Steps to Selecting the Right Area Rug

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Choosing an area rug can be an intimidating process. Even the friendliest rug showroom can get confusing with the variety of choices. To make the process easier, do your homework before you start shopping.

Consider style: An area rug can serve the same purpose as art on a blank wall. It can set a tone, bring unconnected pieces of furniture together, and warm up a space. Take a good look at where you plan to place the rug. A simple rug will work well if there are already a lot of patterns. Does the room need more color? Let the rug plus a few well-chosen accessories bring some vibrancy into a previously neutral space. Consider the floor, and let the rug pop with contrast or blend in depending upon what the room needs.

Consider type: Rugs come in almost every material imaginable, from nylon to silk. Choose one that will work with your usage. Durable materials such as nylon or wool will work best in a room with a lot of traffic. Dark colors and patterns also hide traffic as well as dining spills. The new indoor-outdoor rugs are great for homes with children. You can actually take those rugs outside and hose them off.

Consider size: Rugs under furniture groupings work best when they are large enough to contain all the furniture. Then the rug becomes like a frame for the furniture and the space. If possible, leave at least a foot of space between the edge of the rug and the walls, giving the rug position and the room balance. Remember to provide space for chairs when selecting a dining room rug. The recommended additional size is about two feet beyond the table edge, giving enough space for chairs and people.

After you complete your analysis, three more steps will simplify your rug shopping. Measure the space to determine the best rug size. Do not rely on an eyeball measurement. Large showroom spaces are deceptive. Take a couple of pictures of the space. They will help you visualize rugs in the selected spot once you’re in the showroom. 

Finally, bring a few items that match the colors already in the room, to ensure that your rug will coordinate with the colors already in the space.

By following these simple steps before you start shopping, the right area rug is almost in your grasp!

What Area Rugs Can Do For Your Home

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Area rugs are a great way to add a focal point in any room and can tie a room together from a design standpoint. Beyond their artistic value, area rugs also can add comfort and warmth on harder surfaces such as wood or tile flooring. As area rugs tend to be the glue that holds the room’s design aesthetic together, it is important that your area rug be your starting point. From their you can pull from the area rug to add other design elements to your space. 

 

But how to choose the right rug for your space? It certainly depends on your overall preferences but there are also some general rules that when followed, make it much easier to narrow down what you are looking for. The first thing to consider is where your area rug will be and what purpose will it serve. 

 

In a transitional area, such as between rooms, a rug that acts as a runner is a great idea, flowing from space to space. At least as narrow as your doorway or even narrower is best. This will create a natural transition between spaces and won’t feel super bulky where it shouldn’t.

 

In other rooms, such as the living room, consider how much space you have. If you are looking to create a space for your living room furniture, be sure to purchase a rug that is large enough. Generally, the furniture should have at least the front legs anchored to the edge of the rug so that it ties everything together.


If you are looking for an area rug to compliment your formal dining area, the best rule of thumb is to match the shape of your rug to the shape of your dining room furniture. This will create a look of cohesion between the two pieces as a dining room set is often the focal point of the dining room already. By matching the shape of the table, you are not detracting from the table’s presence but merely adding to it.

 

These are just a few ways to think about area rugs when you are looking to purchase one for your own space. Once you have a better idea of what to look for depending on your space, the better idea you’ll have about where to start. 

Space is all You Need for a Reading Nook

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Have you ever longed to have a special reading nook just for you? Creating this space is easier than you may think. Find out how one chair, a rug and a little planing can turn into your favorite spot!

Find a chair that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to look at. This exposed wood, French chair is beautiful and quite functional as well. The seat cushion is filled with a foam core, surrounded by goose down. The tight upholstered back provides good support and a slight incline that will make it easy to relax. Sitting in this chair will make the person feel relaxed and ready to read. Creating the setting for anything to happen, in any book of choice.

A simple yet comfortable ottoman is all that is needed to turn a chair into a lounge chair. This particular chair is not considered a lounge chair. However the ottoman turns this formal chair into the perfect lounge chair. Not a lot of space is needed to create a reading nook. Enough space is needed for the chair of your choice, a small ottoman (this pouf is a perfect item when low on space) and a small accent table. The small accent table is needed for resting a drink and a book. When reading people like to drink tea, coffee or a cold beverage.

Adding a small rug under the chair will form a designated reading space, just like that! We would suggest starting with deciding the area you want to designate as your reading nook. Then mark out the area with an area rug.  Add a chair that you love and from there you can select an ottoman, accent table and a cozy lap blanket.

Feel free to add a floor or table lamp if the lighting is scarce. If there is one thing you need in a reading space, it is light! This is very important in a space used for reading. Let us know how you have decorated your reading nook.  Leave a picture in the comments below!

