So you want to talk rugs? Great! No, no, no...I’m not talking about that hairpiece your uncle Herschel wears. I’m talking about one of the most understated accent pieces you can add to your bachelor pad. Rugs add color, texture, spacial sense and continuity to a room. When used correctly, rugs can make or break a room. So, how do you know which rug is good for you? Let’s break it down.
These rules are merely suggestions. Every rule can be broken and there are exceptions to every rule as well. But you need to understand the rules before you can break them!
There are many different styles of rugs out there. Persian (only made in Iran), oriental, modern, classic, etc... The type of rug you chose should be consistent with the style you chose for you home. No need to put a beautiful modern rug in a classic home. It doesn’t match and will stick out like a sore thumb. It’s as straight forward as there is. Modern house=modern rug, asian themed house=oriental rug.
Light or dark, colorful or bland. The choice is dependent on what you’re attempting to accomplish. Are you looking for an accent piece or something to tie the room together? Lighter rooms in general call for lighter rugs and vice versa. When in doubt, don’t mix and match. Go for a consistent theme.
Textured rugs can work against you. Jute rugs are great looking but aren’t practical for everyday walking. Smaller nap rugs are easier to clean but pick up more stains. Low nap rugs are good for everyday wear and tear however are rather bland looking. The key is to chose a rug that suits how much you’ll be using that room.
The size of the rug you purchase should be proportionate to the size of your room and the furniture you have in it. Buy a rug that fits the entire room, or is large enough so that key items can be placed on it. For example you may want a rug to put your bed on, or a rug just to place your couch and coffee table upon. Spending extra money for a larger rug is a good investment only if you have a larger room. Think of rugs like clothing. No point in putting a fat girl in a mini-skirt.
The best rule of thumb is to play it safe when it comes to rug selection. Buying a natural fiber neutral colored rug will rarely backfire on you. Jute is an excellent choice and can be found anywhere rugs are sold. Softer jute rugs are available for a little more money and aren’t so harsh on the feet. They add a tough of texture to the room and aren’t intrusive to the eyes. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Buying a loud and boisterous rug will only do more damage than good to your reputation and bachelor pad. Try and make a safe choice of something you like because rugs will last you a long time if it’s taken care of.