Choosing Area Rugs For Your Home

  • Why should a homeowner consider placing a small or large area rug in a particular room? Area rugs are an excellent option to accent a room and protect hardwoods from excessive wear. They also provide comfort in a gathering space.
  • What are the benefits of using a rug? Since many homes have hardwoods and tile, rugs protect from heavy wear and tear. They also help with sound reduction.
  • What different rug fabrics, colors, styles, shapes and sizes are available today that perhaps weren’t available years ago? Area rugs are more often made from carpet, which provides flexibility in size, shape, color and pattern. We are able to provide a custom rug within three to six weeks. Many pre-made rugs come in standard sizes that no longer fit larger spaces and to order a custom size can take several months.
  • In which rooms are area rugs most effective and why? All rooms that need softness, warmth or an extra element of design are good candidates for an area rug.
  • What are some things a homeowner should consider before choosing the perfect rug for their chosen living space? Clients should consider the use of the space. 1-Stain resistant fibers like nylon and polypropylene are best for spaces with heavy traffic, children and pets. Wool is a very durable and luxurious option. Sisal and Seagrass are natural choices that can be accented with fabric borders. 2-The size of the rug can be determined by the room or the seating space. Dining tables should always be 18 to 24 inches larger on each side to allow easy movement of chairs. 3-When choosing a rug you should have swatches or pictures of your current furnishings and fabrics. Rugs can be used to create a neutral canvas for a bold room or as an accent in a monochromatic design.
  • What is the expected lifespan of an area rug before you should consider replacing it? Area rugs require proper cleaning maintenance to achieve the longest life span, just like carpet. The fabric quality and location can also dictate the lifespan.
  • Any other tips or suggestions on this topic? When shopping for a rug bring fabric swatches, pictures of the space and a rough dimension of the room. This helps the designer or the sales person make informed suggestions.

Source: Leslie Waller, MODA Floors & Interiors project consultant/designer

Updated Master Bath and Spa Bath

MODA Floors & Interiors Project Consultant: Tasha Elrod
Client: Paces Construction
Location: Atlanta

Goal: Remodel home for re-sale
What We Did:
• Master Bath Tile – Versailles 12×24 Natural Chateaux Ivoire Porcelain Tile that looks like marble, with Calacatta Gold Accent band and pencil in shower.
• Spa Bath – Travertine Mosaic Tile on walls and Versailles floor.
• Steps to Terrace Level – Fabrica Chinois Silver Sage Carpet with rubber pad.
Design Challenges:
Paces Construction brought in designer Barbara Shelton and MODA project consultant Tasha Elrod to update this William T. Baker designed home’s master bath and terrace spa areas. The newly refreshed spaces perfectly complement the architecture while matching the existing home, creating a seamless upgrade. Tasha also handled MODA carpet upgrades in several rooms, and a curved stairway to the terrace level.

Photos: Paces Construction

Easily Remove Pet Hair From Carpet

We love our pets! But when they shed, it can make it difficult to keep a neat house. Let Bodie show you how STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ carpet easily releases pet hair while vacuuming, cutting vacuuming time.

Shaw Floors Announces Color of the Year

Every year since 2014 Shaw Floors has named a Color of the Year for the upcoming year. (Royal English Navy, Lady in Grey, White Hot, Lush and now Gold Rush) Shaw says these colors work well alone and can deliver even more pizazz when they work together.

Gold Rush brings energy to a room, creating a range of emotions from warmth to excitement, from serious to playful. What do you think about the color? Will you use it in your home?