You can't go wrong when it comes to beautiful area rugs, right? I mean, you purchase a stylish rug, situate it near a special piece of furniture and wait for the compliments to come rolling in. Well, unfortunately, few things in life are as simple as they sound, and area rugs are no exception. As we speak, millions of Americans are unwittingly making one or more of the most common—not to mention avoidable—area rug mistakes. Are you among them? Check out the list and find out for yourself (we won't tell anyone, but your friends and neighbors might not be so forgiving).
1. Placing Two Equally Sized Rugs in the Same Room By placing multiple area rugs in the same room, you can divide up the space in appealing ways, creating a contrast that adds instant dimension to any living environment. The key, though, is to vary the sizes and shapes of your area rugs. If you have two identically sized rugs situated parallel to one another, you end up with a division that creates the illusion of less space.
2. Choosing the Wrong Colors Every color has its place, but not every place is suited for every color. For instance, if you have small children or pets running around, you might want to avoid lightly colored rugs, as stains will appear magnified. Also, when choosing area rugs, you have to keep the entire room in mind. It's so easy to get swept up in the beauty of a particular rug, but if that rug happens to clash with your walls or a nearby piece of furniture, it's going to stick out like a sore thumb (forgive the cliché).
3. Layering Don't misunderstand. Layering rugs isn't a bad thing, in and of itself. In fact, layering can really take your decorating efforts the next level. The problem is that so few people know how to layer rugs properly. For instance, you want to incorporate similar shapes but different sizes (the base rug needs to be larger), and the colors should contrast with one another without clashing. If you're not sure about color matching, just ensure that at least one of your rugs uses a neutral color scheme.
4. Choosing the Wrong Materials Are your area rugs starting to look a little tattered? Far too many rug manufacturers use cheap fabrics like cotton, and as a result, the fibers fall victim to excessive foot traffic, wearing out after only a few years. When it comes to rugs, it's critical to shop for durable, natural fibers like sisal, wool and jute. Even if you have to pay a bit more, the return on your investment will be enormous.
5. Having No Area Rugs at All The single biggest area rug mistake: underestimating the importance of area rugs in completing a room. Far too many people neglect this simple but critical aspect of home décor, because it quite simply doesn't enter their minds. It may seem like a small thing, but even a simple rug can completely bring a room together.