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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

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! 

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.

Household Tasks: Ironing

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5470803_SAmong the common household tasks and chores, ironing is perhaps the most dreaded. With many fabrics today being designed to be anti-wrinkle, there is a lot less ironing to be done. This doesn’t mean we can escape ironing all together, at least not most of us.

For the most part gone are the days where sheets required ironing to lay flat and feel smooth. Linen napkins and sheets are still best if ironed as they wrinkle so much out of the wash. Line drying linen sheets will not only prevent major wrinkles but make them smell fresh as well. A quick tumble in the dryer can help release wrinkles and soften linens so the task of ironing is easier to tackle.

If you do have ironing to be done, where you do it can influence how you feel about it.  Keeping the ironing board in the basement laundry room will make ironing feel like more of a chore. There is no reason that the ironing board needs to be set up at all times. Watching television while ironing is a great way to make this task go by more quickly and be more pleasurable.

Some laundry rooms have built-in ironing boards. If this is where you do your ironing, make the laundry room more enjoyable by decorating it. An area rug will warm up cold tile or wood floors. Colorful walls, appliances and accessories can all work to liven up the laundry room, and might even help make ironing more fun.

Design Element: Animal Print

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366606_S“Lions and tigers and bears… oh my.” In the design world this quote is more aptly put “leopards and zebras and cows.”  Animal prints have been longstanding design elements that have become classic patterns. As with any pattern or design, these patterns come in and out of fashion.  Cowhide, zebra and leopard seem to take turns being the “it” pattern when it comes to both fashion and design.

What makes these patterns real classics is that when used in small doses, they can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces. A zebra skin rug, the darling of shelter magazines a few years ago, is a much stronger design statement than a needlepoint pillow in a zebra pattern. Playing with size and scale can make these animal prints feel bold or refined. Where they are used also affects the power of their impact.  A pillow or rug in animal print becomes an accent. A sofa or wall covered in animal print is more of a statement. When working with animal prints it is all a matter of scale.

This black and white living room is centered by a classic zebra skin rug. Unlike many other African animals, zebras are not endangered. The rug’s bold pattern is the only pattern in the room so the eye is drawn to it. Using only black and white furniture creates a strong graphic look to the room that feels very contemporary. If you paired a zebra rug or cowhide rug with more traditional furnishings you would achieve a very different result.

Cottage Style in the Bedroom

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10963164_SCottage style is great for creating a warm and inviting bedroom. The bedroom pictured here has a lovely winter white painted bed and shabby chic bed linens that create a lovely, light bed that suits the space. The walls covered in this patterned wallpaper add tons of cottage charm to the room.

Cottage style combines vintage and feminine accents with comfortable furniture.  The winter white painted bed and desk used as a nightstand are not matching pieces but the color of the paint unites them. Keeping the bedding simple, but layering it with different textures and patterns makes for a beautifully made bed.  A pair of small table lamps would provide bedside lighting for both sides of the bed when the curtains aren’t drawn back. Despite being made up of vintage and mismatched pieces, the furniture in this bedroom feels like a suite because of the similar color.

One cottage element lacking in this space is something soft on the floor. Two small runners flanking the bed would provide a soft place to land your feet in the morning. Area rugs and runners are a great place to add another layer of texture or a spot of color. They could be similar in color to the floor or pick up the white from the furniture and bedding.

More Ways to Make your Home Cozy for Winter

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Flannel sheets and a hot water bottle can make for a cozy winter bed on chilly nights. Taking the same idea of flannel sheets and the cozy hot water bottle and applying it to your winter décor will create a cozy home that will keep you warm all winter.

Blocking drafts and cold air from getting into your home is the first place to start. Replacing windows is a big expense but will save you thousands in heating bills over their lifetime. If this isn’t an option, look for products that can block the cold air from getting through the cracks around windows and doors.  There is a huge selection of products at the big box home stores.

Adding heavier curtains to windows is an easy way to keep the heat in. Opening the curtains to capture the sun during the day and shutting them at night is something our grandmothers did.  And it still works today.

