Top 7 Ways to Choose the Perfect Bedroom Rug

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Bedrooms are the most intimate rooms in the house. It’s where you hit the sack after a long day, where you spend your “me” time, where you cry your heart out or jump for joy during your highs and lows. It’s where you are yourself, without pretensions. It’s where you feel comfortable without any worries of being under scrutiny.

 A bedroom is simply your – safe haven.

Sure enough, it’s also the less frequently visited room in the house. So why bother decorating? Well, for one, since you spend most of your time in your bedroom, might as well make it functional and aesthetically pleasing.

And one way to revamp your bedroom to give it that oomph is by choosing the perfect bedroom rug.

But hold your horses, before you buy a bedroom rug on impulse. It’s important to consider these top seven ways to be sure the rugs are a perfect fit for your bedroom and – you.

 1.  Pick a Rug with the Right Size

First off, before you make a beeline for the rug section in Home Depot; visualize your room. Or better yet, plan every detail and measure the pieces of furniture that are going to be sitting on your rugs.

For smaller areas with lesser furniture, a larger rug under the bed works. If you want to cover the entire area of the room with one rug, you may do so by subtracting a meter from the edges of the room.

For larger areas with more furniture, smaller rugs underneath each piece give the room more sections. However, never pick a rug that’s too small as it makes the whole ensemble look disproportionate.

 2.  Stick to Similar Hues

You have to be smart with colors but don’t go crazy over picking the rugs with matching colors. Not only does this take time but it’ll make your space look more monotonous and lifeless. Unless that’s the vibe you want to exude.

Don’t worry about your rugs not matching your wall color EXACTLY. You can stick to a similar hue or a color that compliments it. A rule of thumb is darker colors make the room seem smaller and lighter colors make the room seem bigger.

 3.  Choose the Right Rug Material for Your Lifestyle

There’s nothing more elegant than silk but apart from the fact that it's expensive, it also isn’t durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic in a bedroom – how much more a pet!

Choose the right material for your lifestyle. If you’re looking for durable rugs, go for polypropylene and wool. They’re sturdy and requires less maintenance. Other materials are viscose, cotton, jute, acrylic, or sisal.

 4.  Mix in Different Rug Shapes

There’s no golden rule about rug shapes. You don’t have to stick to an all-circular, all-rectangular, all-triangular, or all-hexagonal rugs-in-bedroom rule (although the last one might be a little interesting to see).

Mix and match rug shapes in your bedroom. Just make sure everything is harmonious with all the other facets in the bedroom.

5.  Patterns are Everything!

This, for me, is the fun part. Matching patterns are cool and all but they’re also very mundane. Fashion, nowadays, have come to a point where flamboyance is considered the name of the game.

Mix small and big patterns. Go for animal prints or nature prints, anything that’ll stand out. Choose stripes for a chicer, minimalist look. The pattern choices are endless! Just play with your imagination but make sure you integrate your personality into it.

However, don’t go too crazy especially if you already have a printed wallpaper. This only works if your wall has a solid color.

6.  Choose a Rug that Doesn’t Slip

A bedroom rug brings many benefits. It cushions noises you get from floors like creaking sounds. Rugs also avoid clattering noises if you’re one of those lousy people who always drop things. Also, it provides warmth to the room (we all know the bedroom is the coldest room in the house).

Nevertheless, safety should still be a top priority. Choose a rug that’s slip-resistant. One way to ensure that your rugs don’t slip, especially on solid-surface flooring, is to place a rug pad underneath.

7.  Coordination is the Key to Rug-Picking

It’s always a good idea to have a master plan right at the beginning. Getting all the sizes of the accessories, door, room area, furniture can make for a seamless buying. Also, when you’re shopping for rugs, of course, you won’t be able to take the room with you to see if the pieces match. What you can do though is take pictures on your phone and browse through it while shopping.

It can be quite an eyesore if there’s something out of place in your bedroom. Be smart about your choices and think about functionality above everything else. But it doesn’t hurt to weave your personality into your bedroom rug design. After all, it’s going to be you who’s taking full advantage of your bedroom.

Author Bio: Annah Brooks a blogger by passion, loves to write about home renovation and remodelling. She is currently working for wallbedsbywilding.com, which offers an array of finest quality handcrafted wall beds and innovative space-saving products.

