Creative Design Process for Custom Canvas Rugs
Having a custom canvas rug made gives you the unique opportunity to actually create a rug that will be the perfect fit with your interior décor. If you are drawn to a specific design from any aspect such as another rug, wallpaper, stationary or anything really, we can replicate a likeness of the design offered.
Patterns and Designs
One of the first steps in the design process is selecting a pattern size for a custom rug. It is important to consider the size of the pattern itself. For instance, with our Damask pattern the size of the stencil and the number of times the pattern is replicated on the rug will have a very different effect according to its size. It is difficult to discern the size of the pattern on a rug if you are viewing it too close. You need to visualize what the design will look like from a (standing) distance vs close-up. Only pets will see the rug pattern from such a perspective. This is something we can discuss and clarify, according to the size of the rug and the look you want to create.
When selecting colors visit your local paint store and bring home a wide selection of paint color swatches in the tones you are considering. For international orders we suggest using Sherwin Williams as their exact colors/paints are available here in Costa Rica. As a starting place for color choice in the design process, try going a few shades lighter or darker than the wall color; or pick up a color from a detail on the furniture and use it as the background color. If you prefer a contrast to the floors, a darker color for lighter floors or a lighter color will brighten up a dark wood floor.
We use a polyurethane varnish for the finishing coat on all of our canvas rugs. This is must for both flooring material and canvas rug floor cloths. It offers the most resistance to traffic, protection against stains and allows for easy maintenance and cleaning. There are a couple of different options with regards to a finish:
- For a matte finish we use oil based-polyurethane; this oil-based varnish finish is also available in either a satin or glossy finish
- An oil-based varnish will give the color a golden glow when using natural colors such as beige and browns and actually enhances the colors
- If you want a rug with a bright white color or pastel colors a water-based varnish is recommended. However, keep in mind that the water-based finish choice is available only in a glossy finish. It is very flexible and brings out the true pastel or white color you may want in your rug design.
Rug Placement in Relation to Design Process
Consider the visibility of the design itself in the area where the rug will be placed. When ordering a rug for a dining area much of the rug will be under the table. Unless you have a glass table and want something spectacular to look at while dining, I suggest keeping the detailed part of the design to a border around the edge of the rug. The center can be a simple stamped pattern or a solid color.
If the rug is to be situated in the center of a room with furniture placed around it, then a simple border with the most detail of the design should be in the central part of the canvas rug. A rug pulls all of the design elements of your interior décor together. Selecting the colors and placing the design can create a centerpiece or compliment any other focal point in the room.
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