There are so many ways of adding an extra, fresh dimension to a room, including updating the style as well as comfort, colour and appeal but there is one key component can that bring all this and more to your room: rugs.
Modern rugs come is so many different choices of material, colours and patterns is can seem an impossible task to choose and so here we have created a quick guide to helping you out.
Let’s start with material
Rugs can be made from natural fibres or synthetic, occasionally in a mix of the two. But is one better than the other? Is one more old-fashioned? Is it too traditional for your modern interior?
Wool – soft, durable and visually appealing, there are any benefits in opting for wool. One is the natural oils that are present in the material from the moment it is shorn from the sheep, making it a durable and resistant material to a variety of stains and the vigour of modern family life. But if your think that wool rugs are old fashioned, take another look… now dyed in a range of colours and created in a huge number of patterns, the UK wool industry is experiencing something of a revival in recent years.
Cotton – another natural fibre that makes great rugs, simply because they can be dyed in a range of colours, from the stronger shades through to the pastel shades that are popular in 2014. They can be used in virtually any part of the home with many small enough to be washed in the washing machine, usually on a cold wash with minimal detergent.
Other natural fibres – seagrass and jute are two other fibres which are popular for people looking for natural materials for their homes. Easily cleanable, they fit in with many homes but are not so robust at withstanding the rigour of daily life but, they do offer great resistance to humidity in the bathroom.
Synthetic – the other material choice with rugs in man-made or synthetic materials. They hold their colour well and are relatively inexpensive compared to some natural fibre rugs but they can, according to some people, lack the softness and texture of natural fibres. But, not only are they robust, they can be cleaned using a variety of carpet cleaning substances or shampoos.
How the rug is made can also add a certain texture to a room, something that many people crave for when looking to modernise their homes. Once you have decided on the material, take some time to look at the construction of the rug and what it can offer you and your interior design.
• Hand-knotted is probably the most expensive rug in the market simply because it takes time, effort and skill, with each individual strand knotted by hand BUT, what you do get from a hand knotted rug is a strong, robust rug, usually made from a high quality material such as wool. However, if you plan on placing your rug in a high traffic area, you may find it soon buckled under the pressure of pounding feet! Robust but needs gentle care in exchange for a desirable rig that visitors will comment on for years to come…
• Hand-tufted is not to be confused with hand knotted but takes a reasonable amount of time. The fabric is stretched across a frame, with a chosen design printed on it and the material is then applied and created with a tufting tool, meaning it is simply pulled through the fabric. A careful process it produces a delightful rug, again for admiration and low traffic areas.
• Hand-loomed rugs offer an increase in design option that other construction process of rugs cannot offer. The designs can be intricate and different textures and finishes can be created too.
• Power-loomed is the construction technique used in many mass produced rugs, simply because it is fast and less labour intensive. What this means for the consumer, of course, is the ability to purchase a high quality rug, in various designs and colours that is a more cost-effective solution that the others.
Now you have an idea of materials and construction, which both inform the price of the rug, all you need to do know id decide on the colour and any pattern that you think will add an extra layer of modernity to your room or space!
Here’s a quick round up of 2014 trends when it comes to rugs…
Brighten up a room with a well-placed rug in one of 2014’s in colours: deep purples, with smattering of lighter shades of pinks is a real modern trend or maybe take a look at the array of blues on offer. For a real modern twist, select a colour palette that effortless flow from one end on the one-colour spectrum to the other, from the darkest of purples to the lightest of sugar pinks, for example.
Add a golden glow with a hint of gold or brass to be truly on top of the 2014 trends. Brass is the accessory colour, suitable for any home but choose a rug that complements this, in reach earthy tones and strong colours. Stay away from the almost luminous, bright brash colours, but don’t compromise on strength. Think golden glow!
Patterns are still very much in for the season on 2014, but the dotty patterns can be a real must. However, don’t think this has to be a mix of colours of a monochrome dotty rug is a 2014 must have – with a brief appearance by a third colour; opt for monochrome patterns with a third vibrant, strong colour, such as purples, blues or even a splash of turquoise, It is a nod to the strong colours of the 1980s, but is not a complete return to the block colours.
And finally, if you enjoy the warmth of the tropics bring the greens and the heat into your room, with a rug decorated larger-than-life vines or green shoots and leaves. Perfect for brightening any space.
Chris from TheRugRetailer has been selling rugs for over a decade. With thousands of products to choose from he has been providing sublime products all throughout the UK for 15 years. The Rug Retailer G+