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Decorate Your Home With A Cleopatra Touch
By Sarah Crosset

Cleopatra, the great Egyptian queen is well known for many reasons; one of which was her creative use of rugs. Of course, we all know the story of how Cleopatra had herself wrapped in a large rug and delivered to Julius Caesar who was in town intent on taking over her country. She saved her country by forming an alliance with Caesar, later continued with Marc Anthony after the death of Julius Caesar. The rest as they say is history; all because of the creative use of one rug.

Unlike Cleopatra, most of us don't use our rugs to make new friends, at least not in the ways she approached it. We use our rugs to decorate our homes and to make our home warmer. Furthermore, we can simply go to a store or shop online when we want a new rug rather than poor Cleo who had to order hers about a year in advance.

Modern day area rugs come in all shapes, colors, materials and sizes. When you decide to use a rug in an area the first step is to determine how large a rug you will need. You also need to realistically assess how much foot traffic

the rug will subjected to so that you can make a good choice of fabric for your rug. Decide what the real purpose of the rug is; will it be a decorative focal point, only for utility purposes or a combination of both? What style of rugs would complement the room where they will be used? What about the light in the area, is it a light area or a dark one? Once you have answered these questions, you are ready to shop.

Modern technology has enabled mass production of inexpensive rugs. You can easily find rather rugs to fit any budget and home decor either in store or online. When you are shopping, have a budget in mind to make your search practical and more productive. With the vision of your completed room in mind, look for the rugs you desire. Don't settle; keep looking until you find exactly the rug/rugs you want.

If you are looking for a rug to focus attention on one area or particular furnishing, choose a small sized rug. If you have a room that you would like to see more coordinated and blended, use several small rugs of the same color scattered about to tie the room together. Conversely, if you have a room you would like to appear as divided into sections, rugs of differing colors placed around the room effectively "partition" a room. The same applies to whether to choose one large or several small rugs for a room. One large rug most definitely unites and blends a room as do several small rugs of similar color. To "divide" a room requires several small rugs of various colors.

Decorating with area rugs is not as simple as merely throwing a rug here and there. To decorate properly you need to think about the area size and shape in addition to thinking about what it is you expect the rug to achieve.

By pre-planning the use of space you are sure to select rugs that not only do their job but look beautiful doing it.

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