Soften The Look and Feel of a Room with Carpets and Rugs
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Published by TOP4 Team
Sometimes, all you want to do is kick off your shoes and play with your toddler, or simply chill out and sit on the floor. And when you do, it’s nice to have the soft reassurance of a carpet or rug there for you. Apart from their tactile qualities, carpets and rugs also foster an atmosphere of calm and quiet.
For many people, wall-to-wall carpeting is highly desirable, especially in intimate spaces such as bedrooms and studies, because of its enveloping comfort, soft ambience and sound-absorbing qualities. Rugs, meanwhile, provide many of the cosy benefits of carpet in a condensed package, and also help to delineate zones in open-plan spaces. So, how to choose?
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Lifestyle and family situation are the most critical considerations when you’re choosing a carpet. If you have a busy household with children and pets, you choice will be different to that of a single person in an urban apartment.
For high-traffic areas such as stairs, hallways and family rooms, we recommend picking a wool carpet that’s graded for extra-heavy duty. Once you’ve chosen a carpet, consider the effect of colour. Darker colours make spaces appear cosier. Lighter colours create a sense of spaciousness.
Adding a rug helps anchor furniture placement and can create a room within a room. It’s an effective way to define spaces and create pathways with aesthetic appeal. Beware the pitfalls of buying rugs is to select a rug that’s too small for the space. Here are some options for different interiors and budgets:
- ‘Framing’ a smaller rug with furniture is a cost-friendly option.
- For a more generous feel in a living room, place the front legs of the sofa within the outer 20cm of the rug.
- If you have enough space, place the furniture on top of the rug. It will define the zone and function of that space. This is a contemporary treatment and works well in large, open rooms.
- In a dining area, the rug should be large enough to accommodate a chair in the pulled-out position.
- Hallways, stairs and smaller rooms offer the perfect opportunity to be brave with colour and texture.
The fibre you choose affects the overall performance of the flooring:
- Pure wool It’s impossible to surpass wool for luxurious feel and natural durability. Stain-resistant and flame-retardant, it’s also a good insulator.
- Synthetic Cost-effective polypropylenes and nylons can now be woven into any style of carpeting, in just about any colour. They also resist stains well.
- Wool-nylon blends These combine the durability of nylon with the visual and tactile appeal of wool.
- Natural materials Sisal, coir, jute and seagrass are all durable and versatile materials with rich textures. The Natural Floorcovering Centres offers a sisal/wool mix that combines the strength of sisal with the warmth of pure wool.