The foundation of any cozy room is flooring.Start with a great area rug and the rest will fall in place. Rugs add a welcoming and warm feeling for each space and create individuality. At Henck Design, we use our knowledge of rugs to space out rooms, add textures and colors into a space and add finishing touches to that beautiful design of yours. We know that rugs draw you into a space and that is very important in a design. Check out our Pinterest board, where you will be able to find 199 ideas of Rugs for Every Style!
There are a lot of reasons for using rugs, besides esthetics. And that is why it is important to know what kind of rug will suit best for your space. The key is to figure out what purpose your rug is serving. You may be thinking, does it have a purpose outside of being soft and pretty? It does! Multiple purposes.
First, rugs can help visually extend the room. If you find your entry, staircase or hallways feeling narrow, the best way to resolve this design issue is to find a runner rug, which will suit best for your space. A hall runner will help to create a visual pathway for your interior. It will expand your entry and make it airy and spacious. Another important benefit of having a series of rugs in your home is that they can zone off or connect spaces where it’s needed. For example, having a rug in a large living room can help the esthetic of the layout of the room, creating cohesive and complete design feeling. Check out how well this technique worked out in our interior project in Newtown Square!
Layering rugs is something else to consider while thinking about emphasizing your favorite space. This design technique helps to draw attention to the center of your room, bringing all the “floating” furniture together and creating one beautiful picture. And of course, let’s not forget about rugs’ initial purpose – esthetics. Carefully chosen rugs can improve interior space by adding unique textures, patterns, and colors.
The next step after you choose the purpose of your rug is to pick the rug itself, and here it gets a little harder. Depending on the rug weaving technique, which there are at least 5 major ones: hand-knotted, hand-tufted, handloom, flat weave, and power-loom, space can get a certain atmosphere and influence the vibe in the room. The most popular type is hand-knotted rugs, such as the very popular Turkish and Persian rugs. These rugs are usually priceless collectibles. They add a luxurious and authentic feel to your space. If you prefer the durable maintenance and eclectic style of your rugs, hand-tufted, and handloom rugs are just for you! The process of making such rugs is easier and faster than hand-knotted kind, but the final look is very similar to the gorgeous Turkish rugs. Check out how well this handloom rug blended into our coastal-inspired project on our website!
Flatweave and power-loom rugs are examples of budget-friendly, multi-purpose floor coverings. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and won’t cause any issues with its maintenance. They also don’t shed as much as the handmade rugs.
After deciding which technique will suit best for your space, time to look up which material will meet your needs. As we already mentioned earlier in our “Personality & Pattern: Area Rug” blog article, it is important to pick the right technique and material for your home accessory, so it can help to tie together a room regardless of whatever pattern or color you choose. For each technique, there is a certain material that is used to create a unique rug. Materials are the ones that determine price and durability. Cotton, silk, wool, and jute are very common for the hand-knotted technique. Those materials can also be combined into a single hand-knotted rug. Henck Design used one of these hand knotted rugs in our project in Northeast Philadelphia. Inspired by Turkish rugs, Henck Design picked an authentic dark contrasting rug, which blended perfectly into the neutral design of the living room.
Wool is also popular for hand-tufted rugs, in addition to all other natural materials. The combination of different materials is more common, which allows the process to be faster, and makes rug maintenance – easier. Machine-made rugs are usually made of synthetic materials, such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene. Depending on personal needs and preferences, machine-made rugs can work well in your interior and blend in any design. Some of the machine-made rugs are extremely durable and can last for over 20 years! Besides having an indoor rug made out of synthetic materials, you also can purchase an outdoor version of it! Polypropylene, as opposed to wool, prevents the rug from absorbing water and becoming a breeding ground for mold or mildew.
As you can see, the variety of rugs is unlimited. And sometimes picking the right one, out of infinite offers, can be a hard decision to make. Henck Design is here for you to help you make the right decision. Our new showroom and office is now open on the Famous Fabric Row in Philadelphia and we are inviting you to come to visit us! Check out our Virtual Showroom Tour on Instagram!
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