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Using rugs for practical purposes

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice
Using rugs for practical purposes

Rugs may be a stylish addition to your home, but they can also have practical uses which can make them indispensable. Depending on the decor and the type of home you have, rugs can be useful for keeping carpets clean, making sure kids don’t slip and ensuring that wooden flooring is kept scratch free. There are all sorts of practical uses for rugs and they are a cheaper alternative to new flooring. Here are some of the practical uses rugs can have around the home.


Anti-slip rugs are great for those who have kids or pets. Although wooden flooring is easier to clean when children or pets make mess, it can also be slippy when they are active. Adding a rug can protect your flooring but it can also cause accidents if there is no anti-slip protection. An anti-slip rug or an anti-slip spray for your rug will help prevent it from moving around when kids or pets run across it. Accidents do happen so be sure to proof your home when you purchase your new cheap rug online.

Preventing scratching

Wooden flooring is very modern and is easy to clean and maintain. However, wear and tear can leave your beautiful wooden flooring looking lacklustre and can leave scratches. There are several ways to repair scratches but it is much easier to prevent them by using cheap rugs. Choose a round rug for smaller rooms and go for a large traditional rug for larger rooms. Your wooden flooring will last much longer and will be in tip top condition.

Keeping floors clean

Whether you have carpets or wooden flooring, a strategically placed rug can help keep flooring clean and new. Rugs are much easier to replace than carpeting or flooring if there is a major spill or stain. You may have children who often like to play with their toys on the floor or you may have very young kids who are still at the crawling stage. A cosy long pile rug can help make them feel more comfortable when moving around on the floor and will help prevent flooring stains. If you have a kids’ playroom, a large budget rug can help protect the flooring from spillages and scratches.

There are plenty of sale and clearance rugs you can choose from so you can replace your rug at a great price whenever you need to. Not only are budget rugs a stylish addition to the home, but they have their practical uses too!

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Taste is in the eye of the beholder, choosing rugs as decor

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice
Taste is in the eye of the beholder, choosing rugs as decor
When choosing to decorate your house, it is common practise to read decorating magazines, articles and websites to get ideas. It is, however, ultimately your choice in how you decorate your house and what you use to do so.

One of the most easiest and common decoration used to completely transform a room is a rug. Rugs can be found easily, they come in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours and textures. They can be simply added anywhere in a room to give it a completely different look.

Rugs can be the main feature of a room, for example, an area rug will fill most of the room and will be striking and will automatically draw the eye. You can hang rugs on the walls, rugs can be placed under furniture or hall runners can be placed around furniture or in the hallway. Rugs are so versatile that it really is up to the decorator to decide what to choose.

One has to consider what effect they want the rug to make on a room. Most people would want a rug in a place for visitors and the family to relax, but it could also be a welcoming hall runner or a beautifully artistic wall hanging in a busier environment. Many people would choose an aesthetically pleasing rug, perhaps with a geometric pattern for a contemporary look or an oriental rug for a classic, more traditional look. Shaggy rugs can give a great vintage look and wool rugs can be great for a neutral, soft look.

Taste varies from person to person. Whilst one person may prefer a traditional decorating style and colour scheme, another may prefer a modern style. Some like their colours to blend and match and some love them to contrast. When decorating with a rug, or several rugs, sometimes it is a case of trial and error in helping to decide the best look for your designated room. Whereas one rug might look fantastic in the shop, when bringing it home it might have completely the opposite effect. Before returning it however, try the rug in another room or maybe consider changing your decor to suit the rug rather than a rug to suit the decor.

It is not necessary to follow magazine’s and interior designer’s advice on rugs, just use your imagination and what you find pleasing to the eye.

Great ideas in shaggy rugs

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice
Great ideas in shaggy rugs
Shaggy rugs were a hit in the 60’s and now they are back with a more contemporary feel. They can revitalise and modernise any room in your house without overpowering the eye. Shaggy rugs come in all shapes and sizes, usually with a soft, luxurious pile of longer than one inch. Shaggy rugs can add texture and style to any room, if you have a plain room in your house, add a brightly coloured shaggy rug to transform the room instantly into one that brings colour and life.

Yellow Shaggy rugs with textured edge The best thing about using a rug as part of your decoration is that you can change your shaggy rug whenever you feel like it! They go with almost any style of decor meaning you can change the colour of your rug with the seasons or even your mood! Shaggy rugs normally come in a block colour, the most popular being sheepskin white. Why not drape a white sheepskin shaggy rug over the back of your sofa for a great artistic look, or even hang one on the wall for a really interesting look.

Shaggy rugs add instant warmth to cold tiled and stone flooring, they help protect carpets and wooden and laminate flooring, all whilst giving the room a focal point and a great area of interest. A shaggy rug can really compliment your decor if the right one is selected. If you have neutral tones then a brightly coloured shaggy rug can really tie together the decor whilst giving a really contemporary look. If you are looking for a more classic and elegant look then opt for whites and creams. When anyone considers decoration, the colour scheme is one of the most important issues to consider when buying new decor. A coloured rug can change the whole ambience of a room so it is important to choose carefully and to choose colours that compliment the already existing decor.

Due to the soft nature of these rugs they work really well in children’s rooms and nurseries. Opt for bright colours or pastel shades with matching cushions and bean bags for a really exciting room for your child.

