Tonawanda News


August 27, 2013

DESIGNS BY DANA: Choosing the right area rug

Tonawanda News — Question: We just had hardwood floors installed in our living and dining rooms and we’re considering getting area rugs for both spaces. Are there any rules on determining the sizes and designs we should be looking for?

Answer: Congratulations on your decision to have new hardwood flooring installed in your home. 

Besides its natural beauty, hardwood is long-lasting, easily maintained and increases your property’s value. Although it may be a tough decision on whether or not to cover up some of your new wood — adding area rugs to these spaces can serve a number of purposes. 

Along with giving definition to a space, an area rug will add sound absorption and warmth. 

The addition of these rugs can also be a key factor in bringing a specific style to these rooms through the use of the colors and patterns that you choose. Are you leaning towards ultra-modern? Select a rug with bold colors and abstract shapes. A more traditional decor might require a Persian-style motif to give your room it’s finishing touch. 

There are situations when it might work best to opt for a simple and neutral area rug for your room so that it doesn’t fight or interfere with anything else in the space. Your furniture and accessories become the main visual focus and the rug acts as the unifier. 

With such a large selection of area rug designs available on the market today, the differences they can make in your room are only limited by your taste and style — just by changing the rug you can completely change your look and mood. I’ve worked with clients who have opted to purchase a few different rugs for each space and they change them with the seasons — their room is completely transformed by switching out this one single item. 

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