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Decorating your Room? Start with your Rugs

The best way to decorate your room is to start from the bottom up. This means choosing your carpet first then basing all future design decisions on the look and feel of that carpet.

Carpet designer Christine Van Der Hurd offers these tips on choosing your rugs:

Tip 1: The carpet is your guide. Once you purchase the rug you want, base all your future furniture purchases and color choices on the rug.

Tip 2: Practicality above all else. If you have pets or children in the house, or if your room will be experiencing heavy traffic, choose a low-maintenace rug with a pattern that will conceal wear and tear.

Tip 3: Create office spaces that really "work". If you're decorating an office, choose colors and rugs that make the place more conjucive to work. Avoid monotonous, sleepy colors.

Tip 4: The stair runner is your friend. Use it to give your dull staircase a great facelift. Add some stair rods for an accentuated look. The runners can match any theme you want to give to the hallway - from the classic look to the Tiki look.

Tip 5: Determine your rug's role in the room. Do you want it to stand out from everything else or do you want it to serve as a subtle piece that holds all the elements of the room together?

Tip 6: Go custom-made. Buying a custom-made carpet ensures you have a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Plus, it's not as expensive as you might think. This will be especially helpful if you're trying to look for a rug that will suit a pre-existing room.

Tip 7: Go wild with your child's room. If you're designing your child's room, use fun patterns and bright colors that enhance a child's imagination. Make sure you choose a comfortable carpet because your child will be spending lots of time sitting on the floor.

Tip 8: Go for the natural look. Natural rugs and stair runners provide the room some texture and personality, without those in-your-face patterns.

Tip 9: A little self-restraint goes a long way. If your room is already busy with fabrics, patterns, and colors, choose a solid-colored rug to break away from the confusion.

Tip 10: It's all about what you want. Articles and tips you find on the net only serve to guide you. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what rug and runner will suit your needs and wants best.