Modern Rugs For Cohesive Interior Decor
Some people look at choosing a rug for the house as a science while others think it’s more of an art. The good news for all is that there are plenty of modern rugs in multitude of designs for everyone to sift through and choose a few pieces that they think will complete the interior decor of their house.
While traditional rugs, especially from the eastern part of the world, have been in vogue for a long time, they do not appeal to everyone’s fantasy. Nothing wrong with that, to each their own and for such people, who are perhaps looking for something out of the ordinary, the answer is modern rugs.
Then there are also those folk who like to combine traditional and modern rugs to piece together a room. For instance, a lot of interior decorators use modern rugs to embellish a piece of furniture or a certain area of the room. A room might have a classic, traditional rug imported from the Middle East as the center around which the design of the room revolves and yet have room for a few modern rugs, that put slight design accents that really bring it all together.
What are modern rugs?
It is a term that can encompass a wide variety of styles and designs that are often referred to as contemporary rugs as well. Think minimal floral patterns, stripes, abstract shapes and spirals. I am sure you have come across a modern rug at some point or other in your life, as their use is very common today.
Owing to their unique patterns and colors, modern rugs are often use to provide contrast, to protect floors from wear and tear and most of all to provide a cushion for your feet, especially on cold hardwood floors and tiled flooring.
While the main purpose behind a traditional rug is decorative, a modern rug can have its practical uses as well. For instance, you probably won’t put an expensive traditional carpet in an area of the house that sees heavy foot traffic, while a modern rug could easily be thrown in there.
What is a contemporary rug made of?
A modern rug can be made up of many different fabrics, or a combination of multiple fabrics but for the sake of this guide, we will look at four particular materials- wool, cotton, natural fiber and synthetic rugs.
Apart from being soft and rather visually attractive, woolen rugs are surprisingly durable. They are strong enough that you can place them under heavy furniture or even place them in areas that see considerable amount of foot traffic. At the same time, these rugs are fire resistant and handle stains and spills very efficiently.
They do however need adequate vacuuming and while the natural oil that resides in wool acts as a stain resistant, you still need to blot out a spill as soon as it happens. Most of the time, you can get out stains by washing it with water or by using a water based cleaner. Woolen rugs do however shed over time in which case you need to clip out the loose ends (never pull on them).
Natural fiber rugs
If woolen rugs are out of your budget than natural fiber rugs are you next best bet as they can still provide a natural look in a moderate budget. These are usually made from natural elements like jute, seagrass or a custom mixture of grasses and plants and are hand woven or made with a loom.
Natural fiber rugs are not really as durable as wool so placing them in an area where you and your family walk a lot is not recommended. They also retain moisture rather easily; so using this in a bathroom would probably be a bad idea. So if you spill a liquid on them, make sure that you blot it out quickly. They can easily be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner but over the long term, dry cleaning them is a better idea.
Cotton rugs are rather common and to an extent, have even become the norm when it comes to modern rugs. If you like rich, vibrant colors then cotton rugs are your best bet as they hold colors really well. At the same time they are soft as well as durable.
You can place them pretty much anywhere you want and when it comes time to clean them up, you just need to throw them into the washing machine. These rugs are a good idea if your house is full of young (and probably destructive) children. Modern rugs made of cotton are cheaper than wool or natural fiber and are pretty much an all purpose choice.
Rugs made from synthetic materials are perfect for those who are on a tight budget and want a rug that is strong and is going to last for a long time. Because these rugs are made using machines, they do not have the tender softness of woolen rugs but that does not mean that they are harsh on the feet either. They are soft in their own way.
Such rugs are usually made using polypropylene, polyester, nylon or acrylic and while they are pretty durable, there is not much attention to detail here. Yet they do an adequate job of holding the colors together. As they are made using machines, they come in a wide variety of designs and patterns.
Cleaning them is a breeze too and you can pretty much hose them up and hang them out to air dry.
Choosing a rug for your home
As we always recommend to new buyers, always trust your eyes when you are about to make a choice on which rug to buy. You want a rug that is visually appealing, a rug that you’d like to see on the floor of your house day in day out. At the same time, you want a rug that goes along with the overall scheme of things.
For instance, a gorgeous bright red rug, with intricate details in a room made up of pastel colors is not going to work and will appear garish to the eye. A little bit of common sense and an eye for detail is all that you need for buying the next perfect carpet for your house. To get you started we will discuss some common designs.
Flowers on carpets are the perennial favorite design but when it comes to modern rugs, the floral designs are much more contemporary when compared to carpets from Asia. Even among these modern designs, there is plenty of variety- so much that you can use floral carpets pretty much anywhere from the living room, to the bedroom to even your kid’s bedroom.
If you chose a floral carpet wisely, you can’t go wrong with it. For example, combine floral rugs with fabric patterns that follow a similar motif and have the color of the carpet match or contrast the wall color and you instantly have a subtle, contemporary look that will hold its appeal for a long time.
Striped designs make for great area rugs and while at a glance they might seem to be rather simple, they do a great job of being the focal point of a room that is already chockfull of well detailed items.
A rug with big stripes for instance can be used as a throw rug or a wall hanging and by making it coordinate with another linear element in the room, you can create a rather pleasing effect.
You can use a striped rug in the living room by matching it with a similar pattern on the sofa cushions. E.g. black and white striped carpet to go with black and white striped cushion covers. If you don’t want cohesive décor then you can simply let a striped rug stand out on its own and let it contrast with everything else in the room. In essence, a striped rug is versatile and will pretty much go along in a variety of settings.
You don’t always need rugs with designs or patterns on them to make a room pop. Often, a room is already so busy that a serene sense of style that only a plain rug can bring about is almost a necessity. A plain rug can, in such a case be used to complement or contrast the colors that are already present in a room.
If a single color plain rug is too bland for you then you can look at tone on tone rugs which combine similar shades of a color (or similar complementary shades) together to give a stylish and yet, a very toned down look. We have a great selection of plane rugs in our online shop so make sure to browse and get in touch if you need any help.
Living room, dining room, bedroom rugs
There is no set guide that can tell you with which rug perfectly fits a particular area of the house and that in our opinion is a good thing. A lot of people who are new to rugs worry about whether a style is appropriate for a particular space or not but honestly, there is no need to fret about that.
As mentioned above, just let your eye be the judge and create a space that you love. Given the kind of modern rug designs that are available today it is pretty much impossible that you won’t be able to find something that you just love. Simply trust your visual sense and start browsing.