Lay­er­ing car­pet cer­tainly an op­tion

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Q: The broad­loom in my liv­ing room and din­ing room isn’t look­ing great in spots. It’s low pile, and I would say from the early 90s. I’ve no­ticed on Pin­ter­est dif­fer­ent rooms with rugs on top of broad­loom. Will this look ter­ri­ble if our car­pet is old? I think we need to have a rug in the din­ing area, too. Will we be throw­ing good money after bad? We aren’t ready to re­move the wall-to-wall broad­loom yet as there are ply­wood floors be­neath. If you feel rugs are a good idea, should I use the same rug in the din­ing room as in the liv­ing room?

A: You can ab­so­lutely layer a rug on top of your old wallto-wall car­pet. Though you’ll want to think about putting the money to­ward hav­ing your car­pet re­placed, be­cause it’s from the ’90s. Peo­ple tend to get sneezy around rugs from the ’90s, es­pe­cially if the fi­bres have started to shed, and if you’ve steam cleaned it over the years, there is the pos­si­bil­ity of the un­der-pad­ding be­ing mouldy.

Un­like in the ’70s and ’80s, wall-to-wall car­pet to­day is re­served more for bed­rooms and base­ments in­stead of the en­tire house be­cause so many of us suf­fer from al­ler­gies.

You won’t go wrong us­ing the same rug for your liv­ing and din­ing area.

Two dif­fer­ent rugs will work, but the pat­tern and colour should be har­mo­nious with each other and with the fab­rics in the space.

A fool­proof way to se­lect your rugs is to make sure the colour of your ex­ist­ing broad­loom can be found in your new rug.

In the liv­ing area, it’s best to have an en­tire piece of fur­ni­ture on the rug, but you can get away with at least the front legs of your sofa and arm­chairs on it. A liv­ing room rug that ac­com­mo­dates only the cof­fee ta­ble is too small. In the din­ing room, make sure the car­pet is large enough that when the din­ing chairs are pulled away from the ta­ble, they’re still on the rug.

If you have a lot of pat­tern in your home, con­sider a twotoned rug. Gen­er­ally, geo­met­ric pat­terns with medal­lions, di­a­monds and fret­work will keep your home from feel­ing like a car­ni­val tent.

You won’t be throw­ing good money after bad un­less you buy a rug you don’t re­ally love. Even though this is a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion (which may last a few years), buy your rugs as though you will have them for a long time.

Dis­pos­able dec­o­rat­ing is just a waste of money.

Cour­tesy Kens­ing­ton Car­pet One Floor & Home

When lay­er­ing, a fool­proof way to se­lect your rugs is to make sure the colour of your ex­ist­ing broad­loom can be found in your new pur­chase.

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