Dark colour will en­sure rug’s life­span

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Marc Atiyolil

Dear Marc:

My hus­band and I own a three-bed­room home in the city. I would like to re­place my floor cov­er­ings this sum­mer as part of a de­sign project. I have a three-year-old son, Sammy, who has lots of en­ergy and a ten­dency to spill things on the floor, so I’m look­ing for a prod­uct that’s durable and easy to main­tain. What should I con­sider when buy­ing my new floor cov­er­ings? — Rosanna Dear Rosanna:

Floor cov­er­ings tie the en­tire con­tent of a room to­gether. A floor is the sec­ond-largest hard sur­face in a room on which you can add a splash of colour. Many de­sign­ers will use the floor to tie the en­tire colour scheme to­gether with the use of a soft sur­face cov­er­ing such as a pat­terned car­pet.

Pat­terns in car­pet will help cam­ou­flage stains left be­hind by an ac­ci­den­tal spill, so avoid the temp­ta­tion to buy a white rug.

In de­sign, we must al­ways con­sider who will be us­ing the space we are de­sign­ing. Ask your­self how many peo­ple use the room, and who, in par­tic­u­lar will use it. The an­swers will help you de­ter­mine how much traf­fic and wear and tear the room will get. If the home­own­ers are a cou­ple with no chil­dren, a white or light-coloured solid (no pat­tern) car­pet might work. But in your sit­u­a­tion, it should be avoided at all costs; you’ll want to look for dark colours, which will en­sure the rug’s life­span.

An­other good op­tion is hard­wood floors. They’re easy to clean and prac­ti­cally stain-re­sis­tant. They’ll last for years and come in a va­ri­ety of stains and wood grains. In tra­di­tional de­sign, a hard­wood floor is avoided in high­mois­ture ar­eas such as kitchens and bath­rooms. Wood and wa­ter don’t mix well, leav­ing you with wa­ter stains.

Hard­wood is a great prod­uct for dry ar­eas, how­ever, such as your fam­ily room, liv­ing room, din­ing room and mas­ter bed­room. You can also use an area rug in all these rooms to soften hard­wood’s heavy pres­ence and make the space look warm and invit­ing.

Eco-friendly floor­ing op­tions are bam­boo, leather and cork, and are easy to find in na­tional floor­ing re­tail­ers such as Car­pet One Floor & Home.

When shop­ping for floor cov­er­ings, be sure to take along your paint swatches. I was shop­ping for a de­sign project the other day and I made sure to have my colour swatches with me to eye how well the floor cov­er­ing would look along­side the colours.

Home­own­ers tend to trust their eyes for colour a lit­tle too much on their first de­sign project, and end up dis­ap­pointed when they get home with floor cov­er­ing that doesn’t match or com­ple­ment their wall colour.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

Floor cov­er­ings tie the en­tire con­tent and colour scheme of a room to­gether. It is the

sec­ond-largest hard sur­face in a room where you can add a splash of colour.

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