What Size Area Rug Should You Buy?

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Our last post provided several tips on how to decorate with area rugs. Today, we will cover one of the most important aspects of choosing an area rug and that is how to determine what size rug to buy for a room.

Nothing can make a room feel more cozy and inviting than a new rug. A correctly chosen rug can brighten up the room and make a great finishing touch to the overall decor by bringing everything together.

But in order for it to bring everything together, the rug needs to be cleaned often by a professional service like https://cdbrazoscounty.com/ and it needs to be proportional to the size of the room. In other words, you need to purchase a rug that will fit your room perfectly in terms of size, shape, color and pattern.

But if the latter three are relatively easy to choose based on the style and colors of the room, the size can be a bit tricky to figure out. So make yourself familiar with the basics of how to pick the right size area rug first.

First and foremost, remember that the bigger the rug the better. Larger rugs make the room visually bigger and create a more appealing look overall, while smaller rugs tend to be more confusing and disproportionate to the overall environment.

So if there is a choice between a smaller and a bigger rug, choose the latter. In general, the rug should be proportional to the size of the room itself: the bigger the room, the larger the rug, and vice versa.

Another basic tip: try for the rug to be about 12-24 inches away from the borders of the room, that is considered to be the most optimal standard. Next off, it is very important what room you are choosing the rug for because there are different appropriate layouts for different rooms.

For dining rooms, it is recommended to have the rug at least about 36 inches wider than the sides of the table, so all the chair and table legs should obviously be on the rug itself.

Depending on the shape of your table, you can choose the applicable rug: either round, rectangular, square or oval. Although the shape does not necessarily have to match, in case of matching it will create a more harmonious look.

For the bedroom, you can either have all the bed legs on the rug, as well as half or ⅔ of the bed on the rug. Both of those options create a cozy effect in the room. It is also possible to have lengthy narrow runners on each side of the bed, which will look much more stylish.

In the living room, your whole furniture will either be on the rug, or you will only have a rug under the coffee table. In either case, the rug should exceed the sides of the furniture by at least 6 inches for an optimal effect. That, of course, is not a mandatory rule. You should first of all be observant of your own room and figure what will work best for your area in particular.

For the kitchen and the hallway, runners are the most popular option. But once again, be observant of what will work in your particular case.

Regarding the sizes, as is, there are several standard sizes that you will most likely be offered. A useful tip for that: use tape or wash tape that won’t damage the floor. Whenever you like a rug, simply measure its area in your room and tape it off. Thanks to that you can see what area the rug will take off. And if you are ordering the rug, you can tape the area off and determine the size accordingly.

Tips to Decorate with Area Rugs

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I find that no room in a home is complete without an area rug. I have area rugs in my kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms, entryways, hallways and just about everywhere you could imagine one might be.

Area rugs add patterns and pops of color to a room and can even serve as a visual focal point to base your décor after. They’re stylish and versatile and a must-have in any interior decorator’s arsenal.

And I have some tips for how to best decorate with area rugs in your home. The good news is you can use these tips whether you have carpet, tile or hardwood floor in a room or hall. Area rugs complement them all!


You want the size of the area rug to stretch so that it rests under the front feet of all the furniture in a sitting area.

For bedrooms, you can place the rug either directly in front of the foot of the bed or buy one big enough so that the entire bed and some extra space on each side fits.

If you use the rug in a hallway you want about a half of a foot on each side of the hall left visible. Sizing is very important for rugs.

For large open areas, I will use circular rugs. A circle rug is unique and a great touch for entryways if your space allows it.


To care for an area rug is the same concept as how to care for carpet. You should vacuum the area rugs one or two times each week and then schedule a local carpet cleaner near your home to deep clean the rugs once a year. This can either be done at your home or the service will pickup your rug, bring it to their cleaning facility and deliver it back to your home once it is clean.

You are better off having no rugs in your home than dirty rugs in your home so be sure to be diligent about vacuuming and scheduling cleaning for them.


If a room has generally neutral tones throughout it, a rug is a great chance to incorporate a bold touch of color into the room. This way there are some visually striking and appealing touches in the room for style.

You can also use rugs to incorporate patterns into a room. You might find it hard to add patterns or modern touches in a typical room so a rug offers an easy opportunity for herringbone or other trendy décor patterns.

You can see there are countless ways to decorate with rugs and countless shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to designing a room with a rug. After all, a rug is not a permanent change or a major repair, if the style or color doesn’t fit the room or your home, simply return the rug and try a new one.

How to Protect Carpet

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We discussed how to protect hardwood floor in our last post. The post provided tips on how to maintain the quality of hardwood flooring in a home for several years.

In today’s post, we will provide the same types of tips for carpet. If you protect your carpet and care for it, your carpet should last between 10-15 years or longer.

