Thursday, August 30, 2012

What Size of Rug for My Room?

For a novice, rug size decisions aren't easy. There are those who believe that a rug should surround an entire seating arrangement, those who think it's OK to use a small rug in certain contexts, and those who have their own tried-and-true formulas for calculating rug sizes to the inch.

Choosing a rug in the right size can complement the whole room, accent furnishings, bring life to a droll room or make a subtle statement. If a rug is too big or too small, it may leave the impression of an unfinished or poorly decorated room. It really all depends on personal taste, budget, and the particulars of a room.

Before you select a new area or runner rug, you'll want to size the room. This guide will help you to select the right size and style for an area rug used in any room.

1. First, you'll want to decide where the focus will be: the rug itself, a specific item or a location. Take into consideration the colors, patterns and styles of the room and any furnishings or home decor to help coordinate your selection. If the room is large, you may want to use different patterns and sizes to help create a contrast.

2. To help visualize how a rug would fit, use masking tape to create a border on the floor where the rug will lie. A helpful hint when measuring is to leave an approximate 2-inch margin of error. You don't want the rug to be too big or too small for the intended area. Once you have the tape placed exactly where you want the rug, you can measure the length and the width and use that measurement to determine which size rug you'll need.

3. When measuring for furniture, it's best to leave an even space on each side of the rug. For example, if you want to place a rug beneath a dining set, the legs of the table and chairs should not extend beyond the rug's edges. For the center of a living room set, the rug should be about the size of the area where the furniture sits. Leave an equal amount of bare flooring between your furniture and each edge of the rug so it doesn't appear off-center.

4. For most coffee tables, a 4-foot by 6-foot rug or a 6-foot by 9-foot rug is recommended. Place the rug in a way that is right for the room. Not every room will have one rug right in the middle of the floor. For example, in a bedroom, you could place a rug at the foot or sides of the bed, or if there are two beds, you could place a rug in the middle.

5. Leave some room around the rug. When you place a room-sized or oversized rug, leave at least 12 inches between the edges of the rug and the walls for the best effect. Likewise, runner rugs should be a few inches narrower and shorter than the hallway.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Durability and Versatility of Cowhide Rugs

These days, cowhide rugs are considered one of the most stylish accessories you can add to any home. If you are planning to place a rug in your home or office to enhance the ambience, a cowhide rug could be the right choice.

Cowhide is a natural byproduct of the cattle industry. It is used to produce various products ranging from home decorations to fashion accessories such as bags and wallets. 

After they remove excess fat, meat, and preservatives from the hide, professional tanners employ a tanning process to ensure the production of high quality cowhide rugs. This process prevents the natural course of decay while enhancing its flexibility and durability.

There are two forms of tanning processes – the vegetable tanning process and the chromium tanning process. Vegetable tanned cowhide rugs are durable and have a natural looking quality because of natural ingredients, like tree bark, used in the process. On the other hand, the chromium tanning process uses chrome salt in its chemical solution to ensure that the finished product has uniform texture and soft to the touch. 

Cowhide rugs are available in a wide variety of textures and patterns, although the process of cleaning them is basically the same. In fact, unless otherwise stated in the instructions, there are no special cleaning procedures or equipment required to clean your rug. You can simply vacuum it or give it a shake outdoors to get rid of dust and other small particles. Never throw the cowhide rug in the washer or expose it to direct sunlight. Spot clean the rug using a damp soapy cloth or sponge and wipe it in the direction of the hair. 

When properly maintained, your cowhide rug can last for a long time; you can even pass it on to your children.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cowhide Rugs: Interior Design’s Little Black Dress

If you're looking for a rug, look no further than a cowhide. Like a little black dress, it can fit into a lot of situations from a casual modern home to a something more traditional or elegant (you can even throw it over a couch!). If you've got pets or small children, it's a good choice; cowhides can take a beating and they clean up easily.

The shape is fantastic, breaking the traditional rectangular form of most traditional rugs. They're organic and hypoallergenic in addition to being stylish.  They blend with just about any interior design style from minimal, to mid-century modernist style, industrial, to French country and Bohemian style. The black and white cowhide rugs are especially artistic as they make a room a little more abstract.

Interior designers know that cowhide rugs aren’t just a fad. They've been around too long for that to be the case. Do you have a cowhide rug? In the comments, tell us what you love about it!