Adding an area rug to your Chicago, Lakeview, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square home can benefit both the beauty and durability of your floors. Here at Floor Coverings International North Chicago, we often suggest area rugs to our customers who are looking for something extra they can add to an already beautiful space. Choosing the right area rug can be a challenge. Our experts are here to help you find the perfect option for your home.
Area Rug Benefits
Warmth: If you have cold flooring like natural stone tile, an area rug can add comfort and warmth underfoot. This is especially nice during our cold winters here in Chicago.
Space Definition: Great rooms are becoming more and more popular in modern homes. These rooms often encompass both the living room and kitchen. While the open, airy feel is wonderful, it can be hard to define where the eating space ends and the relaxing space begins. A large area rug can help to define your living room, while maintaining the open feel of your home.
Style: The right rug can bring together your décor and make a room feel polished. Choose a color that complements patterns on our furniture, or try a bold design if your room is full of solid, neutral hues.
Protection: A large area rug helps to protect your floor from daily wear and tear. This is an especially great benefit in high traffic areas like the living room or a hallway. We often recommend area rugs for types of hardwood or bamboo floors that have a tendency to scratch over time.
Choosing the Right Rug
Every room is different, and it’s important to think about your unique space when choosing your rug. That being said, there are a few general rules to follow that can help you along the way in your decision:
- Size – The price tag on large area rugs can scare some customers away, but we urge you not to choose a rug that’s too small. If you are really looking for an area rug and not an accent rug, it needs to be big enough to encompass some pieces of furniture in the room. If the rug is too small, it will make the room feel unbalanced.
- Show the floor – You don’t want your rug to cover the entire floor. It’s supposed to define space within the room, not take over the entire floor plan. As a general rule, leave at least six inches showing on every side.
- Mirror the space – This is a rule that is sometimes broken, but if you are new to interior design it’s an easy one to follow. It’s best to get a rug that mirrors the shape of your room. So, if the room is longer, get a longer, rectangular rug. This is especially important in smaller rooms where the rug will take up most of the floor.
Thanks to our close relationship with manufacturers, we can offer direct prices on top quality area rugs. We offer all the major styles including Shaw, Kathy Ireland and many more. Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation!
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