Measuring for Accuracy

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image from lowes.com

Before you buy a new rug, you should consider multiple variables: color, design, texture, and of course, size. Most people will have an idea of the color (or colors) they want because, if they are only buying the rug, it has to match their existing décor. Similarly, the design or style — whether traditional or contemporary — should also match the style of the room the rug is meant for.

Texture is a variable that depends on taste as well as function. Does the rug have to accommodate a lot of traffic? Does the rug have to fit beneath a swinging door or a dining table? Individuals will choose different textures, based on common sense and personal preference.

The Thing About Size

Size, however, is the most scientific variable. Anyone can determine the ideal size of a new rug by following a few simple steps:

1.First, measure your entire room, wall to wall. Use a good-quality measuring tape, if possible.

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2.On a piece of paper, draw the room dimensions in scale. Include doors, windows, fireplaces, radiators, and heating vents, where necessary.

3.Measure the existing furniture. Either add them to your drawing or, even better, cut out blocks of paper for each piece, so you can easily and quickly “rearrange the furniture.”

4.Next, measure the space you think you want to cover. Unless you want a customized rug (and are willing to spend the price for one), don’t get too specific. Measure out and mark off standard sizes: 4×6, 5×8, 6×9, 8×10 feet. One trick is to use masking tape to outline the rug’s Printdimensions.

5.Always double-check your measurements. Like the seasoned carpenter says, “Measure twice; cut once.”

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6.Go shopping! Find a store, like Rug & Home, that allows you to take the rug home and try it out for a day or a week. You’ll know immediately if it’s the right size, but you may need longer to judge the other variables.

Size Matters

We’ve already written about how to find the best size rug for your dining room and bedroom, so check our past posts to get that information. For other rooms, here are a few more tips:

A rug that isn’t properly sized for a room can make the room look uneven or unfinished. To make a positive impression — and more importantly, to give yourself and your family a sense of ease — lay a rug that fits the room.

Don’t size your space just with your eyes. A 6×9-foot rug that seems huge in the store may still be too small for the room once you get it home.

In your living room, place the rug so that your furniture sits either all the way on or all the way off the rug. The only exception to this rule is for a couch. If the couch has its back to a wall, you can get away with having only the front feet on the rug.

If you want to create a cozier space, subtract 1 or 2 feet (12 to 24 inches) from the length and width of the room, as determined in Step 1 above. Even hallway runners shouldn’t crowd the walls.

A new rug is like a new chair: you can tell in the store how comfortable it is, but you won’t know until you get it home how well it fits in to your life. Do your homework before you buy, but make sure you can return it if it doesn’t work.

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Presidential Suite: Redecorating the White House

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Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House. It’s a building with as long and colorful a history as the country itself. Today’s mansion contains 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, although the President and his family live generously in only 27 of the rooms.

Many Presidents have modified the White House in some way, whether by addition, modernization, restoration, or personalization. Who pays for this work? The taxpayers, usually: each new President is given a budget of $100,000 to redecorate. The White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation, often adds to the largess. In 2009, however, newly elected Barack Obama used only personal funds to redecorate. Continue reading

Making a House Your Home: Redecorating Tips

If you’ve been in the same place for years, redecorating can do wonders for your psyche and your soul. It’s not just about the change; it’s about making the place more your own. What follows, then, are some simple tips and tricks for making a house into your home.

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Take it one at a time. Don’t feel like you have to remodel or redecorate the entire house to make it your own. If time or money is tight, concentrate on one room at a time.

Change the color scheme. Color has power. Select one color to be the focus in each room and then use highlights and accents in a similar hue to add contrast. Too much color can be distracting.

Eliminate clutter. You may be surprised how much a cleaner space can clear up your attitude. It literally lightens your mental load. While you’re at it, create pathways so you don’t have to worry when moving from room to room. Continue reading

Dining Rooms Trends

classic diningAccording to traditionalists, a dining room must have a formal matching dining room set, preferably wooden. In a traditional home, these rooms are used only for special occasions or the occasional gathering, much like the good china and silverware. To complete the traditional setting, add lace doilies, a crystal chandelier, and an oversized Oriental rug. Keep the children out, wrap it all up in plastic, and you get the picture: it’s a room that’s rarely used.

Modern homeowners, however, want to use the dining room for everyday use. Fortunately, furniture and decorating trends have moved in the same direction, bringing the once little-used room back into the mainstream of daily living.