Upgrades for a Tired Living Room

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If your living room is looking tired, you may not need to completely redecorate. There are changes you can make to make the room look like new. Your room may benefit from one, or a few of these upgrades.

Upgrade the artwork. Art can make or break a room. A room can easily be changed simply by replacing the artwork. If the existing art is just taking up space on the wall, you may need to pick art with a more exciting subject matter. Art should draw the eye in. If your eye simply wanders past your current art work, it may be time to invest in some exciting new pieces.

Buy a new, large rug to go under the seating. The most common mistake people make is buying rugs that are too small, simply for the price factor. Larger rugs provide a more inviting feel and an added element of texture. The rug should extend beyond the seating arrangement instead of stopping right at the legs or before far from the furniture. If you have questions about the correct size of rug for your room, feel free to ask us at Century Tile.

Upgrade the sofa. The sofa tends to be the largest natural focal point in a living room because it is the largest furniture piece in the space. If your sofa is tired, your living room may be as well.

If you are not yet ready to invest in a new sofa, try new accent pillows instead.  The accent pillows can set the tone for the entire room. If your current pillows are worn or have lost their shape, purchase a few in a new accent color or pattern.  You’ll be amazed at the instant transformation!

A coffee table is another important piece in the living room space. This piece should demand attention itself, as well as the items that are placed on it. If your coffee table is just to serve the purpose of housing remotes and other mundane items, first try clearing it off and selecting a few display pieces to as a centerpiece.

If your new centerpiece is just not enough, it may be time to upgrade your coffee table. Select an exciting coffee table that feels beautiful in the space. This piece of furniture has the ability to dress up a sofa and the room itself!

Selecting the Perfect Area Rug

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Area rugs are powerful interior accents. They can transform a room. Use a rug if you need to add warmth to a space since some spaces can feel rather cold. For example, tile and stone can actually cool a room. Add an area rug to add instant warmth and comfort to any room. Rugs can also help to protect your beautiful floors. But how do you decide what type of rug to buy? Consider the following to narrow your search.

Take into account what is on the walls. If you have a patterned wall paper, you will want to select a simple rug. It is probably not the best idea to select a busy patterned rug when there is already a pattern on the wall. In this case choose a solid color, or if you want more depth you can pick a textured weave that is made out of several different colors of yarn.

Area rugs can be beautiful works of art. If you want to showcase your rug then try not to cover it up. Select glass top accent tables that will allow a clear view of the beautiful rug. For a more formal rug, find one with decorative edges. For example tassels are normally found on traditional rugs.

The size of the rug depends on the size of the space, and what will be sitting on top of it. For a dining room table, there should be at least two inches sticking out from the chairs when they are pulled out. The same goes for upholstery such as sofas and chairs.

Acceptable arrangements include the front legs of furniture on the rug, while the back legs rest on the floor (if the furniture backs up to a wall) as well as centering the rug in a seating area without any of the furnishings resting on the rug. When determining the size, consider the shape and proportion of the furnishings on or around where the rug will be placed.

If you have questions about the size, shape or color of rug that is right for your home, stop by one of our locations or fill out a form and we will contact you!  We look forward to helping you with your decision.

Three Area Rugs Compared

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There are many ways to play with pattern in area rugs. There will be patterns that work perfectly in your space. After considering the size, shape, existing colors and design of the given room there are still endless patterns for you to choose. In this post we will talk about three carpets and how they might work for specific types of interior design in your room. 

This first area rug will look great in a room that has a retro feel or can be used in a more formal room to add a bit of fun to the design. It feels vintage because of its use of shades of brown which harken back to the sixties and seventies interior design aesthetic. The colors in the carpet are neutrals which gives it versatility and will work well with almost any color palette. 

This second area rug is a little more modern in nature. This would work well in a room with white modern furniture and metal fixtures or accents. It is minimalistic in design with a modern abstract pattern that adds visual interest without having to use a more traditional pattern. It’s use of black and white with a pop of deep red create continuity in the narrative for minimalism. 

This third area rug is one that demands attention. It has a classic feel, and is able to fit into almost any room’s color scheme. But it’s pattern is powerful and complex. The fanning of the design that surrounds its circular interior creates visual interest, pulling the eye inward. This is a rug that works well in a room with a strong visual center, such as a dining room table or bed.

These are just three interpretations of area rugs for your space. This is simply a demonstration showing ways to think about their characteristics.  This should help with the decision when choosing the best area rug for your room. If you liked any of these three carpets in particular, you can find them on our website Century-Tile.com

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Area Rugs, The Forgotten Accessory

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When it comes to area rugs, they can often be overlooked as an accessory for your home. Do you have a room that feels incomplete, lacks warms and that inviting feeling? When you think about area rugs, don’t think floor covering (unless that’s your specific purpose!) think accessory….as in jewelry. When you think about how an area rug can finish off a room much the same way the right necklace can finish an outfit – then you’ll begin to see the value of what area rugs can do.

