Sunday, July 15, 2012

In Need of A Floor Plan?

How you cover your floors can do many things. It can ease in cleaning, assist in comfort, define the space or add color and/or texture to your room. Here are some area rugs I've found that can add to the room:
Pax Rug by Crate&Barrel

Andalusia Dhurrie from West Elm


Hampen Rug by IKEA


Sakura Rug by West Elm

Swirl Wool Rug



The Pax Rug is a 100% cotton flat weave rug. The benefits of a flat weave are that these rugs are reversible. They are light weight, so you can take them out back to beat the dust out. This goes for a Dhurrie rug as well.


A dhurrie is known for being extremely sturdy and they hold up well in an area of high traffic. They are often made using vivid colors and bold patterns.

Adding a rug with a repeating pattern, like this one, helps bring in a layer of visual appeal, color and texture.


A cut pile carpet is one that has been woven, then the loops are all trimmed to the same length.

They can be high, low or anything in the middle.

This Hampen Rug from IKEA is a high pile carpet, sometimes called shag. They were big in the 1970s and 1980s, and have recently come back around.

With this high pile carpet the fibers are tightly woven, close together, causing them to stand together and create maximum plushness.

Rugs of this variety can make a space warm and cozy. I can see them being a great point of contrast and warmth in an industrial style loft.


The Sakura Rug by West Elm is a 100% wool rug. Wool is one of the best materials to use for rugs. It holds up extremely well underfoot. It can be placed in a high traffic area and last for a long time. However because it is a natural fiber, if you put it in a high traffic area, you will start to see a wear pattern in time. But as far as natural fibers go, it will hold up with the best of them.

You can get wool rugs in a cut or loop. They are woven in a myriad of patterns and colors.

This organic pattern can add visual impact, while creating a soft feel within your space.


The Swirl Rug by West Elm is also one of 100% wool. This one however is a looped weave, and not a cut pile.

In my opinion, the loop piles are easier to clean, because the dust and dirt particles don't fall through as easily. They will still get dirty, but if you vacuum them up and take care of them, they keep pretty clean. (Well I guess that is the case with anything you keep clean.)


This rug is an interesting pattern composed of lines swirling around. Although it seems geometric, the waviness of the lines are more organic too.
Dye Your Own Rug with Vecco


Lastly, I saw these on an HGTV program... There is a company that makes dyes and helps with the stenciling so you can design and make your own rugs. The company is called Vecco, you can check out their website for more on their product and how it works. Basically the possibilities are endless.

It is a fun way to add a touch of your own style and personal whimsy into your own space.



Adding a rug can help define your space. It can soften the space beneath your feet. It can add an impact with a color or pattern. It can help encourage your color scheme.

Layering rugs adds an interesting effect as well. If you have a carpeted space, you can layer a rug on top of it to define a seating area.

I hope you have learned something from today's post, and maybe even found some inspiration.

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1 comment:

  1. We sooo need a new area rug for the great room, but the Knight and I disagree on rugs. I like dhurries or very simple, orientals. He likes indoor-outdoor neutrals. (No. I'm not kidding.) He also likes carpet, but that isn't happening with my allergies!

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