Rugs are an awesome way to make a room really pop. The best part is unless you go off the board with some wild styles or have a very cheap budget, it’s pretty hard to mess up a rug. Unfortunately, the rug fail exists. We have all seen the effects of a rug fail – a disjointed room with a strange, uncomfortable feeling are classic symptoms of this issue.

The good news is rug fails are easily avoidable, and with some creativity if you have a rug fail going on in your home, with a few modifications, you can easily go from failure to success! If only algebra was that easy. Nevertheless, here are six major rug fails and the steps you can take to avoid them. Please note, if the rug fail already exists, the solutions are within the fails as well.

The Last Choice: So, you’ve picked out the furniture, got the throw pillows and the upholstery is all set. Then, you see the bare floor and something’s missing. No worries! You just get a rug. This is not a wise move! There are loads of problems with picking the rug last, and chief among them goes to the rug’s size. Often, the rug is the largest piece in a room, so getting it right is tricky when it’s the last consideration. The complexity of matching it to all the different elements is taxing. Then, when you find the perfect rug, it’s not in stock! Now you have to wait for months sometimes. If this indeed happened to you, the hack is simple: choose a neutral rug, this way you have a solution in place until something better comes around, but next time, choose the rug first and use it as the base for design.

Who Needs a Rug Pad: Well, in a word, everyone. Many people skimp on this because they figure rug tape will do the trip. Except rugs slide and the finish of the underlying hardwood gets degraded. When you pull up the rug the wear patters you sought to avoid are staring right back at you. Rug pads are the easy fix. They provide cushion underneath the while keeping the rug in place. So, whether you have a light runner or heavy shag rugs, the key to keeping your rug in one place and allowing your floors to remain unscathed is as easy as a rug pad.

Fear of the Layers: It sounds ridiculous to have two rugs on one floor. Admittedly, there’s not much to dispute with this sentence, but the proof a lack of layers is a rug fail is shown when you introduce layers. One of the best ways to compensate for an undersized rug is using a neutral rug underneath it. This adds dimension to the room and the best part is the once undersized rug now is perfect accented instead of lingering weirdly in middle and having your room look like the Island of Misfit Toys. Jute rugs are great for being the underlayer, and you can throw nearly anything over them and have it work.

The Wall-To-Wall Dilemma: Many people get wall-to-wall carpet and think they’re done. Unless your room is going to be very busy with furniture and wall-hangings, this is not the way to go. Wall-to-wall carpet is to be used the way hardwood is – as a base. There are plenty of options to use. For example, runners over the high traffic areas or woven rugs under tables add accent points to the room while ensuring that your base rug looks good and doesn’t suffer from wear and tear most wall-to-wall carpets inevitably buckle under. Furthermore, if you’re looking to test out your design palette, adding accents and borders to your wall-to-wall carpet is a great way to be creative without having to invest a whole lot financially.

The Rug is Just Too Small: This mistake usually happens because of the rug price. Many people think the small rug will work in the room only to find it looks like a thumbnail on an elephant. It’s completely out of place. There are a couple solutions – the first is measure the room properly and look to find the right rug at a good price. The second, if you already have the rug, is to employ layering. This will help you offset the rug’s smaller size and make the room appear more intimate. For example, if you spent money on shag rugs that are too small, get a larger jute rug and place the shag rugs atop the jute.

Pattern-Phobia: Perhaps the biggest misconception with rugs is patterns must be chosen with care. This scares off many would-be rug buyers. The reality is if you choose the rug first then you can adapt the finishes of the room to any pattern. However, there are many different rug patterns, so the key is finding the pattern that fits the motif of the room or a pattern easy to build around. Patterns add a dynamism to a room, so let yourself go and enjoy using them!
As you can see, rug fails happen for many different reasons, but the solutions to a rug fail are usually right under your nose and require a little outside the box thinking. If you avoid these six mistakes, you’ll end up with rugs that truly make your rooms impressive.

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