Measuring for Accuracy

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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.


Sari Silk – The Ultimate Recycled Rugs

Sari Silk — The Ultimate Recycled Rugs
upcyclesariSome call it recycling; others think the process deserves a name with a more positive connotation. Thus, the term upcycling was born. Upcycling means taking something that would otherwise be thrown away — in this case, fabric — and making it into an even better product. In upcycling, the old parts do not equal the new whole.
Sari Silk rugs are an upcycling success story. Made from the silk that once graced the saris destined to be worn by Indian women, these rugs have become some of the most colorful, most imaginative, and most sought-after pieces on the market today. A sari is a four-to-nine-yard length of cloth, often silk, that women wrap around themselves as their garment.
sari5Upcycling Saris
The saris upcycled into rugs are typically composed of handspun silk. Since the rugs’ popularity has skyrocketed, women’s cooperatives in India have developed a cottage industry to create the vibrant silk thread that’s then used to hand-knot the fabulous rugs.
The women unravel unused saris by hand, fortify the extracted silk with cotton, wool, or other fibers, and then weave the threads into unique patterns that end up looking like pieces of art — which they are. The breathtaking creations, made entirely of this fortified sari silk, are saturated with colors and are so soft that you may find yourself wanting to leave the sofa to snuggle on the floor.
One-of-a-Kind Masterpieces
No two Sari Silk rugs are alike because of the variety of the source saris collected by the Indian women. Once the fabric has been hand-knotted into rugs, they become the one-of-a-kind masterpieces you can find at Rug & Home.
These hand-crafted works of art contain inconsistencies in their patterns and variations in their colors — elements that heighten their beauty instead of detracting from it. You will experience an infinite variety of sari1color in your Sari Silk rugs.
Caring for Your Treasures
These natural rugs are durable and will hold up for decades if you take care of them properly. Don’t place your Sari Silk rug in a place that receives heavy traffic, but do lay them on top of a quality rug pad, such as those sold at Rug & Home. You may also want to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Put your colorful work of art where it will be seen rather than trampled, such as by a corner sitting area, underneath a table or baby grand piano, or in your bedroom. Some owners love their rugs too much to walk on them, preferring instead to hang them on the wall.
Sari Silk rugs require gentle vacuuming with suction only, although you can have them hand-washed by a professional cleaner as needed.
It’s worth the little extra time and the effort it takes to care for a Sari Silk rug because they will last longer. In the end, you won’t think of them as upcycled or even recycled … you’ll just love and respect the beauty of your one-of-a-kind rug.

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!



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.

Feng Shui for Your Floors

Bring prosperity to your business with a rug that incorporates teal and square patterns.

To fill our world with happiness and fulfillment, we strive to get ahead, find love, laugh and stay healthy. Part of that satisfaction comes from making our homes comfortable. And it’s true: the colors and patterns in your home can affect your world. You can create an environment to help you be happy and fulfilled in your home by incorporating a little feng shui into your decorating plan.

Feng shui (pronounced fung schway) is the ancient Chinese technique of arranging your surroundings to bring you into harmony with the natural order of things. Feng shui operates on design principles. By adding certain colors to a room or rearranging your furniture, you can bring prosperity, peace, fame, wisdom, creativity, and well-being into your life.

There are five basic elements in nature that compose the feng shui practice: fire, metal, water, wood, and earth. Each carries complementary shapes and colors to bring desired effects. Incorporate those colors and shapes accordingly, and you can immediately begin to feel the changes in your life. By following a few simple tenets of the practice, you can create peace in places you currently find distress.

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Remodeling Without the High Cost

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Just like caveman days, animal prints are always in style.

Since the days when men and women lived in caves, they’ve been finding new ways to make rooms comfortable, appealing, and most of all, personalized. Drawing on the walls and throwing skins on the floor and furniture to remodel a living space seem to be cemented in the human DNA.

Remodeling a room is like suddenly living in a different place, but when you get tired of the same old same old, you don’t have to invest in an entire remodeling job. Instead, consider a few simple additions that will completely change the look of your room, brighten up your space, and add excitement to your home. Here are three simple and relatively inexpensive suggestions:

  1. Painting the walls
  2. Adding a new throw to your sofa
  3. Putting a new rug on the floor

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