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The texture’s under the coffee table

 posted on Oct 9, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
The texture’s under the coffee table

It is a well known fact that rugs come in a huge variety of colours, shapes, sizes and textures. When choosing modern rugs for your home it is important to consider the style of rug you think would suit best in your designated room. Many people place rugs under of items of furniture for a modern and instantly updated effect and one of the most popular places is under the coffee table.

A carefully placed rug under a coffee table in your living room can dramatically change the look of your room, instantly revitalising and modernising the style. When considering what size and type of rug to go for, think of the size of your room and your coffee table. Sometimes it is worth using an area rug with a soft pile to fill almost the entire room and placing your coffee table on that, and sometimes it looks better using a rug that only just overlaps the coffee table creating a statement effect that looks like something out of a designer catalogue.

When considering the texture of the rug it is important to look at the floor it is going on and the current decor. You don’t want to have a rug that will be too overbearing, but just eye-catching enough that it becomes the focal point of the room. A shaggy rug looks amazing under a coffee table especially when the legs give the illusion of sinking into the rug. This creates a warm and cosy atmosphere and an inviting place for your guests.

If you have a circular coffee table then why not consider a square wool rug to create a dramatic and modern effect. You can also get circular wool rugs for square coffee tables, or keep the shapes the same for continuity. When picking the colour, it is wise to keep in with the current colour scheme of the room and especially consider the colour of the coffee table. If you are lucky enough to have a glass coffee table then nearly any rug will go with this. A glass coffee table can really benefit from a patterned and brightly coloured rug with a thick pile as the colours will reflect off the glass and shine through creating a dazzling and eye-catching effect. If you coffee table is of a certain colour, wooden or plastic, then ensure the rug you choose matches this so you don’t create something that you will be disappointed in.

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Subtle and sensual rugs for the bedroom

 posted on Oct 8, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Subtle and sensual rugs for the bedroom

If you think your bedroom needs a new look then why not consider a rug? When deciding what rug to choose for your bedroom it is important to remember that the bedroom is usually a place of warmth and rest and your chosen rug should reflect this. With the variety of small rugs on the market you should never be short of options but here is some advice to help you make your decision.

It should be common knowledge that your rug shouldn’t be heavily patterned, if patterned at all. If you do decide to go for a patterned rug then ensure it is subtle and easy on the eye. This is because the bedroom is a place of rest and you shouldn’t have too much pattern and detail going on in this room. You should always try to incorporate your rug in with your current decor and style to ensure an even match. You wouldn’t want your rug to stick out like a sore thumb! The colour scheme should flow beautifully in a bedroom to ensure a place of calm and rest, allowing you to relax and feel comfortable in this room.

When considering the texture of the rug you should also consider what atmosphere you want your room to have. A soft pile or a shaggy rug can increase the cosiness and appearance of warmth in this room whilst creating a sensual effect. If you want to play it safe then a cream coloured shaggy rug is the choice for you. They go with nearly any colour scheme and decor and are unlikely to backfire on you when it comes to style. Shaggy rugs do come in a variety of colours so you can always choose one that fits in with your current colour scheme. Soft piles are great for the bedroom; a circular one placed under a bed can give an unusual but modern effect without taking away the cosiness and comfort of the bedroom.

Rugs in the bedroom should also have a sensual air about them. The bedroom should be an inviting place and rugs are one of the best pieces of decor to help you achieve this effect. Choose a classy and elegant rug, one that looks expensive but doesn’t have to be. You can always use several strategically placed rugs to create a really unique and sophisticated effect that you can admire again and again.

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Strong rug colours to suit the alpha male

 posted on Oct 1, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Strong rug colours to suit the alpha male

If your bachelor pad needs a new look then why not try one of the most understated pieces that can completely transform a room; a rug! Whether your choose an area rugs for the whole room or a smaller one under the coffee table, a rug can make a huge difference to the overall look and style of your room. Rugs can make a room look bigger and warmer whilst adding colour and texture instantly with minimal effort.

Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, when choosing a rug make sure the size suits the size of your home and the furniture you have in the designated room. There are hundreds of styles available, just chose one that goes with the theme in your home to create consistency and an overall stylised look. If your house is modern then opt for a modern rug. If it’s traditional then opt for a patterned traditional rug. It’s easy!

Often the hardest part is choosing the right colour of rug. It is important to make sure it suits the rest of your decor and furniture, as well as the floor you put it on. Whether you opt for a light colour, a dark colour, heavily patterned or plain it is important to remember that the rug can make or break a room so think carefully before you choose. If you are looking to make a statement, whilst making the rug the focal point then opt for a brightly coloured, patterned rug that can be a centrepiece. If you are just looking for consistency and to tie the room together then opt for a plain rug that matches the colours in the room without standing out too much.

A light room will benefit from a light coloured rug, but beware of stains! If your room has darker tones then a darker rug will suit. If you want a rug that fills the room then it is worth investing a bit more money for a heavy wearing one that won’t need much upkeep.

If you aren’t feeling brave then you can’t go wrong with a plain, neutral coloured rug. They go with nearly any style of room and are easy to find. If you are feeling brave then work with what you have already, a brightly coloured rug can really make a difference and create a talking point, but make sure people are talking for the right reasons and not the wrong ones!

