As I search for an area rug for my living room I find myself busy looking at beautiful pictures of beautiful rooms that I’ve found on Houzz.com to help me in my search. Even if I don’t find the same exact rug at Home Depot I will at least have some ideas about what I want the final product of the room to look like. A friend of mine from high school named Christa suggested some things I should be knowledgeable about before going in to shop. For instance, she suggested that I think about the materials that a rug is made from in order to make an informed decision. Olifin, she told me, is a high stain resistance material that has low crush resistance. Right now I have a very cheap rug in my family room (as opposed to my living room where we don’t really live) that feels flat and has worn down quickly because it’s a high traffic area. Who knew there was this much to think about?
Another thing my friend Christa taught me was that Nylon is a happy medium of a wool rug that happens to have a really high crush resistance but that it doesn’t do well with acids. That’s a concern as a dog-owner who happens to love her pet but knows that she’s getting older and accidents might happen. She also suggested that I stick with natural materials due to the “off gassing” that comes from treated textiles that ends up polluting the quality of the indoor air that we breathe every day. Of course, now when I go into Home Depot to find a rug I will be asking all these questions.
With that said, I’ve been searching for hours to find the things that I like about rugs in rooms. Like I previously mentioned, I have the wood floors I’ve always wanted. There are pros and cons to having them but, overall, I am happy with them. What I’ve learned about having them is that they tend to hide things like food that my dog ends up licking off the floor but also that they are hard on my feet. It’s not good to be a heel-walker (which I learned I was once I bought this house) so I’ve found that I wear a lot more shoes or slippers in my home. On the other hand, it’s harder to create a warm atmosphere in a room with wooden floors. The whole first floor of my house has wood floors and the upstairs and finished basement have carpeting. I think what I really like about this is the variety.
Here are some pictures of rooms that I really like with some details about why I like them as choices for an area rug for my living room.
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