Area Rug or Upholstery? Which Element Should You Commit to First?

The enduring question of whether to begin with an area rug or fine upholstery as the primary focal point of a room is an age old home décor conundrum that cognisant home owners and decorators find themselves evaluating when it’s time to update the living space.

As far as we see it, the most important elements to start with are the pieces and/or fabrics you love.  Whether it’s a particular sofa or sectional style you have in mind, or a brilliant area rug that’s captivated your senses, or simply a specific colour or range of colours you find yourself in pursuit of, you can never go wrong starting there.

The important thing is that the pieces you choose flow together well and represent your tastes, while providing the comfort and style you require of your updated space.  That said, it’s important to appreciate that a rug will anchor a room and serve as a primary focal point, even if only as the secondary focal point.

If you’ve decided to start with a chosen rug, a single-toned rug will best suit complementing multi-tone upholstery, whereas a colourful, or patterned rug, is best served by a solid-coloured upholstery fabric.

To refineyour space, choose quality accents such as window coverings, throw cushions, and wall colours to complement the secondary and tertiary tones of the more colourful of the two chief elements in question.

If you wish to discuss your custom upholstery possibilities with an experienced room planner, or interior decorator, feel free to stop by Markham Furniture (2 Locations in the Greater Toronto Area) and let our dedicated staff assist you in evaluating the plethora of options before you in designing the living room suite of your dreams.

Markham Furniture lovingly crafts custom sofas, loveseats, chairs, sectionals, and related upholstery accents in the custom upholstery fabric or leather of your choice.  Our showrooms offer thousands of luxurious fabrics – and hundreds of 100% Top Grain Italian Leather options – which our experts are keen to help you narrow and decide upon.  Fabric samples are available upon request to help ensure that you take your time to make selections you’ll be thrilled with for years to come!

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