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Rug color and pattern

 Color of your rug, or carpet, creates certain visual effect, emotion, and an atmosphere. Individual perceptions vary, but most of us will be affected similarly. Here's a brief overview of what are out typical responses to colors and patterns. It may help you decide what rug color and pattern type is best for your room.

Cool colors toward the blue end of spectrum create calm, relaxing atmosphere - good for rooms where you rest, or sleep. The closer it gets to the yellow/red end, the more of warmth, stimuli and excitement is in the air. Also, light, saturated colors give uplifting, optimistic feeling. Light, dim colors expand space. Darker, dull colors, have more of a balancing, inert effect. While both, man and women, prefer light over dark interior colors, women are likely to prefer soft over strong, saturated colors, and man the other way around.

Avoid extremes. Studies have shown that grayish, sterile interior causes boredom, transforming into stress. On the other hand, a warm colored interior with intense colors and contrast will likely feel unpleasantly overpowering. What seems to be working best for most people is a worm-colored interior with moderately intense colors and mid- to low contrast.

An interesting effect is tied to the color blue. It's been shown to be an appetite suppressant. According to your preference, you may - or may not - want to have it dominant in your dining room.

As for rug or carpet patterns, intense, broken or contrasty pattern can be unpleasantly distracting. On the other hand, overly simplistic patterns or solid colors usually leave something to be desired. Look for a lively, elegant, non-intrusive patterns. The word is: balance.

Rug pattern choice can be determined by the expected traffic exposure. For high-traffic areas, a randomly diffused pattern in mixed neutral lighter and darker colors usually works best.

More often than not, your rug or carpet is to fit into an existing color/pattern scheme. In such case, it is good to keep in mind a few general pointers.

As a part of the room decor, your rug or carpet should be either:

(1) complementary,
(2) dominant element of the decor, or
(3) left in the background

to accentuate the dominant decor element. Rug color and pattern should by chosen accodingly.

Which one will work best depends on how strongly accentuated - or physically significant - are other decor elements present in the room. The more of an accent, or physical presence other elements have, the more the rug, or carpet, needs to be complementary to the surroundings, or left to blend with the background. And vice versa, the more understated surroundings, the better grounds for a dominant, beautiful area rug.

Carpet and rugs terminology - This sounds like a school class - but this is the one you don't want to miss. An educated buying decision translates into a buying success, and that is your goal. Certainly, understanding carpet and rug terminology is something you need for enjoyable, successful shopping.  And it is not as simple as it may seem at first...

Construction - Simply put, rug or carpet construction is a particular way of putting it together. Whether produced by hand, or by machine, they are made in a certain way. This includes all that is done to come up with a finished product: from tufting or weaving the yarn to dyeing and applying chemical or other treatments...

Materials - Nearly all of materials used for rug and carpet construction are in their face-fiber and backing. It is usually the face-fiber material that gets most of attention and consideration. This is because the rug/carpet fiber forming its face is most exposed, both, visually and physically. Hence it is the main determinant of appearance quality and retention...

Environmental effect - Most materials, natural or synthetic, have some environmental impact, and those used for carpets and rugs are no exception. Health hazard comes mainly from rug and carpet being outgassing potentially toxic fumes, as well as from rug and carpet mold (mildew) infestation...

Label and warranty - Rug/carpet label and its warranty can give important information and indications in regard to its quality level. Getting familiar with their contents is time well spent. Here's what you should look for...

Area rug size and shape - In somewhat different ways, area rug size and shape have both, functional and aesthetic aspect. At first, one would say that area rug's size is pretty much determined by dimensions of the space it is intended to. In reality, the decision on how large area rug will be, and whether it is to be square, round or of some other shape, should come after careful consideration of not only room's size and geometry, but also typical traffic patterns, form and arrangement of other objects and decor elements present, as well as the intended use of the room, or space...

Design style - Possible variations in the visual characteristics of the rug/carpet face - its design - are literally countless. They come from visual rug/carpet attributes created by both, fiber coloration, and its dimensional appearance. Luckily, all this immense variety is being channeled, fairly efficiently, into a few main classifications...

Carpet and rug buying checklist - The two main aspects of every rug or carpet are (1) its aesthetics and (2) practicality. Once you find the one that has the right looks, the next step is to check out how appropriate are its materials and construction type to its intended use. In other words, what is its quality level. The following checklist will help you figure that out...

Rug and carpet care tips - From the moment a new rug or carpet enters your home, certain steps and procedures should be followed to ensure its functionality and appearance retention. They are related to placement and installation, as well as carpet or rug care and maintenance. Here are the main pointers.

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