted rugs dont have any backing while hand-tufted and machine-made area rugs typically have a latex coating on the back.
What are some tips for decorating with contemporary rugs?
  • Follow the 60-30-10 rule so everything meshes nicely. The dominant color comprises 60% and is found in paint colors, furnishings and ceiling. The secondary color is 30% and is your rugs primary shade. Accent colors are 10%, found in the design, lamps, and other room decor.
  • Interior designers recommend using no more than three distinct patterns in the interior design of a contemporary living room or bedroom. These are found in wallpaper, upholstery, floor coverings, and decorative pillows.
  • If the living room is very sunny and has light paint colors, ceiling, and furnishings, consider a dark rug. In a living room or bedroom with neutral shades, you can liven it up with bold, bright colors. In a dark or very colorful area, consider using a subtle design and light tones.
  • Synthetic fibers work well in heavy traffic areas since they are easy to clean.
  • Always use a rug pad to prevent slipping.