Fight chilly floors by adding warmth through area rugs.  Or banish cold floors forever with wall to wall carpet.  If you prefer the look of wood, tile or stone floors, look into adding in-floor heating. Obviously this is a much larger expense than a few area rugs, but if you are doing a remodel or new construction, it might be worth the upfront expense.

Small touches like a cozy throw on the sofa, a roaring fire and extra blankets on the bed can fight those winter chills.  Flannel sheets and hot water bottles really do make for a cozy winter bed.

Decorating with Area Rugs

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Area rugs are a great way to add style to a room. They require minimal effort, are easy to come by and inexpensive. Check out these inspiring area rugs.

By placing a large area rug directly underneath furniture, living room dwellers are given a comfortable sitting area without the pain of installing carpets.

This large area rug carpets the majority of this sitting area, allowing guests to get comfy on the floor as well as the couch.

Place an area rug in line with an over sized mirror to elongate a small space.

Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s one for every space.

Area rugs can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily. Please come and explore the many different rugs we have in stock. Our designers can help you determine which shape and color would work best in your home.

Area Rugs – How To Care For Them

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We all know that area rugs can be a focal point of a room, they can define an area and they add warmth and comfort, but what is the best way to take care of your area rugs? Are there pads you should put underneath? Do they need to be cleaned by professionals? Welcome to area rugs 101.

Area rugs, no matter if they are a family heirloom, or purchased on a budget deserve the same care and attention as your regular carpet and tile.

Here is a quick list of how to keep your area rugs looking brand new:

  • Vacuum regularly, but be careful not to fray the edges.
  • Rotate your area rug 180 degrees every now and then – anything will help – use daylight savings time as a reminder, rotate them when you store your summer patio set or put away your Christmas decorations.
  • Water spills should be wiped up immediately. Dry the rug on both sides with your hair dryer. For those of us who drink more wine than water, no judgment here, just sprinkle the stain with salt or baking soda and then vaccum it up. Use a clean white cloth to mop up the rest of the stain. Be sure to wipe in the direction of your area rug’s pile. Do not scrub.
  • Every two years you should have your area rugs professionally cleaned. They have equipment to help clean and dry the rug better than you can do on your own.
  • Consult with us about the proper padding to be placed under your rug. Padding is an important element and will both stabilize and protect your rug. Good padding also makes it safer to walk on your rug and will protect its value and appearance as well as your floors underneath your area rug.
  • If the rug is to be stored for a long time, make sure it doesn’t have exposure to light or air and be sure to vacuum or broom it before it gets stored.
  • What should you do if your rug gets damaged or frayed? Repairing a handmade rug, is very time consuming and labor intensive; as a result, repair can sometimes be costly. Therefore, when considering repairing a rug, factor in the cost of repair in comparison to the value of the rug.

This is just a quick list of tips to care for your area rugs and flooring. For more information or to browse our extensive collection of rugs please visit our website or one of our convenient locations!

Finish Decorating this Room

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The beautiful wood floor and simple furniture provides a nice beginning to decorating this room. What do the homeowners need to add to finish the décor? Let’s take a look at the options.

From a furnishings standpoint, the sofa is a good choice for seating needs, but an oversized chair or loveseat would be a great addition for more seating options. A coffee table and side table or two will provide places for drinks and snacks and give the room a more polished look. The choices are varied. They could choose black to help the other furniture pop, a darker wood to create a more cohesive look, or even glass and metal to show off that beautiful floor. The feel of the space leans toward modern, so simple lines would work best.

The next issue is color. The green pillows and throw point the room in a specific direction. Neutral colors such as blues and even a sprinkle of yellow could be added to stay with the white-based color palette. More green along with black would provide a daring approach to color in this room. A brightly colored area rug and some art will help define and enhance the color approach.

Finally, a sprinkling of accessories allows them to make the room totally their own. Whether the choices come from some favorite pieces inherited from a grandmother, a few hand-crafted items collected on various trips, or just an appealing vase from the shop down the street, accessories help define their taste and portray their style preferences to friends and other visitors.

The most important step, however, is to take time decorating. Find the elements that suit their sense of style and let each purchase help point them in the direction of the next. That’s the best way to create a room that works for them!