When decorating a home or apartment, flooring is an area often overlooked and underappreciated. Dedicating attention to this decorating element, however, can prove transformational for almost any room. For well-being and personal comfort, investing in home improvements is a worthy cause. If you do not have the time or finances to commit to major construction efforts, an area rug can do wonders to home flooring.
Wool area rugs can be found in such a variety of different sizes and styles that almost any interior could be matched with a good fit. The Alma collection from Chandra Rugs offers high quality products that are traditional in material and shape, yet contemporary in design. They are the perfect modern accessories for a room that needs a bold touch. Designs are geometric but subtle enough to avoid the risk of taking over a room. Color schemes tend to be quieter, earthy tones, and all styles are made of 100% hand-tufted New Zealand wool.
For an exotic statement, consider the Chandra Amazon collection, which features blended wool area rugs with five different styles of animal prints such as zebra and leopard. This choice is on the adventurous side and should be paired with more reserved décor to maintain a good balance. These area rugs may not be a good pick for a family room, but they are perfect for a bachelor or bachelorette pad.
Braided rugs can also be placed in virtually any room of a house with the assortment of sizes and shapes available. Sizes range from small entryway mats to large floor coverings, and typical shapes are oval, round or rectangular. Fabrics include wool, chenille polypropylene, nylon, cotton and polyester. The braided area rug style often portrays a traditional, early American ambiance. These styles are warm and welcoming rather than flashy or modern.
The Brook Farm collection by Colonial Mills, includes traditional, country-living styles in pleasant color schemes. These rugs add a classic look to any living space and are made of 100% naturalized polypropylene. The products are stain resistant, reversible and can be placed in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Six different flat braid varieties come in eight color multi designs with schemes such as “Blackberry,” “Colonial Blues,” and “Natural Earth,” that all suggest a rustic feel.
Additional options in this category are the Four Seasons braided rectangle and square rugs designed by the renowned fabric designer Lynette Jensen. These area rugs are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, with flat and corded braids. The alternating “potpourri” style will bring out all the color accents of a room, and color schemes have a focus on warmth and comfort.
Sisal area rugs, a natural fiber variety, are a good choice for outdoor living spaces such as sunrooms, screened-in porches and patios. Designs range from a more pure and rough look to refined and dyed designs. Other natural fiber area rugs can be found in the Seagrass collection. These area rugs have 100% natural fiber bases constructed of seagrass, mountain grass or tulip grass. Customizable fabric borders add elegance, and sizes can also be tailor-made. Seagrass area rugs have a smoother weave, with a hazelnut tone, and border options, such as sage, dark blue and brick, accompany this material well. The natural look of Sisal area rugs makes them a great accompaniment for a tropical vacation home or cabana.