Finding the Right Rug for Your Floor

Whether you want to protect your new hardwood or add a splash of colour to a neutral interior, a rug is a great option and there are many available to compliment different types of flooring. From bold patterns to fluffy textures, choosing the right rug depends heavily on your space and floor material. Let’s look at 3 popular floors in more detail:

Carpet and rugs

Hardwood

Rugs are great for hardwoods as they provide extra protection from furniture scrapes and foot traffic. If your wood flooring is in the living or dining room, you can lay an area rug underneath the main furniture, which provides an intimate setting by creating a strong focal point. In terms of colour, opt for a light, natural shade if you have a dark wood floor which will have a good contrast. For light floors, a richer tone such as deep blue or dark red will add warmth and vibrancy. Patterned rugs work better on lighter floors but beware – they can steal the attention away from the woods natural beauty, as the grains and knots go unnoticed.

 

Carpet

Although a carpet is basically just a big rug, you can still add an additional rug for contrast and decoration. Use your existing carpet as a basis when choosing a rug. If you have a thick carpet, opt for a thin rug and vice versa so you have contrasting textures. The rug colour should be analogous to your carpet, i.e. a harmonising shade unless you intend to make a bold interior statement.

 

Laminate

Laminate flooring can be cool underfoot as it struggles to retain heat. Adding a rug is, therefore, a great way to conserve heat as well as having many aesthetic benefits. As laminate is generally a consistent shade, you can be very versatile with rug selection. Thick or thin, patterned or plain, the choice is yours. You can opt for a bold and contemporary colour to provide a sharp contrast, particularly if the room has a neutral interior and you want to make it stand out more. Alternatively, you can choose a similar shade to the floor which will maintain the neutral tones whilst adding warmth and texture.

 

Perhaps you already have a rug and need a floor to match? If so, contact our flooring experts at www.floormania.com.au who are always on hand to offer help and advice.  

4 Common Mistakes People Make with Hardwood Floors

The time has come to replace one of your old floors and you have decided to opt for a timeless hardwood floor (great choice). Those natural grains are beautiful sight to behold and a worthy investment… if you know how to treat them properly. There are some things people do without thinking that, over time, can cause lasting damage to your hardwood planks.

hardwood problems

  1. Ignoring Surface Water

Whether it’s drops of rain or spills from the dog bowl, water + hardwood = a recipe for disaster. Another common water-related error is mopping – hardwood floors are made from natural timber and are therefore very susceptible to water damage. If a leak or spill seeps into the planks, you could be at risk of cupping or crowning, resulting in a warped floor.

 

  1. Overlooking Pet Nails

A common reason for scratches in hardwood planks is caused by pets simply walking back and forth across your floor multiple times a day. If their nails aren’t closely trimmed, this daily activity can turn into a nightmare for your floor. Keep an eye out so you can quickly intervene, saving your floor from unnecessary harm.

 

  1. Forgetting Floor Protectors

Many people think that heavy furniture is immovable and solid once placed on a floor. However, even the tiniest shifts can cause extensive damage over time. Rubber or felt floor protectors placed under the legs of all furniture are a great way to reduce dents and grooves forming on the wood surface.

 

  1. Neglecting the Door Mat

If you have hardwood running through your hallway, having a door mat at the entrance is important. Using it to wipe your shoes is doubly important. When you walk in from outside, your shoes carry grit, dirt and lots of other particles that can cause abrasions or scrapes if they make regular contact with your hardwood. Over time, this can damage planks to the point where they may need fully replacing. Before entering the home, get into the habit of wiping your shoes on the mat. Or even better, remove shoes before entering.

 

Follow this simple advice to maintain your hardwood’s perfect condition. If you would like more information on caring for your hardwood floor, contact our flooring professionals at Floormania.