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Annah Brooks

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Other ways to conserve energy in your home

There are many different ways to reduce your household’s energy use, ranging from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. The two major motives for conserving energy are to save on utility bills and protect the environment. Here are the ten most common ways to conserve energy in your home, listed from the simplest to the most intensive methods.

1. Adjust your day-to-day behaviors
To reduce energy consumption in your home, you do not necessarily need to go out and purchase energy efficient products. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also use energy-intensive appliances less by performing household tasks manually, such as hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer, or washing dishes by hand.

The behavior adjustments that have the highest potential for utility savings are turning down the heat on your thermostat in the winter and using your air conditioner less in the summer. Heating and cooling costs constitute nearly half of an average home’s utility bills, so these reductions in the intensity and frequency of heating and cooling offer the greatest savings.

There are tools you can use to figure out where most of your electricity is going in your home. A home energy monitor can help you understand which appliances are using the most electricity on a day-to-day basis.

2. Replace your light bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and must be replaced more often than their energy efficient alternatives. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80% less electricity and last three to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Although energy efficient bulbs are more expensive off the shelf, their efficient energy use and longer service lives mean that they cost less in the long run. Energy efficient bulbs are the clear winners in terms of their environmental and financial benefits.

3. Use smart power strips
“Phantom loads,” or the electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode, are a major source of energy waste. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off, which can cost you up to $200 per year. Smart power strips, also known as advanced power strips, eliminate the problem of phantom loads by shutting off the power to electronics when they are not in use. Smart power strips can be set to turn off at an assigned time, during a period of inactivity, through remote switches, or based on the status of a “master” device.

4. Install a programmable or smart thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat can be set to automatically turn off or reduce heating and cooling during the times when you are asleep or away. When you install a programmable thermostat, you eliminate wasteful energy use from heating and cooling without upgrading your HVAC system or sacrificing any comfort.

On average, a programmable thermostat can save you $180 per year. Programmable thermostats come in different models that can be set to fit your weekly schedule. Additional features of programmable thermostats can include indicators for when to replace air filters or HVAC system problems, which also improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

5. Purchase energy efficient appliances
On average, appliances are responsible for 13% of your total household energy use. When purchasing an appliance, you should pay attention to two numbers: the initial purchase price and the annual operating cost. Although energy efficient appliances usually have higher purchase prices, their operating costs are 9-25% lower than conventional models.

When purchasing an energy efficient appliance, you should look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy during use and when on standby than standard non-energy efficient models. Energy savings differ based on the specific appliance. For example, ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers consume 25% less energy and 45% less water than conventional ones, whereas ENERGY STAR refrigerators use only 9% less energy.

6. Reduce your water heating expenses
Water heating is a major contributor to your total energy consumption. Other than purchasing an energy efficient water heater, there are three methods of reducing your water heating expenses: you can simply use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, or insulate your water heater and the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes.

If you are considering replacing your water heater with an efficient model, you should keep in mind two factors: the type of water heater that meets your needs and the type of fuel it will use. For example, tankless water heaters are energy efficient, but they are also a poor choice for large families as they cannot handle multiple and simultaneous uses of hot water. Efficient water heaters can be anywhere between 8% and 300% more energy efficient than a conventional storage water heater. Also, be sure to account for its lengthy service life of 10 to 15 years in which water-heating savings can accumulate.

7. Weatherize your home
Weatherizing, or sealing air leaks around your home, is a great way to reduce your heating and cooling expenses. The most common sources of air leaks into your home are vents, windows, and doors. To prevent these leaks, you should ensure that there are no cracks or openings between the wall and vent, window, or doorframe.

To seal air leaks between stationary objects, such as the wall and window frame, you can apply caulk. For cracks between moving objects, such as operable windows and doors, you can apply weather stripping. Weather stripping and caulking are simple air sealing techniques that typically offer a return on investment in less than a year. Air leaks can also occur through openings in the wall, floor, and ceiling from plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring.

Air leaking out of your home is most often from the home interior into your attic through small openings. Whether it is through ducts, light fixtures, or the attic hatch, hot air will rise and escape through small openings. As the natural flow of heat is from warmer to cooler areas, these small openings can make your heating bill even higher if your attic is not sufficiently insulated. To reap the full amount of savings from weatherization, you should consider fully insulating your home.

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