Carpets as distributive elements
With the arrival of autumn, a common way to bring warmth to our home is to use rugs. But something has changed in recent years that makes us understand this piece of the home in other ways. And it is that the wide variety of materials available to choose from gives us the opportunity to use them all year round and also to be able to vary between different models by season, in the same way that we do with other home textiles. In this way, we can also understand rugs as another way of dressing rooms and achieving color and texture impact in any room.
But in this post we want to highlight another crucial function for interior design. Well, the rugs not only provide comfort by making the room a much more pleasant place or a chromatic impact to the whole. The rugs help us to distribute the space, visually zoning different spaces within a larger set. Rugs help us define and limit any space and that is why we can understand rugs as distributive elements and not only as decorative elements or elements that provide warmth.
The rug as a visual reference in open spaces
Carpets allow us to delimit spaces within larger spaces. A very useful fact when we think about the tendency to open spaces that characterizes our ways of living today. If there is a constant in the reform projects that we have carried out as an interior design studio in recent years, this has been to open spaces in the social areas of the home. Maximizing the space available for the living room, where today it is common to find the dining area and open or semi-open access to the kitchen.
In the arrangement of open spaces where different uses are fitted, rugs are very useful, as they allow us to zone the living room area as an entity within an open space that sometimes includes a dining area and the kitchen. In fact, for reasons of hygiene and fabric care, we will rarely find rugs in eating areas. But it is a common element in living rooms, where they also serve and stand out as a visual reference that helps us identify and differentiate from the rest of the spaces in the complex.
Another common space is the bedroom, where the rug can serve to delimit a living or reading space within the same room, or simply a space to dress in front of a mirror, without being considered a dressing room beyond the limits of the carpet.
Aspects to consider
To place a rug we have to take into account the space we have, the prevailing colors in our room, the textures of textiles and furniture and the style that best fits and we like. Seeking coherence or contrast can be both valid strategies, the important thing is that a coherent whole is recreated.
We can create a more welcoming, carefree, daring or calm atmosphere, depending on the textures and colors of the material.
The versatility of rugs today makes it easier for us to put rugs in each room of the home that insulate us from the cold if necessary, providing that feeling of well-being at home, but also generating a particular style and a zoning visual reference in each one of them. the rooms in which we decide to use them, thanks to their materials.
Common and new materials for carpets
The materials that currently set the trend are natural fiber rugs such as jute, sisal, coconut, bamboo, leather, rattan or cotton. This great variety offers us the possibility of adapting its use to the circumstances and opting for more resistant materials if necessary.
On the other hand, we have synthetic fiber rugs such as acrylic fibers, polyester, polypropylene or nylon, which are the most common due to their resistance. Synthetic fibers have led the great change in recent decades, achieving worthy finishes for any room. Although it is true that synthetic fiber rugs are the most chosen for places with a lot of traffic such as shops or offices or outdoor areas such as terraces, gardens or balconies.
And the fact is that the arrival of washable rugs makes them perfect for areas that are highly exposed to dirt, such as outdoor or high-traffic areas or play areas reserved for the smallest of the house.
Carpet styles and designs
Thanks to the great diversity of materials and formats, we can enjoy different styles that will make our home a unique and exclusive place, perfectly zoned thanks to the rugs and the rest of the furniture.
Nowadays, it is not strange to find new formats that break with the classic rectangle and propose different shapes and textures that surprise us. We would therefore speak of diverse geometric shapes, but also of daring prints, long- or short-pile rugs, kilim, Moroccan or Nordic-style rugs.
The fact is that the rugs ask for a step with much broader uses than those related to the search for comfort or insulation. Carpets are also distributive elements that help us to zone larger spaces.