Does a room in your home lack excitement? Add a rug and Badda-bing Badda-boom, problem solved! While that alone is a great reason to decorate with area rugs, there are many others just as compelling.
Rugs can be used to define areas, such as seating or dining areas, conversation areas and foyers. This can be especially useful in an open floor plan or a large one room apartment or condo.
When initially decorating a room, use a rug as the basis for the color scheme of the room. On the other hand, adding a rug to an already decorated room can tie in or accent your existing colors. I would not advise selecting a busy area rug if the room’s color scheme and patterns are already busy. Opt for a neutral rug in this case.
Rugs can be used to “quiet” a room or turn up the volume as needed. If your upholstery or wallpaper has an ornate pattern, choose a subtle rug. When walls and upholstery are subdued you can try a busier pattern on the floor. They also can literally quiet a room! Upholstered furnishings and draperies as well as rugs absorb sound immensely. Walking on a rug certainly makes less noise than clicking on a tile or wooden floor!
Hardwood floors are all the rage but they can lack the warmth and comfort underfoot that only carpeting and area rugs provide. If you prefer getting out of bed onto carpeting, consider installing wall to wall carpet versus having hardwood floors installed and then adding the extra expense of an area rug under your bed. However, if one spouse loves hardwood and the other prefers carpeting, an area rug is the ideal compromise! 🙂
Some things to consider when choosing an area rug:
What is your lifestyle? Do you have a large family tracking in mud everyday? A white shag carpet is no doubt a bad choice in this instance. Choose a low-pile neutral colored rug that hides the dirt AND make them park their shoes at the door!
Where will the rug be located and what is its purpose in the room? Is it an accent rug in a formal living room or a comfy place to sit on the family room floor?
How easily is it cleaned? As a general rule, low pile rugs are easier to keep clean by regular vacuuming and periodic professional cleaning. The medium to high pile rugs need to be professionally cleaned much more often as there is more area for carpet mites, etc. to hide. (Yuck) A low-pile carpet with a premium rug pad creates a soft cushy feel underfoot just as much as a high-pile rug might.
Timelessness. If your style changes often, make sure you pick a rug that will work with whatever whim you may choose. Speaking of whims, if you change your decor often, less-expensive area rugs are a better bet for you! If you don’t plan to move soon and tend to stick to the tried and true style you love, spending a bit more on a high-quality rug will be worth it in the long run.
Material. Rugs come in a wide variety of materials and textures from hand-knotted to machine-made, natural fibers like wool, cotton and silk to man-made fibers such as nylon and olefin. Cost is usually the determining factor when it comes to choice. Natural fibers are far more pricey than man-made products.
Make sure the rug is the right size for your room.
When buying a room size rug, subtract 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room look larger. When laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least 24″ of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when someone is seated. Runners should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter.
Chickens and cows can be free-roaming but not furniture!
Do not just throw a rug in the middle of a room, touching nothing! (unless, of course, it is a runner!) The rug should be large enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement, unifying the furniture. However, there is nothing wrong with placing all the legs on the rug if you happen to own a larger rug! The visual effect is ultimately your choice!
For an area to look balanced under a bed, it should be large enough to extend beyond the sides by at least 18 inches for a king bed and 12 or so for a queen or twin. The rug does not have to go all the way up to the headboard.
Combining rugs in a larger room.
When you have a large room with several rugs in view of one another, its important to consider how they will look together. The easiest trick is matching rugs but that can end up being boring. Two different rugs, one for the living area and one for the dining area can share a similar color palette adding instant harmony to the space. These also can share the same color palette but have different detail in their patterns. You can play around with various rugs and as long as they do not compete with one another and the aesthetic is not “jarring” they should work. You can also play around with shapes, adding oval under your table and square or rectangle in your living area. There are so many choices it can be mind-boggling!
Bonus tip: Always use a liner to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. Don’t scrimp on this step! It should be appropriate for the floor type underneath and exactly the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding.