The first change is one that has been happening for years. Trends continue to make the dining wood & metal diningroom less formal and more livable. Take off the plastic wrap and break out the everyday dishes. Here are some other trends.

Dining Room Tables

The recycling craze has influenced the design of newest dining room tables. Furniture made of recycled wood has become commonplace. Chopping blocks, no longer relegated to the kitchen, have begun appearing in dining room furniture.

Moreover, an industrial look is replacing the shabby chic trends of yesterday. Thick, recycled, roughhewn wood paired with a silver or gunmetal base and legs have become accepted into the mainstream.

paula diningThe industrial look is inviting for a number of reasons. Homeowners at Rug & Home love the sturdiness of the wood and metal furniture. Not only is it trendy, but it’s practical. These dining tables ably set the stage for a meal and then serve as the worktable for the kids’ homework or latest school project.

Plus, these tables will last. They often weigh more than a small car.

Dining Room Chairs

Traditionally, a dining room set requires a matching set of six or eight chairs, whether the dining mismatched diningtable is used daily or just for special occasions. The latest trend, though, encourages mismatched chairs, creating a much more informal appearance that decorators and homeowners alike love.

Have you ever gone shopping for dining rooms chairs and found a half dozen that you loved, but felt driven to choose one and order seven more to match? Now you can buy one of each. You can mix colors, fabrics, and styles. Place a traditional Queen Ann chair beside an industrial gunmetal seat. Set a few chairs around the table with seat cushions beside plain wooden seats.

If you want something really different, good news: the bench is back. Benches have become an integral part of the communal dining spirit that’s transforming eating areas around the country. Benches can be made of recycled wood and matched with similar chairs, or they can stand on their own, covered in leather in complete contrast to your ladder-back chairs. Alternatively, go with two benches and two side chairs.

Regardless what you choose, remember that dining rooms are now considered informal places to eat every day. Make your dining room a comfortable extension of the rest of your home.

Kannapolis New Arrivals

If you have been into the Kannapolis showroom recently, then you have seen and felt the comfort of our newly arrived Comfort Designs leather sectional.  This sectional, like other models available from this brand, can be customized in a variety of leathers, but we love this piece just the way it is!

Tell us what you think of this room!  We would love to know your opinion!

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Trend Alert! Winter in White

You may have snow outside your window this winter – or not. But you can enjoy the bright and cozy combinations that winter white allows inside your home this year.

White isn’t only for summer, as seen in the myriad of outfits trimmed in white fur, paired with off-white cashmere sweaters, worn with oyster-shell white wool pants and pulled together with a touch of color in a dazzling hunter green scarf trimmed in bright white fringe.

You can create the same show-stopping arrangements in your home when you turn your bright white hot summer room into a warm, inviting white winter wonderland.

Winter white, in all its creative variations is a trendy color to wear for the 2012 season – and it’s all over the home furnishing fashion pages. Paint giant Benjamin Moore even carries a newwinter6 color called – that’s right, Winter White.

You don’t have to go so far as to paint your entire room, though that’s a good place to start to freshen up a space for the holidays. (You can roll on a quick coat over light-colored walls in one afternoon.) A plush white leather recliner, a new white linen sofa and side chair, white-washed dining and end tables look thoroughly modern against your holiday greens and bright red poinsettias.

winter9Don’t try to match whites. It’s never going to happen. Instead, embrace the many shades of white, from eggshell to oyster, cream and ivory. The great thing about decorating with winter white is that all shades complement each other. Unlike the nuances you see in an orangey-red or blue-red, whites don’t hold other variations from the color wheel. They’re all just tints from the same base.

If you don’t want to completely redecorate at this busy time of year, introduce touches of the trendy winter white in your accessories. Start by stringing white lights throughout your house and on the tree. White lights have long been favored by the traditionalists who opt for style over substance.

Rug & Home carries a nice selection of lamps with art décor themed white lamp shades that will spiff up a lost corner that formerly held a stocky brass lamp or worse – no light at all.winter in white image2

winter7Create a centerpiece of decadence on your floor with a thick, plush white rug from Kas. Their white Bliss rugs are the ultimate in rich winter white wonder that will transform your space. And the price is reasonable enough that it won’t break your gift and holiday decorating budget.

Wear white proudly this winter and entertain in luxury when you accent or surround your space with the glorious shades of white that are all the rage.