Give your floor an instant perk-me-up with rugs

Inject excitement into any room by adding patterned or bright-coloured coveringsImage Credit: Supplied

There are many ways in which your home can be made to look more beautiful like rearranging the furniture, changing the colour scheme of a room and adding accessories such as rugs.

Rugs, whether in solid or bright colours, patterned or not, can liven up any space in the home. When decorating (or redecorating) your living space, the rule is to choose the rug first and let it be the basis when picking other accessories such as throw pillows and curtains. One must also keep in mind to pick a piece with the correct size, not too small and not too large.

The type of material (cotton, wool, silk, grass fibres, synthetic) that you choose will depend on the purpose and which part of the house you are putting it.

For example, for high-traffic areas such as the living room and the foyer, a light and washable material is always preferable such as cotton. Light cotton dhurries or kilim rugs are easy to maintain as stains can be cleaned easily.

Some other options that are popular for use in any part of the house are woven rugs, latch-hooked rugs, flat weave rugs or even embroidered rugs. Woven and other rugs are considered more economical compared to the embroidered ones as the latter is more intricately designed.

While wood flooring or tiled flooring is easier to maintain, it can be especially tough in a home with young children. A large rug in the play or living area can help cushion their fall and also provide them with a soft surface to play on.

If your taste borders on the luxurious, you may want to consider wall-to-wall carpeting. Carpets are high maintenance but they are soft and indulgent in texture. In addition, they are also an ideal choice to soundproof different rooms.

Rugs help create a cosy look in the home without leaving a dent in the pocket. It is important to remember that, as with other home accessories, they need proper care and need to be washed as per instructions to promote a healthy and hygienic environment.

Handy Hints:

* Rugs come in different materials to suit every homeowner’s requirements

* For high-traffic areas such as the living room, opt for those made of cotton

* When decorating, choose the rugs first before purchasing other accessories

Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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