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Going Casual: Easy Care Carpets

Jun-12-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Choosing a carpet for a casual room means choosing something that is stylish and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. Rooms like family rooms, game rooms, playrooms and finished basements are places to hang out and spend time with friends and family.  You’ll want to find a carpet that looks great but is durable too.

Carpet materials like wool or blends can resist stains and work well in casual rooms. Natural jute or choir rugs add texture while keeping things casual.  A fine textured rug like saxony that shows foot traffic and vacuum marks probably isn’t the best choice for a casual room. Berbers, shags and low pile rugs would be better choices.  Don’t forget the pad when adding carpet to a family room or playroom. If you’ll be playing or sitting on the floor you’ll want the extra cushion from a quality, thick pad.

Floor tiles are a popular option as they can be combined to create custom color palettes and patterns.  A nice feature is if one gets a stain, you can simply remove it and replace it without having to replace the entire carpet.

Colorful and patterned area rugs and carpets are great choices for bringing interest to a casual room.  Add a complementary color from the wall or furniture colors for a strong contrast; pick a similar shade to wall color for a more unified look. Think about patterns, swirls, geometric and stripes, whether in texture or colors to add another design element to the room.

Visit us online for many casual flooring options.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

Jan-23-2011 By creatingyourspace

Imagine sitting at that beautiful piano to play on a nice afternoon. If you are a pianist, you will discover a problem immediately. This piano faces toward the window, leaving the sheet music in shadow rather than having the outside light fall on it.

Would you rather play at night? None of the lamps are close enough to give enough light to read music. Reading music requires as much light or more than what’s needed to read a book. While lovely, it’s clear that no one in this home plays.

Part two of what’s wrong with this picture comes from the window treatments. At the left, the window covering is a simple drape of fabric with some trim. The bow window, however, seems to have inspired someone to overdo. The same fabric and trim is overwhelmed by the rosettes at the window frames and the doubtful display of fabric in the middle of the window. You get the feeling that someone picked up one of those 101 window treatments books and lost their head.

If you clean up the windows, possibly eliminate that ruffled throw pillow on the sofa to the left and replace the flowered rug with one big enough to encompass the conversation area, you have a lovely room – as long as you don’t expect anyone to play that piano.

Steps to Selecting the Right Area Rug: Part Two

May-20-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Steps to Selecting the Right Area Rug

Part Two: Shopping for the Right Rug

Are you ready to shop for your new area rug? Once you have the size, colors and type selected (see Steps to Selecting the Right Area Rug Part One) you’re ready to head out. For a good chance of selecting the perfect rug, consider these steps.

Determine your budget. Room-sized rugs can run anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Are you shopping for an heirloom or a soft place for the children to play? Budget accordingly, we have  good selections of rugs in all price ranges.

Select a reputable rug showroom, like us. Quality and price vary dramatically in the rug industry, and unless you are a rug expert, your best bet is to shop only at reputable showrooms. Otherwise, that “bargain” may cost you much more than you think you saved.

Ask for help. Rug salespeople are often very knowledgeable about their products. Describe to us what you’re looking for, and let us show you their best options for your needs.

Take the time to select the best rug for you. Pull your choice away from the other rugs to see it away from distractions. Rugs will look different when horizontal. If possible, take it to the window to see how the colors look in natural light.

Buying a rug can seem challenging, but if you follow these steps you are on your way to finding and buying the perfect rug for your home. We are here to help, don’t hesitate to ask us for any advice you need!