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Reader Question: What Should I Know About Floor Rugs for the Home?

Make your living room or bedroom more warm and comfortable with a well-chosen area rug

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Q: Whenever I browse local and foreign design magazines, I'm always fascinated with rugs in all colors and textures. The problem is that I can't seem to figure out what to buy and where to put a specific rug. In a nutshell, what are the basic principles and things to consider in choosing the right rug for each room? —Mrs. A. De Leon

A: A small, colorful rug is lovelier and more eco-friendly than carpeting! You don't have to put a rug in each room of your house—just where it is appropriate. For example, a rug in heavy traffic areas like a hallway or foyer or spill-prone areas like the kitchen might not be a good idea. Place area rugs in rooms where comfort and style are priorities.

In a bedroom, you can place a rug at the foot of the bed or under an armchair. In the living area, you can place it under the coffee table.

In choosing the designs of your rugs, think about the feel of your rooms. Do you want this rug to blend in with the interiors or do you want it to be a contrasting element in an otherwise minimalist space? Rugs with geometric patterns or stripes are safe bets. If you want a rug with an ornate pattern, find one with a monochromatic color scheme. Light-colored rugs look better with dark floors and vice versa.

Remember, though, whatever rug you choose, it has to have a non-slip backing to prevent any accidents.

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the April 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

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