By Rohais Despres. Area Rugs. Published at Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 - 18:11:07 PM.
Those living in small spaces often turn to designers to help them maximize every inch of room. Beyond skilled allocation of space, designers can recommend techniques to trick the eye; for example, taking focus off a room’s shortcomings and redirecting attention to carefully selected focal points such as area rugs. Designers know that smaller, modest-sized spaces can be extra challenging to furnish since most ready-made pieces are out of proportion with small-scale dimensions. To ensure key pieces will scale correctly for small spaces, it’s wise to think outside of the box, creating something custom made to fit when possible. One of the easiest ways to do this is to transform ready-made area rugs into a perfectly sized custom rug.
If you were to travel back to colonial times, you’d undoubtedly encounter braided rugs in many homes. Braided rugs were popular mainstays back in the old days, since they were easy to make and helped to provide a soft, comfortable surface on which to walk. Braided rugs can be designed out of braided yarns and other fabric; in fact, old scraps of fabric were once used to make these colorful and eclectic rugs. If you are going for a country-style theme in your home, you can’t go wrong with braided rugs. They bring an air of old-time charm to any home.
It’s not the seventies anymore; however, shag rugs are making a comeback in a very big way. Unlike their older counterparts, though, these area rugs are bursting with vibrant style and aren’t tacky at all. In fact, their plush, soft designs make them wonderful options for a wide variety of different situations. There’s something to be said for using as many different textures as possible in the home; to that end, a high quality shag rug can be a very welcome addition to your overall design scheme. Make sure to invest in a shag rug that boasts topnotch craftsmanship for best results.
The key to getting a custom look from off-the-shelf area rugs is to combine several together, giving the appearance of a large, custom-sized version. While this project is easy to do, success depends on selecting the right materials - not just any area rug will work. Solids are easy to use; depending on the rug’s material, however, seams may appear prominent and detract from the intended illusion of one large solid piece. Textural rugs such as shag are often the best choice since the loose fibers of the shag hide the seams between each rug. Rugs with large-scale patterns make the most visual impact, especially since introducing a pattern into a cramped space can take focus off the lack of square footage and attract it to the bold pattern.
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