The Best Way To Choose Area Rugs For Your Home

Whenever someone is thinking of decorating or redecorating their home, their mind will turn at some point to area rugs. Too many times, however, they wind up getting rugs that are too small or a rug that does not go with anything else in the room or they just find that it is too difficult to care for. Before jumping into a situation that you may wind up regretting, take the time for a little homework before purchasing any rug for your home.

Measure, Measure, Measure

Take a good look at the room in which you want to place any area rugs. Visualize its placement in your head, and incorporate it with the furniture that will also go into this room. While additional rugs should never be allowed to “free float”, or stand alone, unanchored by furniture, some people prefer to do so, especially in big spaces where there is little furniture. For safety purposes, you should always anchor rugs so that there is little danger of tripping over an edge.

Once you have that picture in your head, it is time to measure out the available space for the rug. Write these dimensions down: width, length, and shape. It might also help to take a few pictures of the furniture you want the rug to coordinate with, in media that you can take with you, so color does not become an obstacle later on. Take the measurements a second time. Sounds silly, but you want to be certain of the available space that you have to put a rug into before buying one.

Considerations for Purchase

Now that you are ready to start looking for your rug of choice, take a moment while looking at rugs to check out the manufacturer’s label, usually located on the back of each sample. This label will tell you a lot of things about the rug you are about to purchase: what material it is made out of, the exact dimensions, and cleaning specifications. The last item can be a deal breaker, especially if you have no intention of spending your weekend on your hands and knees scrubbing your new purchase clean.

If you are looking to purchase a rug for a known high traffic area, you would be better off getting a rug that is relatively easy to clean, especially if budget is a consideration for you. There are plenty of “like” models out there for the money conscious: Persian rug like, Oriental rug like, Mediterranean rug like, etc. Just because they are cheaper than the original, it does not necessarily mean that they lose anything in the translation. They are of just as high a quality as the original, cost less, and entail a lot less maintenance than the more expensive type.

Uses for New Rugs

Adding a new rug to a room can completely change the look of it. If there is furniture in the room, you want a piece that will accentuate the style of the furniture, coordinate with the other pieces, and not completely draw the eye away from them. If you have hardwood floors, be sure to center the new rug in the room, and then group the furniture around it. Buy a dark rug to show off light furniture and a light rug for dark furniture.

Area rugs can also be used to define a space. For example, say that you have a better than average foyer entrance to your home. The rug you place there should be the central focal point, and define the style that your guests will see throughout the rest of the home. If your furniture is of a particular type, then that rug should represent that type as the continual theme of the home. Most interior decorating schemes either move the eye from the bottom up, or from ceiling to floor. Go with what you like, and what expresses your personal style the best.

Cozy Pool Seating Areas

If you are fortunate enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you will want to maximize on the design of that space with a cozy pool seating area. You may have a lot of space available near your pool or just a small spot of concrete, but either way, creating a pool seating area will be a great way to both socialize with your guests while keeping careful watch over the swimmers in your pool.

Sitting Around the Pool
Sitting around the pool is a tranquil experience that you can enjoy whether or not you will actually slip into the pool on any given day. There are so many different types of pool seating experiences that you can create with different types of casual furniture. One of the most popular types of pool seating furniture is wicker furniture. Classic in design and classy in style, this will make a great addition to any outdoor patio furniture area.

Other great ideas to consider include wrought iron furniture. Properly treated wrought iron will not be affected by the moisture of your pool and will create a fabulous image for your pool seating area. Other types of outdoor pool furniture, like teak furniture, can also help to create distinctive styles.

For more casual pool seating areas, consider simply dragging your kitchen furniture outside to gain a few extra chairs when a large number of guests are expected. Patio and pool furniture need not be pretentious; you can add on to the fun of any gathering with just a few extra chairs. Lawn furniture such as folding chairs are ideal when you need extra seats as well.

Sitting In the Pool
Perhaps you would like to enjoy the great outdoors – from inside of your pool You don’t have to master floating on water for long periods of time – just invest in floating pool chairs. What a better opportunity – surrounded by calm and relaxing water but yet not getting wet unless you want to. Swimming pool chairs can come in hard or soft designs. Deck furniture can also be placed in extremely shallow areas of your pool – those six inch deep splash areas – to combine the comfort of water with the luxury of fresh air.

Adding On With Accessories
There are many pool accessories that you can consider when designing your pool seating areas. Your outdoor wicker furniture will thank you when you buy covers for it. Although sturdy, the constant battering of wind and rain can deteriorate this type of furniture and so covering when not in use will help to extend its lifetime. No matter what type of furniture you have chosen for your pool seating area, you can find appropriate covers to preserve.

Keep in mind pool supplies when choosing your outdoor furniture. You can often find tables or other accessorizing pieces of furniture that can handily hide away your swimming pool supplies so they are close at hand and yet hidden away from being in constant view. Do you have a lot of bottles and containers for cleaning your pool? Stash them inside an end table and they’re ready when you need them but aren’t destroying the design of your patio.

Your Adirondack chair could benefit from the addition of outdoor furniture cushions. Not only will the wooden chair become more comfortable, but these cushions can also be used to change the entire design of your pool seating area from season to season. Outdoor furniture cushions are amazingly cost effective and come in a wide variety of designs and colors so no matter what your whim, you’ll be able to design your pool seating area accordingly.

Boring Outside Patio Furniture Area – How About an Outdoor TV to Liven Things Up!

I have a lovely outside patio furniture set, but it looks so dull. What can I do to cheer up the area and create a wonderful outdoor room? A friend of mine suggested that accessorizing would be the way to go. Have you looked at what’s available for outdoor spaces these days – where to start first? Okay then jumping right in!

Starting at the beginning, I have a nice teak wood patio furniture set and some cushions would help to make it more comfortable as well as provide some color. They are also easy to change if I get bored of them! I did look at the colors and styles available and one of the things that struck me was to consider whether I need them to be waterproof or not. The waterproof outdoor patio furniture cushions are made from plastic and aren’t very comfortable, so I decided to buy outdoor patio furniture covers to keep everything nice. That also means that I can have the soft comfy cushions on the outside chairs without worrying about bringing them in every night, one. Step one done!

My friend said that an umbrella has one of the biggest impacts on a patio area as it is so eye catching when up. So did I need an umbrella? Well I could look at other options to provide some shade such as a shade cloth over the area, but I thought I would like to see the winter sun without a cover – I can always put the umbrella away in winter. So I found an umbrella in a matching shade to my cushions and was set.

Thinking about winter led me on to heating. If I can heat my patio area we will be able to use it for much more of the year. Did you know there are a variety of different ways to heat the outdoor space, from space heaters to chimeras and Roman fire tables. I had a look at chimeras, they come in many styles and can be used to heat and cook on (especially marshmallows).

Along with heating comes lighting-we could add some lighting to make the patio area a real outdoor room. If we used fairy lights we may not even have to add extra outdoor Christmas lights. Fairy lights twinkling add such a lovely atmosphere to a summer evening outside. We could also add candles or solar lighting, which has a nice effect when it comes on by its self as it gets dark.

There are many other accessories that can be added to your outside living space, such as sound system and outdoor splash proof TV to watch all the great sports and games, hammocks, rugs, insect repellants, plants and planter boxes.

Right now I think I’ll just add a drink trolley and get myself a lovely cool drink and sit down in my outdoor patio area to watch the game!