The Wonderful Utility of Rugs

If you look around your hotel’s
space, what do you see? There must be some nice furniture, vases and décor on
tables and hangings on the wall. These are all fine additions, but look even
lower to the ground; is there an area rug or a runner down that hall? Does the
rug blend well with the wallpaper or the floor it is covering? Is it too wide?
Too short?

If you
had an interior designer help decorate your inn then perhaps you didn’t have to
think about it. If you have an eye for decoration, then you’re a head of the
curb and may not need to continue reading this article. For those that are
curious however, read on for tips on how rugs can transform your space.

For
practical reasons, rugs are great for keeping the flooring underneath clean
from everyday dust and wear and tear. This is especially true for white carpet
which looks nice but requires a lot of maintenance. A large surface rug can
enhance a white carpet, depending on the color of rug you use, while keeping a
great area of it clean. When it comes to an open space such as a lobby or
open sitting area, bigger is better in terms of dimension.

1) Use your space as a guideline. A large area can handle a large
rug, whether it is a solid color or shaggy shear, it draws the eye to the
composition of the room. If you have a hallway, a runner would be appropriate.
Depending on the style of your hotel, you can get creative and add a runner
down the line of a large room just be sure it goes with the overall look.

2) Depending on the room, such as the bedroom or dining room, you
will want to fit the rug to the furniture. Having a bed over a rug roughly it’s
same size defeats the purpose of having a rug. If you plan to use a rug in the
bedroom, place it about half way under the front of the bed, with the rest
displayed out. In your dining area, if there is to be a rug, be sure the table
and chairs are on the rug. This helps with sliding of the chairs and is a
better look than a piece of carpet sticking out in a certain direction.

3) Shape is important. A rectangle or sphere like rug should
complement the angles of the room and the furniture it is under or nearby.
Rounder rugs are best near, or under circular tables. Rectangles are better for
larger areas to give a crisper look.

4) The flooring underneath also makes a difference in your decision
to use a rug. A rug over carpet may seem overdoing it, however contrast of
colors and shapes can highlight a room. A piece of furniture is needed to keep
the rug from sliding on a carpet surface; this can easily be done with a side
table or the edge of a chair or sofa. Using a rug over wood or tile is a more straightforward
function; it provides safety and takes up any messes.

5) Maintain your rugs. This should be without saying but rugs
should be kept as pristine as the floor it covers. Although it may take care of
the white carpet it’s covering, it needs to be clean itself. So be sure to
shampoo and vacuum often.

If your establishment lacks
some rugs, perhaps it’s time to invest in some. This simple addition can
transform your space.

Thank you for reading this week’s
article on Hotels4Humanity, be sure to keep up with our blog for other tips and
hints for hoteliers. 

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