The weather is still warm but we have begun to look at this winter’s carpets with enthusiasm and impatience. If you also love the warmth and special character that a carpet gives to any room in the house, come and see together all the key points you need to know before making your choice!
Buying a rug is a difficult process as there are so many sizes and designs available. We will list some tips below, which will help you choose the right size, quality and design of carpet you wish to buy.
What quality of carpet should I prefer?
Polypropylene carpets: It is one of the most popular raw materials for carpet weaving in recent years. Polypropylene is usually heat-treated to heatset, which makes it softer, more durable and anti-static. Anti-static means that dust, hair and mites cannot enter the composition of the carpet, so it is very easy to clean with a vacuum cleaner. It is this quality that makes it ideal for people suffering from allergies, for homes with pets or for children’s rooms. Polypropylene is used a lot in machine weaving rugs because of its affordability, which means you can find fantastic and practical rugs at very good prices.
Woolen rugs: Woolen rugs are an excellent choice as they provide comfort, warmth and a sense of luxury to a space and installation. Wool is a natural material, environmentally friendly, which keeps the house warm and largely keeps out any noises. It is a fairly durable material due to its elasticity, which ensures a long life and very good behavior in the appearance of the carpets, which remains unchanged for many years, even with daily use. Wool carpets are easy to clean without requiring any special maintenance. Like polypropylene, wool is anti-static, making it easy to vacuum and suitable for homes with allergies or pets and children’s rooms.
Among their disadvantages we would put the fact that they are sensitive to sunlight (they are likely to fade their colors when they are exposed to the sun for many hours of the day) and also they should not be placed in areas with suspected moisture, as they are very sensitive to mold .
Cotton rugs: Cotton rugs are a more economical option and over the years they are gaining more and more ground as they come in many different designs and weaves, making their presence felt in tasteful spaces. They are not as warm as woolen ones and are generally indicated for areas with milder winters.
Cotton is a natural material that is often combined with either acrylic or polyester, is relatively easy to clean and does not cause allergies. Cotton rugs can be hand washed while the smaller ones stand out for their ease of washing in the home washing machine.
Acrylic yarn carpets: This is a very versatile material with a special elasticity, which offers companies the possibility to create many different designs with bright colors. It is soft in texture, easy to clean and washable with water. It does not cause allergies and is quite durable. There are plenty of rugs made with acrylic yarn at attractive prices and designs to suit any space.
Jute rugs: This is a natural material that we love a lot in recent years, as more and more companies have included rugs in their collections. In essence, it is a type of matting that is an ideal material for summer carpets, while it is often preferred in small sizes as a decorative proposal on top of larger carpets (layers) or e.g. in front of the fireplace. Water and green soap are recommended for cleaning jute rugs.
Viscose rugs: Viscose or rayon is a synthetic material woven in such a way that its texture resembles luxurious natural materials such as wool, linen or silk. Viscose rugs are usually very affordable and you can find them in a variety of colors and sizes, but be careful with their placement as viscose is vulnerable to heavy use. It peels and turns yellow if any liquid (even water) falls on it, which is why it is often combined with other materials such as wool or polyester to make it more durable. For the above reasons viscose rugs are mainly decorative elements and we would suggest avoiding them if you have a house with a lot of movement, children or pets or if you suffer from allergies.
Whichever quality you choose, it is important to be informed from the beginning about the maintenance of your carpet, so that you can properly check its greater durability over time.
How to decide the dimensions?
Carpets are available from manufacturers in a wide variety of sizes. Each carpet essentially delimits the space in which it is placed, therefore we are informed about some basic tips and then we follow our personal aesthetics and of course our pocket!
First of all, we start from the dimensions of the space where the carpet will be placed, what use this space has and what furniture is in it.
First rule: We do not let the halal touch walls, but we prefer to leave a large margin from the end of the carpet to our wall, about 40-45 cm for a large space and 20-25 cm for a smaller one.
Carpets for the living room: One option is to get a large carpet and place all our furniture (sofa, coffee table, armchairs) on it. This option gives a sense of luxury to the space but requires a very large rug.
The most common option is for the legs of the sofa to rest on the carpet. This approach gives a sense of order, harmony and purity to the space, without “suffocating” it.
Finally, if the living room is very large, the carpet can be placed in the middle of the room and the furniture placed around it. With this choice, the carpet becomes the center of the living room and adds a special personality to the space. The basic rule says how the dining room chairs should be on the carpet even when they are open, that is, when we pull them out to sit. In other words, we calculate about 60 cm outside the table to measure what carpet we will need.
Carpets for bedrooms: A very nice option and depending on the square footage of our room is to place all the furniture on the carpet. In this case, in order for our carpet not to look “poor”, it should definitely extend at least 30-40 cm outside our bed.
Another option that has more and more loyal supporters lately is the “half bed”. In this case we place a carpet under our bed which we make sure goes 30-40 points out of the bed at the bottom and reaches right and left so we don’t step on our bare feet when getting off it.
Finally, the classic options are the runners that are usually sold in sets of 3 pieces and are placed one on the right, one on the left and one at the bottom of the bed.
Carpets for the children’s room: Here, the bigger the carpet, the better it is for the child since it will not only keep his room warm but also provide a large surface for playing. You can choose a large rug in a timeless design that will stay in the space from the nursery to the adult room and combine them with smaller affordable rugs that will follow the child as he grows and renew the space at a small cost.
Carpets or rugs for the kitchen: Kitchen rugs and runners add color, flair and style to the space. If you install a carpet in the kitchen, it is better to calculate some smaller mats that are easy to clean for in front of the sink and/or the kitchen.
What style of carpet should I prefer?
If your home is decorated with quiet colors on its main surfaces (walls, large furniture, curtains) and without very bright elements, then you can choose a carpet with a more intense color or pattern, a choice that will transform your entire space, giving tension and spark.
If your space is already loaded with colors or patterns, it’s a good idea to choose a quieter rug so that the eye can rest and highlight the elements you’ve already chosen with the right amount of intensity. Of course, in all of the above, the size of the room for which your carpet is intended plays a big role, as in a small space, bright patterns and colors have the risk of “clogged” like the result.
Also, if you have already chosen a strong pattern, for example curtains in a large floral pattern, it is advisable not to choose a similar pattern on your carpet, so that the space is kept in balance. A floral curtain in beige brown burgundy colors for example, you can combine it with a monochrome carpet in brown tones or a striped one.
Finally, the trend of layering is also very popular recently – we have presented it here, where various small colors are placed, for example jute on top of larger ones, giving a boho character to the space.