Area rugs are like magic carpets. They can transport and transform, “move” rooms (and their mood) from ordinary to extraordinary, change a room’s personality and character. They can do this through their color, shape, texture and size.

Area rugs are incredible design tools. They can define a space, act as a finishing touch, establish a color scheme, underlie a key piece of furniture, soften a hard surface, welcome guests to your home.

Area rugs improve your life. They can warm bare feet on cold surfaces, prevent wear in heavy traffic areas, protect children/elderly against injury from falls and absorb sound to reduce noise. Area rugs can also cover flaws in flooring and hide not so perfect carpeting. (Voila! Problem solved.)

Area rugs are the masters of change. They’re the only floor covering you can pick up and move, easily replace – change with the changing seasons. Tired of the way a room looks? Try changing your area rug before changing other things like wall colors. You’ll be amazed at what the change can do.

Area rugs cover the cost spectrum. They can be inexpensive and machine made (cotton and synthetic) to very expensive, handmade ancient weaves.

Think an area rug might be the perfect solution for your room? Century Tile has a great selection! 

Choosing the Materials Most Suitable for a Pet-friendly Home

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Pet lovers do not have to sacrifice comfort and style when designing with animals in mind. There are lots of materials available today that can suit the needs and lifestyles of different pets.

For the floorings, bare hard surfaces are still obviously ideal. However, this does not mean that there should be no design at all, or that style and beauty are out of the picture. Patterns can be created with stamped concrete, and a splash of color can be added to the room with painted concrete.

Instead of carpets, opting for inexpensive rugs can be more practical. Rugs and mats, which are easier to pick up and remove than carpets, can be cleaned right away when a pet sheds, or makes any of the classical pet messes on it. Ideally, the rug should also be cheap enough to throw away when it gets too dirty. If you really prefer carpeted floors, avoid long continuous carpets and try carpet tiles instead.

For the walls, semi-gloss paint is more suitable that a flat finish when it comes to wiping off dirty spots. For the furniture, leather should be considered as it is a durable material – but, if you’re opposed to items made from animals, pleather can be a good choice.

If the pets are allowed in the bedroom, the bed can be fitted with thick pads to protect the mattress from the extra wear and tear. Cotton, which is washable, is best for the bed sheets and pillow cases. Duvet covers can also work well.

Rugs, carpets and upholstery can also be matched with the fur of the pets, especially of those who sheds the most. Aside from getting inspiration from these beloved animals for the color scheme of the interiors, the fur they leave behind would not be very visible against the same hue. Of course, vacuuming regularly is still necessary. Fur can attract dirt that can soil the fabric it is sitting on. Keeping the pets well-groomed with trimmed hair and nails can also prevent damages on the furniture and the house itself.

Aside from being washable and easy to clean, surfaces and materials should also be durable. Dogs wag their tails and cats think everything is a scratching post. Sometimes, they unknowingly hit or accidentally trip over items scattered throughout the house. If there are any fragile items inside the house, it would be ideal to keep them away from the pets or by displaying them in a cabinet with glass panels.

Putting a little thought into the choice of your flooring material will help tremendously while living with pets.  Flooring experts are available for consultation at Century Tile to help you through the entire process.  

 

Floating the Idea of Floating Furniture

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10293098_SFloating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls.  Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty?  Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms?  Probably not.  While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully.  This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.

Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room.  Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television.  Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing.  The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.

The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas.  Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.

One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting.  You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room.  This particular living room has overhead lighting.

Area Rug Brings Space Together

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fromPTG100512Most of us think of rectangular rugs in a living or dining room when we consider area rugs. But the right rug in a hall like this can make all the difference.

This rug provides warmth and draws the eye down the hall. It breaks up the dark wood floor and helps define the edges of the surrounding rooms without the need for doors or other separating features.

The classic style of this rug suits the traditional architecture and antique wood furniture. This home conforms to a very specific style and the rug supports that.

The big surprise in this space is the choice of yellow on the walls. It’s a vivid color, but the white molding, dark floors and neutral rug help moderate its tone.

Hall-shaped area rugs come in almost as many styles, colors and patterns as traditional rectangular rugs. The pattern is often tighter because of its narrow perspective. They are, however, most commonly seen in traditional settings where an Oriental look is standard.

Do you have a place in your home that would benefit from a hall rug? One could provide a clear path through a home with an open living area, add interest to a long hallway, or carry forward a design style from one room to another. This type of rug is also often used on wood stairways to add softness and stability.

Some of today’s halls may be too narrow for this type of rug to work well. It’s nice to have some of the flooring show on either side of the rug for contrast. Measure the length and width of your hall or stairway, and bring those measurements with you to our showroom. We’ll help you determine whether a rug like this could add color and interest to your home.