Monday, 7 October 2013

The Do's and Don'ts of Selecting an Area Rug For The Dining Room

The dining room isn't complete unless it features an elegant area rug. Far too many homeowners overlook this key decorative element, resulting in a lackluster decor with little sense of style. If you truly want to create a stylish living room with a balanced, cohesive decor, you must incorporate an area rug into the mix. To help you get started on the right foot, we've compiled a short list of some important do's and don'ts when selecting a dining room area rug.

Do: Match The Shape


When choosing an area rug for your dining room, you'll want to pay close attention to the shape.  Some people assume that oval rugs are the best all around choice, but this isn't necessarily true. A good rule of thumb is to select an area rug in the same shape as your dining table. If you have an oval dining table, for instance, then you should choose a similar oval-shaped area rug. Sticking with this rule will naturally balance the atmosphere while maintaining a cohesive appearance.

Do: Get Exact Measurements


Of course, it's also important for homeowners to get the exact measurements of their dining room before purchasing a rug. Decide where you want to place your new rug and use a measuring tape here to determine what size you need. Using this information, you can then choose a rug in the appropriate size. There's nothing worse than ordering an area rug online only to discover that it's either too small or too large for your dining room.

Don't: Clash Colors


Don't make the mistake of choosing an area rug in a color which clashes with your current dining room decor. One example is using a brown area run in a dining room featuring primarily black furniture and accessories. Brown and black are two colors which clash with one another, essentially taking away from the home's natural beauty. Stick with rug colors that blend into your dining room without clashing. And if you aren't sure if a particular color scheme will work, go with a different rug just to be on the safe side.

Don't: Choose Silk


Silk is hands down the most luxurious material used in the production of area rugs; however, it's also the easiest to damage. Assuming your new area rug is placed under the dining room (which it should), there's a good chance of crumbs accidentally falling onto it. Instead of using an overpriced silk area rug, stick with a stronger, more durable material that's able to withstand the traffic in your dining room.

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