Today we go shopping and look for one of the most important and most difficult elements to hit in the decoration of a living room: the carpet
When we need a rug at home, especially for the living room, the task of finding the right one can be endless. The very varied offer that we can find in the market is a barrier that is not always easy to overcome. Choosing the best carpet is an art, and today we are going to discover its keys.
Knowing how to differentiate, first of all, what our real needs are is fundamental. Before taking even a look at what the stores offer us, we must go with a series of clear concepts in mind.
Defining the role that the carpet will play is the first step. With this we will be clear if the carpet we need will be short or long, patterned, or smooth. The second step will be the correct choice of size. And with all this, in addition, we must make it fit with the decorative style of the room.
The function of the carpet
We must ask ourselves what function we are going to give to the carpet. If what we have is a room with a fairly flat decoration, the carpet will provide us with that element of texture that it lacks.
For this we need a type of carpet with long hair, curly hair, or imitations of animal hair, such as sheep. Any carpet that is fluffy and dense.
Another possibility is that we have the furniture in the living room upholstered in plain tones and that the walls are painted in a uniform color.
In this case, the room should be seen almost as a blank canvas, and the carpet is the element that will allow us to incorporate some kind of graphic pattern into the room.
Here we accommodate any Indian rug, with a Persian fabric print, or elaborate damask patterns, and even any more contemporary geometric pattern.
If the living room is open and spacious and there are different areas within the same space, the rugs are the ones that definitely help to define the spaces for their different uses.
If we have a living area that contains sofas and seats, it is the one that we must frame with the carpet to differentiate it from the rest of the uses in the same room.
Once we have defined the function of the carpet that we are going to acquire, the next step is to calculate its size. In the case of rugs that will delimit the space of a certain use in a large room, the carpet must be of considerable size.
If the use to be given is to limit the seating area, you must know that the carpet must cover the entire area in its entirety, or at least that the front legs of sofas and armchairs are within the perimeter of the same. Otherwise, the result will be insufficient and the carpet will not fulfill its function of delimiting spaces.
The best thing in these cases is to draw a scale plan of the room and to play with the drawing to the measure of the carpet. Sometimes a few inches or so doesn’t make a big difference, but it’s best to make sure.
Choosing the best rug for your room style
The decorative style that has been chosen for the living room will mark a very important point also in the choice of the type of carpet. Round rugs are one of our favorites, but we should know that a contemporary style of decoration does not support a round rug.
This type of detail is what enhances or ruins the final effect of a decoration job. If the furniture is soft, the ideal is a rectangular rug with soft motifs, including animal prints that will add a touch of contrast to the existing softness.
For defined interior design styles, it is advisable to follow the guidelines of each one. If we talk about a living room decorated in a shabby chic style, the rugs should follow the decoration schemes. In styles like art deco or Hollywood regency we have clear guidelines to follow when choosing the best carpet for our living room.
The opportunity to add what is missing when choosing the best carpet
The immense variety of shapes, patterns, and colors that rugs offer us today make them the ideal element to add to the room what it lacks.
We can be bold in your choice, because being located on the floor and partially covered by furniture, they offer us a subtle image. The rugs mark the accent of a room, but also our personality.
Whatever its function, size, or style, we must not forget that the decoration of the floor of a room should be treated like the rest of the room.
Carpets are one of the pillars of interior design. Nothing sadder and more desolate than an empty floor. The floors of the living rooms are the ideal place to impregnate the room with art and contrast.
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