RUG KNOWLEDGE: DECORATING
The first question you should ask yourself, is “How will the room be used?” Anticipating a room’s use has a very practical function: some rugs may be better suited to high traffic and activity areas than others. A dark colored rug, for example, will hide the dirt between cleanings more readily than a light colored rug and might be considered for a family room or entry way. A light colored rug, on the other hand, will help a small room seem a little brighter.
A well-decorated room is made up of a balance of color, texture, and pattern.
Color, in this sense, means value: light, medium and dark. You want a little of each. Different values give depth and interest to a room. A predominance of any one value will end up feeling a little “flat.” Think of value in terms of a good snapshot-a good picture isn’t underexposed (too dark) or overexposed (too light). Beautiful photographs have a complete tonal range from dark to lights.
Designers use a variety of words to describe texture: the “touch,” the “face,” the “feel.” Juxtapositions of texture create interest (hard and soft, smooth and coarse).
Finally, patterns are infinite in their variety. Florals, geometrics, stripes, plaids, and tiny repeat patterns (“minis”) are only the most common. With patterns, scale is the key: avoid a predominance of any one kind. For example a large floral patterned sofa and a striped arm chair on a repeat geometric pattern rug provide the right amount of visual contrast and balance.