Choosing the right colour, design and texture is a personal taste. One of the best places to start is by asking yourself a few questions. Is your room formal or informal? Do you want an indoor outdoor rug that defines your decorating scheme or one that supports the decor? Are you looking for bright or subdued colours? What shape best fits your space?
With those thoughts in mind, let’s dig a little deeper to explore the wonderful world of colour, design, and texture.
Colour is an elusive and complex medium. Nothing can change the look of a room more than colour. From paint to floor covering, it is what binds the room together. In fact, some consider colour the pivotal element that can make or break a room’s design.
Since floor covering accounts for almost thirty percent of a room’s colour, it is important to determine the role it plays in your decorating plan. If your striped indoor outdoor rug is going to be the dominant element, choose a patterned rug with distinctive colour combinations. Use shades from the rug to select paints and accessories; then carry those colour themes into adjacent rooms with coordinating rugs.
If your rug is going to play a secondary role, then keep it fairly neutral. It can still be patterned, but in subtle tones that complement other furnishings and fabrics in the room. Should you decide to use your rug as a backdrop for other furnishings, selecting a textured rug – with a ground colour slightly lighter or darker than your walls – helps it quietly blend into the decor.
Selecting the right rug is a very personal one when it comes to design. Whether traditional or contemporary, what matters most is how the design makes you feel. The best decorating always reflects the personality of its owner.
Patterned rugs bring an air of richness and intimacy to larger spaces. They also provide instant personality and character, allowing you to create a certain style. A traditional, striped indoor outdoor rug may conjure up an English country garden, while a geometric rug creates a modern mood. Mixing patterns can be tricky. Remember, if the patterns are related by form, colour or texture, the mix is more likely to succeed.
When used together well, complementary patterns are excellent at defining spaces. Use them to create conversation areas in large rooms or to separate a dining area. Don’t be afraid to use them under tables where spills are likely to occur. Patterned rugs are much better than solids at disguising spots and stains.
Colour can be used to achieve drama and impact, but there is nothing like texture to elevate a room that lacks design. Texture is all about how something feels when you touch it. Everything in your home makes a textural contribution – be it rough, smooth, nubby or silky. A room decorated with chrome furniture, glossy paint and slate flooring might be described as “hard-edged and cold”. Warm, cozy textures, such as wool, are linked with comfort of home.
Blending textures can help balance a room. Cool surfaces such as leather, glass, and stone can be offset with the warm textural effect of a rug. A wool loop pile can be paired with a rich wall colour to bring warmth to a room that doesn’t receive much sun.
KIDS AND PETS
Since pets, like children, are prone to accidents, you’ll want to make sure your striped indoor outdoor rug is easy to clean. The best, most natural, choice for combating everyday mishaps is wool. Wool rugs are naturally superior because they have built-in stain resistant features. The scaly structure of the wool fibers holds dirt high on the pile, making vacuuming more efficient and effective.
In addition to fiber type, colour choice can make a difference as well. Multi-colour patterns are an excellent option if you have pets or small children because they mask spills as well as every day wear and tear. If you’re looking for solid-colour carpet, remember that light colours show dirt the most, while dark shades show more lint, dust and pet hair. In fact, if you have a shedding pet, you may want to match your pet’s hair to the carpet colour. Although it sounds ridiculous it can help make you home feel a little cleaner.
Noise is another factor to consider when you have kids and pets. Expanses of hard surface flooring can reverberate household noise. Using plush textiles along with fabric upholstery and window coverings can help absorb sound waves and make your home a more peaceful and relaxing place.
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