Rugs 50 Ideabooks

I often get asked “What are the rules in selecting the size of rug to use in a room?” It can prove to be hard deciding what size rug is best for a space as there are so many “rules” and just as many opposing opinions. One popular rule is that the rug should be large enough to slide under the front legs of...
Have Your Own Red Carpet Moment Anytime
The red carpet has a long history as a symbol of welcome. Back in 458 B.C., Aeschylus wrote about Clytemnestra welcoming Agamemnon’s return from Troy with a crimson path. Rumor has it, Joan Rivers was waiting for him at the end. Today the red...
17 Gorgeous Ways to Work In a Patterned Area Rug
When it comes to area rugs, we often take the safe route, opting for solid designs and neutral colors. But a patterned rug or two can unify disparate elements in a room and make a sea of plain upholstered pieces suddenly come alive. Our ancestors...
10 Reasons to Try a Moroccan Rug
You've seen them staring up at you from the floors of some of your favorite home photos and even in posh modern hotels. Moroccan carpets have become something of an obsession among the design crowd, and if you haven't yet hopped on the bandwagon, here...
12 Ways to Work With Rugs for Warmth and Beauty
It's confession time: I have a rug habit. If someone were to ask me what my favorite thing to buy is, without a doubt I'd say a rug. I've developed a close relationship with my rug vendor over the years; he's taught me everything I know about rugs. After...
Don't Touch Another Stain Before You Read This
Put the OxiClean down and step away from the coffee spill. Unless you want that carpet or sofa permanently stained, there are a few things you should understand about fabrics and how they react to different liquids. “There are so many different...
Get Those Carpet Stains Out: Best Nontoxic Methods for Spot Cleaning
Carpets and rugs are comfortable underfoot, but they're also magnets for stains. From holiday gatherings to everyday use, carpets and rugs often take a lot of abuse. But keeping your floor coverings looking their best is easier than you may...
How to Combine Area Rugs in an Open Floor Plan
Cattle are meant to roam free. Furniture? Not so much. Without something to contain it, furniture can end up feeling ... adrift. This is especially true in an open floor plan, where there aren’t...
On Trend: Antique Rugs to Dye For
A wave of antique Turkish rugs in unexpected colors has landed on our shores, and interior designers are using them in spaces from traditional to contemporary. The rugs are well-worn antiques that have been redyed in eye-catching bold hues, elegant grays...
Discover the Rug Type Everyone Wants
I recently tried to order a certain flat-weave rug for a client, but it was completely sold out everywhere I looked. Now this rug was no Hermès bag, but I can't say I was surprised. Flat-weave rugs have become a must-have item in home decor. They dominated...
How to Choose an Awesome Area Rug No Matter What Your Space
I grew up in homes with wall-to-wall carpeting and didn't know the beauty of a hardwood floor until my late 20s. Moving into a newly built condo in the heart of downtown, I was faced with what seemed like acres of gleaming wood floor. I loved the...
Things Are Looking Up for Artistic Floors
Use pattern and color to spice up your floors, and you will never look back. From tile and wood to area rugs galore, there are a host of choices for spicing up the floor. Don't settle for boring surfaces underfoot. Get inspired to make a statement on...
Set Staircases Racing With a Striped Stair Runner
While my current home is a staircaseless bungalow, I dream of one day owning an abode with a grand stairway decked out with a funky striped runner. I like to think of staircases as large-scale pieces of furniture in need of upholstering. And what better...
Tasteful Ideas for Traditional Dining Room Floors
What's under your dining table is just as important as what's on top. Dining room flooring can be tricky — it needs to be practical, but in a room that usually has fewer accessories and spots for personality, the flooring is one of the few major elements...
8 Secrets to Pairing Patterns With an Oriental Rug
Early in my writing career, I interviewed a designer who had used variations of the same color in her home for 20 years. When I asked if she'd ever thought about getting rid of everything and starting the palette over from scratch, she gave me a long...
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