I once had a neighbor who vacuumed her carpet every day, moving backward so that she never had a footprint on the pile of the rug.
She insisted her children not walk on the rugs, but skirt along with edge of the hardwood. I secretly dubbed her Keeper of the Rug for her vigilance in preserving her carpet above everything else.
Perhaps Keeper should have done a little homework on options that stand up to kids, pets and that messy, joyful thing called living. Because unless I am mistaken, floors are meant to be walked on, not worshiped.
“We have handmade wool rugs, colorful, soft cotton rugs and rugs that you can literally take outside and wash off with a hose,” says Vanessa Pharris with C’est Moi in Brentwood.
From classic hooked wool rugs to indoor outdoor rugs that are beautiful and tough as nails, Vanessa Pharris gives the lowdown on the best floor covering options for every area in your home.
Best for Living Area
The elastic nature of wool fibers make wool rug perfect for living areas in your home. Wool rugs have a natural stretch, meaning the woolen fibers woven in a rug won’t break or pill under the weight of heavy furniture.
Since wool rugs are also soft and durable, they are investments that make sense for an area of your home that may have your kids lounging on the floor.
An added benefit? Wool rugs hold color beautifully and can be crafted into floor coverings that look modern or classic.
Cotton is King
Cotton rugs are extremely soft, usually more affordable than wool and with the dizzying array of striped options, feel fresh and modern.
They work great in a nursery or bedroom, but the eponymous rug line Dash & Albert also creates cotton rugs that are sophisticated and work in a dining room or family room.
“Absolutely no one has the options that Dash & Albert offer when it comes to rugs. Stripes, floral, abstract, they run the gamut. And the cotton rugs are soft and durable. I love them for a bedroom, but a striped cotton rug can add pop to a family room too,” Pharris says.
New (Vintage) Option for Kitchen, Bath, Playroom
Want to protect your hardwood floors? Add beautiful pattern and color? And never, ever worry about spilled milk?
Vinyl floorcloth are perfect for the kitchen, where durable and functional top of the must have list.
“We carry an amazing line of vinyl floor covering, Spicher and Company, that create works of art that you walk on. They offer so many options, and you just sweep and mop. It is a beautiful spin on an old floor covering concept,” says Pharris.
Indoor Beauty Outdoor Ease
The phrase outdoor rug might conjure up astro turf texture and shiny looking fiber, the iteration of today however, is soft, tough, easy-to-clean (soap and a hose) and best of all, beautiful.
The rugs are eco-friendly, made of recycled polyester, and are UV stabilized to resist fading.
“We have clients that use our indoor-outdoor rugs outside, in a sunroom or inside their home. There is not a better option for rooms that have heavy traffic,” Pharris explains.
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