Here are tips to protect carpet:

#1. Stain-Resistance

You should purchase carpet that comes with a built-in manufacturer’s protectant or stain-resistance technology. This protectant will repel moisture and stains for around 12 months after the carpet is installed.

After 12 months, you will want to apply a new protective layer over the carpet. This can be done by a local carpet cleaning service in Santa Clarita, CA. We recommend Healthy Choice Chem-Dry for this service.

A new layer of protectant every 12 months will help to prevent permanent stains and major damage to carpet.

#2. Area Rugs

You should place area rugs over the traffic areas in a room. This way the area rugs receive the brunt of the wear, tear and traffic and the carpet underneath is safe. You can either hire a rug cleaning service to clean the rugs each year or purchase new ones from time to time for a cheaper cost than replacing the carpet.

#3. Vacuuming & Cleaning

Be sure to vacuum your carpet 4-5 times every week and schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months. Vacuuming helps prevent matting and deep cleaning will remove soil and bacteria under the surface and prevent the deterioration of the carpet pad and fibers. (Read: 5 Reasons for Hiring a Carpet Cleaner)

#4. Rearrange Furniture

You should rearrange the furniture in your home every few months. This will create different traffic paths throughout a room and throughout your home so that no one single area of traffic receives all of the wear and tear and soiling.

#5. Remove Your Shoes

Don’t wear shoes indoors or let guests wear their shoes indoors. The bottoms of shoes bring in a ton of germs and dirt from pavement, concrete and public floors. This dirt is then trapped inside of your carpet and it will do damage over time.

#6. Wear Socks

Don’t allow bare feet in your home either. You should wear socks or slippers in your home. The oil on the bottom of feet is very bad for carpet and will lead to soiling and other stains.

#7. No Pets

Pets and carpet aren’t a good combination. Carpet in a home without pets will last much longer. If you do have pets, try to leave them in rooms with hardwood floor or tile floor whenever possible.

These tips will help protect carpet for several years and ensure you receive the most value from your carpet purchase. You should also purchase a durable carpet fiber such as nylon and avoid polyester if you want the carpet to last for a long time.

If you are just installing the carpet for resale value then you should consider a bold and colorful polyester fiber for the home.

How to Protect Hardwood Floors

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There is no more popular choice for flooring in a home right now than hardwood floor. Homeowners are tearing out their carpet to either refinish the hardwood floor beneath it or install brand new hardwood floor.

We understand. Hardwood floor is beautiful and it is probably the highest quality type of flooring for a home. However, it is not without its downside. There is one aspect of hardwood floor that you must consider in order to protect it and ensure it stays beautiful throughout its lifetime in your home.

You must protect hardwood floors from moisture and discoloration. The good news is, there are several ways to accomplish this and avoid moisture and water damaging your hardwood floor as well as overuse and general wear.

#1. Leave AC on All Summer

The cost of running the air conditioner is not cheap but it is cheaper than having to replace hardwood. If too much heat and humidity build up in a home it will lead to moisture forming on walls and on the floor. The moisture on hardwood floors can cause it to warp or discolor. Moisture on hardwood floor can even lead to mold growth if it isn’t identified soon enough.

#2. Close Blinds When No One is Home

If no one is home during the middle of a hot, summer day, we recommend that you close your blinds to prevent the sunlight from hitting the hardwood floors. The sunlight can discolor the hardwood too and of course the heat can lead to humidity and moisture forming on the surface of the hardwood floor.

#3. Rearrange Furniture

It is a good idea to change the traffic patterns in your home to reduce the amount of traffic one area of the hardwood floor receives. You also don’t want to leave the weight of heavier furniture on the same area of hardwood floors for many years either. When you do rearrange furniture on your hardwood floor, be sure to lift the furniture. Never drag furniture on hardwood floor to avoid the risk of scratching the floor.

#4. Use Dehumidifiers

During the summer, we recommend running a dehumidifier in the rooms with hardwood floor to soak up any moisture forming on the hardwood floor. A dehumidifier in combination with your air conditioner should prevent moisture.

#5. Place Area Rugs

We recommend strategically placing area rugs throughout rooms with hardwood floor. You should place area rugs in heavier traffic areas. This way the hardwood floor beneath the rug is protected and all that needs to be done is to either schedule area rug cleaning or purchase a new rug from time to time. Both are much cheaper than replacing the hardwood floor.

You can get a lifetime of style and quality out of hardwood floor in your home if you provide the proper care and take certain precautions to protect the floor from moisture, sunlight and overuse or constant weight and pressure from heavier furniture.

We still recommend hardwood floor above all other choices, just be sure you know the risks involved in installing it in your home.

Types of Table Lamps for Your Home

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We’ve discussed floor lamps and chandeliers in great detail and now it is time to discuss the most common form of home lighting, table lamps. Table lamps are stylish, versatile and affordable and very popular.

Most homes have at least one table lamp in every room but how do you know what type of table lamp is right for each room?