Rugs that shrug off stains

 posted on Sep 28, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Rugs that shrug off stains

Rugs can be very hard to upkeep if you have children and pets as they tend to bring in the dirt inside with them! Even if you have opted for patterned rugs, sometimes the stains are just too obvious to hide. Rugs placed in areas with heavy foot traffic can be really worn and this can really show, affecting the overall look of your home. But fear not, polypropylene, a fibre used in some manufactured rugs is naturally stain and bleach resistant, capable of dealing with heavy wear and will retain your rug’s look and colour for a long time. There are two types, BCF and Heat Set.

Even in areas where there is heavy foot traffic, a rug that contains polypropylene fibres will resist most wear and tear. It is resistant to acids and therefore bleaches so you shouldn’t worry about any mishaps whilst cleaning! It is also stain resistant so little feet and paws shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

One of the main rug constructions that contain the polypropylene fibre is Wilton. They make rugs in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes, colours and textures so you will never be short of options! Although rugs that contain polypropylene are very practical, it doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish! There are hundreds of beautiful rugs available that contain this fibre, which ensures they stay beautiful. Whether you want a flat-weave rug, a short or long pile or even a shaggy pile rug, Wilton offer all of these with the polypropylene fibre so they last longer and can cope with heavy foot traffic and wear and tear.

Wilton rugs are both practical and beautiful, the more modern Wilton rugs have replicated Persian and Hand Knotted rugs meaning you can have the look without worrying about the damage. You might be thinking ‘what’s the catch?’ well, there isn’t one. Polypropylene rugs are actually quite low in price as the fibre isn’t an expensive one but the Heat Set type of polypropylene rug is slightly more expensive as the material is slightly softer than the BCF type. The rugs are colourfast and will not fade easily! They can cope with the demand of children and pets and are resistant to moisture, bleaches, abrasion, stains and wear. You can also wash them in the washing machine, if they fit, and are very quick drying. The benefits of the stain resistant rug are endless and there is no reason not to get one!

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Some wicked rug ideas for your floor

 posted on Sep 24, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Some wicked rug ideas for your floor

You’ve just decorated, you feel like something is missing. Or perhaps you just fancy a change? A rug, or several, can help you. Rugs can instantly change a room or a hallway, transforming it into a cosier, warmer and more stylish area that will be the envy of your visitors. A carefully placed rug can create space, giving the illusion of a bigger room and home, whilst adding style and bringing the whole style of the room together.

Rugs come in such variety it can be quite overwhelming! If you aren’t sure then stick to the basics rather than splash out on a loud rug that could stick out like a sore thumb. Try circular or oval rugs for under coffee tables or sofa’s to create a modern and sophisticated look. If you are looking for a traditional look then a large area rug with an ornate pattern can look fantastic, especially if smaller rugs of the same pattern are used throughout the home. Oriental rugs can look beautiful in a plain and simplistic room with minimal decor, or an Asian themed home.

Texture is important to think about as the difference between a shaggy rug and a wool rug can make a huge impact on the look of your room, for example sheepskin rugs can look classy when used correctly but that class can turn to crass when place with the wrong decor. Rugs can be used almost anywhere, a great idea is using a large traditional rug under the dining room table to create a statement and focal point to the room. This rug should be big enough to accommodate for the chairs, creating a great relaxed atmosphere with a touch of class. Rugs used in the bedroom should be fluffy and cosy to increase comfort and style to your place of rest.

Rugs are designed to enhance a home so choose one to really compliment your decor and furniture without creating a clash. You can create a new and unique style throughout your home by adding rugs to each area that balance well with each other, giving the style of your home a consistency that designers dream of. There are many ways to get ideas and advice for what rug to choose for your home, whether it be websites, magazines, designers or even friends’ advice, just make sure your home looks the way you want it to.

Just Picture the Rug on Your Wall

 posted on Sep 5, 2012 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Just Picture the Rug on Your Wall

If your walls are looking a bit bare and the usual decor just doesn’t do it for you then why not opt for a wall hanging rug? They can completely change the look of a room, transforming it into a stylish modern masterpiece without much effort. Rugs can be beautiful and distinctive so why hide them under furniture when you could display them on your walls! They could certainly create a talking point with your guests.

If you are thinking of decorating your home with a wall hanging rug? then opt for a patterned rug, choose a rug that matches the current decor in your designated room. Obviously the rug will have to stand out from the wall paper but also match as to not create an eye-sore. Rugs come in all sizes, shapes and designs so you will never be short of ideas! If you are not a fan of heavily patterned rugs, then heavily patterned wall paper with a plainer rug can also look just as fantastic. Just keep in with a great colour scheme and watch your whole room come together.

There are many websites that sell wall hanging rugs so take your time and browse the vast variety of rugs before choosing the one that suits you. Often these websites offer advice on what rug to choose depending on how you want your room to look, and the current decor you already have. Maybe you will see a rug you absolutely love but it just won’t go with what you have already, in this case why not consider a complete redecoration to suit your rug! You don’t have to choose just one wall hanging rug for your room, several rugs in different styles and shapes can make your room look fabulous! You can create a really unique look which will make your guests think ‘wow’! Wall hanging rugs can instantly create a sophisticated and modern look or even a traditional look on their own.

If you want to stand out from the crowd then try handmade rugs, where only a few of each style are made so you know that you have something that none of your friends will have. Many designers are very passionate about their rugs and although you may end up paying more than if buying from a high street store, you certainly won’t regret it with a one-off look that no one you know will be able to achieve.

When buying rugs on the Internet you don't have the ability touch and discuss the various qualities and features of the rug. Our blog is there to give you some of the advice and information that you may need before you complete your purchase. Please take you time to digest the information and if you can't find what you are looking for you can always give us a call on 0191 454 1972 during office hours.

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