When choosing a shaggy rug it is best to opt for a small to medium size as large ones can be very overwhelming. Natural materials such as cotton, wool and silk have no allergens like carpet can and are usually the best option when choosing a shaggy rug.

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The rugs under your bed

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice
The rugs under your bed

If your bedroom seems to be lacking something, then why not try a rug? A rug placed under a bed can completely transform a room, whilst giving it a new sense of style and vitality. A smaller sized room can really benefit from having a rug under the bed, as it creates the illusion of space and gives a feeling of warmth. A larger room can benefit from several rugs and runners. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, for example, a large round rug or even a few small ones placed partially under a bed can give a really unique effect. A rug that is much larger than your bed can help protect your floors whilst giving the bed and bedroom a modern look. If you have wooden or laminate flooring in your bedroom a rug can give a warm atmosphere and make bare bedrooms look full but not cluttered. Why not look for rugs with a border if you are deciding to go for a really sophisticated look.

Make sure you measure the width and length of the bed before purchasing your rug. If you decide to use a large rug for under your bed, add 15 inches to the sides and foot of the bed to ensure the rug is on show. Small rugs and runners can be perfect to surround your bed and can be cheaper than buying a bigger rug for under your which you won’t see a huge part of anyway. If you place the feet of the bed just overlapping a rug or floor runner, the majority of the rug or floor runner will be on show giving your bedroom a luxurious look without much effort.

Carpet Runners for a dark wood floor

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice

Carpet runners and small rugs are perfect for protecting your wooden floors, adding a sense of style without being overbearing. They are ideal in hallways or on stairs as often the requirement is something longer and more hardwearing than the average rug. They leave the edges of the floor visible to create a stylish look. They are also great for hiding worn and scratched floors. The worst of the wear and scratches should be in the middle of the flooring where people are likely to walk, so when the edges are left visible the floor should look almost new.

If you have a dark wooden floor and you would like a carpet runner to match then here are some ideas to consider: a light coloured carpet runner like white or cream will stand out on a dark wooden floor and can give a really great look but there’s a catch; they can look dirty very quickly! If you know your carpet runner will have dirty shoes or paws on it often then it would be better to opt for a patterned or dark coloured one to hide the stains and marks. Brightly coloured carpet runners can draw the eye instantly and give a brilliant contrast against a dark wood floor but ensure that the colour matches the decor in your home. If your home colour scheme is quite simple, with white or cream walls and a dark wooden floor then a splash of colour could be just what you need for a really unique and eye-catching look.

There are different variations of a dark wood floor, some contain hints of red, some are just plain brown and some are almost black! Those that contain hints of red should be paired with a deep red carpet runner or a patterned carpet runner with red contained within the pattern. This will create a consistency throughout your home and the carpet runner will give your home a sense of warmth and cosiness whilst maintaining the style.

Carpet runners come in more variations than you might think, if some areas in your house are carpeted with a pile carpet then it is advisable to choose a carpet runner with a pile rather than a flat weave to create a consistency throughout your home. Choose a carpet runner that matches the design and colour scheme of your home and decor to ensure maximum style with minimal effort.

Stunning Rug Designs for Dreary Days

 posted on Nov 17, 2016 by Rug Zone in Advice

It’s winter, you’ve come home from a long and tiring day at work and you have the February blues. It’s not all bad though, because you’ve chosen to decorate your home with stunning and vibrant rugs that really help to lift your mood.

We’re all told to keep our décor neutral, to use magnolia paint and have cream curtains in every room. But when it’s cold outside and the snow is falling thick and fast, all you really want is some colour and warmth in your life. By choosing rugs to complement your existing décor, it’s easy to update the look of your room without having to spend a fortune.

Urban and pop art inspired rugs are a great option to brighten up any home, and look particularly amazing against laminate or wooden floors and neutral colour schemes; the rug will be the focus of the room. If nature is your thing, why not choose a rug with a safari print such as giraffes or tigers - these are generally larger sized rugs that look stunning in light and airy spaces. If space is at a premium, choose smaller, brightly coloured round rugs that will look like polka dots against a wooden or carpeted floor.

With a nod to the swinging sixties, why not select a colourful rug for kids rooms, which will add a pop of instant colour and style to any contemporary home. You won’t be able to wait to get home and sink your feet into this beautiful rug, which will brighten up even the dreariest of days. Rugs with cityscapes are a popular choice amongst young professionals, whether you choose the New York or London skyline, the Eiffel Tower or a familiar street scene such as a New York cab. These modern rugs will leave a smile on your face whether you are heading to work or just getting in from a long day, and will ensure that you leave the house with a spring in your step.

If you’re proud of your heritage, say so with style and add a Union Jack or St George’s flag rug to your living room; if you’re from North of the border, then a tartan rug or runner in shades of bright red or blue should help you to feel right at home.

Remember when choosing rugs to brighten your home that vibrant colours will also affect your mood. The colour red will enhance whatever mood you are currently feeling and is said to be an aphrodisiac as well as enhancing appetite; a great choice for the bedroom or kitchen. Violet and blue coloured rugs are soothing and relaxing, whereas green rugs are vibrant and mentally stimulating. Choose a stunning rug to fit your personality and brighten up dull days.

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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