As always, when purchasing decor for your house, do your homework. You will find that you will gravitate to a style, texture and color of rug that makes you happy, and isn’t that what its all about?
LET’S EAT OUT!
I guess I have to confess that I am a foodie and a bit of a snob when it comes to choosing places to eat! Nonetheless, I can appreciate a fine local noodle joint. Jimbos is in close proximity to Alan Wongs and both restaurants embody excellence in their own way. Jimbos is known for hot and cold udon noodle dishes, side dishes and Japanese curries. Frankly, I do not care for those types of curries but the noodles are superb, made in house. You can choose the wide or skinny noodles. The wide are great for the hot udon choices like the nabeaki that has a full flavored broth with poached egg, shrimp tempura or Jidori chicken and vegetables. The noodles have medium texture, some sweetness and just the right amount of chewiness. A great appetizer is the oroshi ponzu with fresh shitake mushrooms, asparagus tempura with grated daikon, ginger and ponzu sauce. If you go with a group of friends you can try the delicious agedashi yamaimo, (fried tofu with mountain yamaimo (yam) and green onion. Another good choice is the large shrimp tempura. My favorite is the cold toro neba udon. It comes with the mountain yam, mekabu seaweed, nori, okra and green onion. It is a bit slimy but so enjoyable with the skinny noodles especially when natto (fermented soybeans) are added! There is no corkage fee so you can bring the beverage of your choice.
They have daily specials and green tea ice cream with or without azuki beans.
They do not take reservations. There is parking in the front and back but get there on the early side for dinner if you want a good parking space.
1936 South King Street
11 am to 2:30 pm for lunch
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm for dinner
WHAT HAPPENING THIS MONTH ON OAHU?
June 1st to June 30th…Enjoy the State Fair at the Aloha Stadium. There will be rides, food, a petting zoo, racing pigs (really) and thrilling attractions including a demolition derby, monster trucks and much more. Fun!!
June 1st and on several other dates throughout June the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum at Ford Island will sponsor wonderful aviation programs for your children, including camps in aeronautics and aviation themes for school age children. For more information check out their website: pearlharbormuseum.org.
June 1st…The Hilton Hawaiian Village provide the venue for the Honolulu Barbecue and Blues Festival. On their Great Lawn from 4 PM to 9 PM.
June 7th-9th… Annual Pan-Pacific Festival in Waikiki. This is the ultimate block party
with live entertainment, scores of food booths and a parade down Kalakaua Avenue on the final day. This is a three day event with different activities in
various Waikiki locations. For more information, check out the website:pan- pacific-festival.com
June 15th…Are you old enough to remember drive-in movie theaters? Sunset on the Beach is the Hawaiian version of an enormous screening of an outdoor movie.
Spider Man- “Into the Spider-Verse” will be shown at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki at
4:30 PM. Come early for better seats.
June 15th …Makapu’u Twilight Concert at Sea Life Park. Kapena, Ben and Maila, Makaha Sons and Anuhea will perform. For tickets, go to www.SeaLifePark.com
June 21st and 22nd…The Mango Jam Festival will be held at Honolulu Hale on King Street from 4:30 to 9 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 9 PM on Saturday. There
you will find tasty food, craft vendors and live entertainment. Of course, there will a mango cook off and recipe contest, plus activities for children of all ages. Checkout the website for more information: mangojamhonolulu.com.
June 21 and 22nd… The 10 year anniversary concert will be performed at the Wakiki Shell. The two-night festival will include food, beverages, fashion shows and
music with island reggae artists.
June 1st and 2nd…Augustin Hadelich will perform Beethoven’s violin concerto. The Honolulu symphony orchestra will also perform Ravel’s Daphnis et Chlo’e and Roussel’s Baachus et Ariane at the Blaisdell concert hall.
June 8th… The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival will be held at the Windward Mall Center Stage from 1-6 PM.
June 12th-14th… On the lighter side, enjoy some laughs with comedian Ali Wong at the The Milk and Money Tour performing from 7- 9:30 PM at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
Cathy, Mary and Jeff