Let’s discuss the different types of table lamps and how to decorate with them throughout your home:


You want a table lamp to be stylish but it needs to provide the correct amount of light for the room too. For general lighting in a room, consider placing two table lamps on top of a console table or one each on coordinating side tables.

If the room doesn’t have a chandelier or floor lamps, you will need several table lamps placed throughout it to provide enough light for larger rooms. Most rooms will need a minimum of two or three table lamps for sufficient lighting.

A table lamp with an adjustable shade or a downward arch will provide more focused light. You will often use this type of light on a desk or near a reading area in your home. If you use a traditional table lamp for this purpose, be sure the bottom of the lamp shade rests at eye height and that the bulb and socket are not exposed.


The size, shape and style of the table lamp should complement and balance the rest of the room. A table lamp should complement furniture, art and rugs and flooring but likely will not be a focal point of the décor.

A modern room should have a modern table lamp, whereas a traditional room should have a more traditional table lamp. Also be sure that the finishes and base of a lamp match other finishes throughout the décor.


The lamp shade is probably the most stylish aspect of a table lamp. There are drum, cone, pagoda and cylinder lamp shade shapes to choose from, each with their own style.

A lightweight fabric shade or a shade with a lighter color will provide more light in a room.

You can even update the lamp shades on a regular basis to switch up the décor and look of a room from time to time. This is a very cheap way to add new looks and variety to the appearance of your home.

You can now confidently choose the correct type of table lamp for the rooms in your home to add light and style to your living space.

Types of Chandeliers: Which One is Right for You?


In our last post, we discussed all of the types of floor lamps and how to decorate your home with the correct lighting. In today’s post, we will cover a more luxurious form of home lighting.

A chandelier is synonymous with luxury but in 2017 there are several models and styles suitable for contemporary and traditional décor. A chandelier isn’t just for dining rooms anymore either. You can display a chandelier in a living room or an entry way too.

Learn how to decorate with chandeliers in your home and which type of chandelier is right for you:


You should consider the size of the chandelier and the room before you purchase one for your home. You can purchase a mini chandelier for bedrooms or hallways to add a little light and décor to rooms with minimal natural light.

You can purchase a medium size chandelier for a living room, dining room, bedroom or kitchen. This size of chandelier creates a beautiful focal point for a room.

A large chandelier is excellent for stairways and rooms with high, vaulted ceilings. These large chandeliers are the most famous but also the most expensive and not all homes can accommodate them.

You can determine the best diameter of a chandelier to purchase for a room if you add the width and the length of the room together. Now replace that measurement with inches instead of feet and you will have the perfect diameter for a chandelier in that room.


Your chandelier should match your lifestyle and design aesthetic. You can choose from modern chandeliers, formal designs and traditional styles depending on the décor and style of your home.


After you choose the chandelier you want, you need to hang it.

Be sure the bottom of the chandelier is at least 28-32 inches above the table surface in a dining room and 9 feet above the floor at the bottom of a stairwell.

Don’t hang a chandelier so low someone could hit there head on it and don’t hang it so low over a table that it could block someone’s view across the table.

These tips should prepare you to buy the perfect chandelier for your home and hang it the correct way so that it truly brightens a living space.

Types of Floor Lamps: How to Choose the Right One?

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A floor lamp serves two purposes in a room. The most obvious purpose for a floor lamp is to brighten a room and provide additional light. The other reason is to decorate the room and add style and ambiance.

There are several types of floor lamps to choose from. Learn below how to choose the right floor lamp for your room:

You need to first decide what the purpose of the room is. If the room is a living room or an entertaining room, the lamp should provide overall light and beautify the room. If the room is an office or workspace, you will want the lamp to provide a more concentrated task lighting in the space.

Torchiere Floor Lamp

A torchiere light is a common choice for living rooms and bedrooms. A torchiere floor lamp adds ambient light to a room with the light pointing upward and shining onto the ceiling of the room and reflecting off of the walls in the room. You will often see a torchiere lamp used in more contemporary décor.

Task Floor Lamp

This type of floor lamp points downward on a space to provide a brighter, more-focused light. You would use a task light in a home office or in a reading space. You can even purchase a task lamp with multiple cans for lighting for multi-direction light or an even more focused concentration on one area.

How to Choose a Style?

The task or torchiere floor lamp you choose should complement the décor of the room. If you have more traditional furniture in the room, consider decorating the lamp with a bold lamp shade or a lamp shade with a fun pattern. Otherwise, if the décor or paint color is already bold, consider a more traditional lamp shade.

If the room doesn’t receive much natural light or doesn’t have many other lamps throughout it, consider buying a wider lamp shade that is made of linen to let more light shine through the shade and into the room.

I recommend purchasing a LED bulb for the lamp since it will provide a brighter light and is more energy-efficient.

This information should help you to decide which floor lamp is right for your room and how to decorate and brighten a room with the correct lamp.