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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Transitional Style Design

Transitional style is simple but elegant

Many who currently have traditional style decor are now seeking to bring a more contemporary look to their conventionally decorated rooms. Transitional style interior design is just the right solution.

Transitional style has become popular because of the importance of comfort and relaxation in our homes. The trend is also growing due to the versatility of Transitional style. You can mix traditional and contemporary pieces and create a comfortable, eclectic look.

The label "transitional" can cause confusion for some. Transitional style is the blending of traditional and contemporary to create an elegant and timeless look. Transitional is distinctive because it has a comfortable yet classic feel. Think of it as “updated classic” or as a bridge from Traditional to Contemporary style.


The color palette for Transitional style tends to be very subtle with an emphasis on cremes, ivory, tan, beige and taupe. Dark browns or a pop of orange or aqua adds depth to the neutral palette. The simple color palette is relaxing and uncomplicated to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere.


It is best to keep furnishings understated. Choose furniture that isn’t too masculine or feminine, making it comfortable for all. The lines of transitional furniture are typically straight with the occasional soft, sweeping curve thrown in for good measure.

Proper scale is key to making sure the space feels balanced and appropriate. An emphasis should be placed on moderately scaled pieces that exude an unassuming, refined style. Because of the simplistic designs in the furnishings, Shaker style and Mission style furniture is often a nice match for transitional style interior design.


Examples of Transitional fabric patterns are, tone-on-tone designs, abstract elements, stripes and graphic designs, floral and botanical motifs. Updated patterns such as paisley and animal prints are also typical of Transitional style.

Transitional style fabrics include lots of texture.

Micro fiber suede
Raw silk
Woven reeds
Woven rope

Transitional style rug in room

Floor coverings are important in Transitional design because they add color, texture and interest to the space. Your floor coverings as well as your textiles in your design should unify the room.

Berber carpets, textured carpets or sisal rugs are a great way to bring texture to a space.

When it comes to area rugs, Transitional style is a wonderful way to enhance or update your d├ęcor. A tone on tone rug or a beautiful updated floral can add just the right amount of color and interest to your room.

Transitional style rug

Transitional style rug

Transitional style can include some color that pops

Final tips

Transitional style is by nature a little bit eclectic. By using common elements to your advantage you can avoid a disjointed feeling to your space. If pieces in your room are a different style, unify them. For example use the same wood finish for furniture. Use the same fabric colors or graphic elements for textiles and the same textures or patterns in area rugs and accessories.

Go for it! Make the transition to Transitional style!

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: 757-486-6600

Website: http://www.IGotYourRug.com/

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Friday, October 16, 2009

What Size Rug Do I Need?

Rug size depends on furniture scale and placement

How to Measure Your Space for the Correct Rug Size


Place your furniture where you think is best for the room. Measure the open space up to the legs of your sofa and chairs, making sure that when seated, both of your feet should be on the rug. Allow approximately 8-12 inches of exposed floor between baseboards and rug on all sides. More than one rug is acceptable.

DO anchor your rug to the furniture.

DON’T "float" a rug in a room. Scale is important. A too small rug under your coffee table will make the room look out of proportion.

DO use more than one rug if needed to divide the room into separate areas.


DO use your dining room chairs to help you measure what size rug you’ll need. Pull the chairs away from the table, as you would to sit down, on both sides and the ends. Measure from the rear chair legs in width and length. Add 8 inches to this total measurement. This will give you the minimum size rug needed.

Your dining room rug should be large enough to
leave plenty of rug behind the chairs


If the rug is under the bed, allow 3 feet of exposed rug on both sides of the bed. You can also place 2 smaller rugs on either side of the bed. A large rug can also be placed at the bottom of the bed. See picture below.

Large rug placed at the bottom of the bed


DO try to allow about 8 inches of exposed floor around the baseboards on all sides when using a rug to cover most of the floor in a room. More than one rug is acceptable.

DON’T place a rug in a room so that it ends in the middle of the doors or archway openings.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing you area rugs and rug pads for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Removing Stains from an Oriental Rug

Professional Rug Cleaning Virginia Beach, VA
Spills and stains on your Oriental rug are a nuisance but you can spot clean your rug if you use the proper agent for the type of spill you are dealing with.

For best results we recommend the use of the appropriate antidote and procedure. 

Use chart as a guide.

Blotting and stain removing procedure:
  • Work quickly
  • Blot up all excess spill with paper towels.
  • Don’t Rub.
  • Apply antidote as shown on list with a clean dry cloth, working from the edge to the center.
  • Do not soak.
  • Pat with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair blower.
  • Restore pile with clothes brush.
CANDLE WAX: Place a blotter or brown paper bag over the spot. Put a hot iron over the blotter. Wait a minute or so until the wax is absorbed into the blotter. Move the iron constantly and do not let it stay in one place. Repeat if necessary.

CHEWING GUM: Press ice cubes against spot. Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Use spot remover to vanish last traces. Saturate the spot with cloth soaked in vinegar or alcohol.

INK FROM BALLPOINT PEN: Saturate the spot with hairspray. Allow to dry. Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar.

Spot and stain removal procedure chart:

Procedure A: Detergent - Vinegar - Detergent – Water

Procedure B: Cleaning fluids - Detergent - Water - Ammonia - Detergent –Water

Procedure C: Detergent - Vinegar - Ammonia - Detergent - Water

Procedure D: Detergent - Ammonia - Detergent - Water Detergent - Ammonia – Vinegar

Procedure E: Detergent – Water

Alphabetical Stain Treatment Index:

Match each stain with its corresponding procedure under the Spot and Stain Removal section:

You can always bring your rug to us and have it professionally cleaned in our Virginia Beach plant.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Proudly providing you with Expert Rug cleaning for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

Believe it or not, handmade Oriental rugs fall into the category of art work. Unlike paintings and sculpture, Oriental rugs can be used throughout their lifetime and represent one of the best investments you can make. They can be enjoyed as an art form, useful in their utility as a floor covering and represent an investment that may appreciate in value over time. They can also be passed down from generation to generation as it is not uncommon to find hand knotted rugs over 100 years old that remain in usable condition.

At 50 years an Oriental rug is considered semi-antique.

At 100 years an Oriental rug is considered an antique.

The 3 fundamentals of an authentic Oriental rug are:

• It must be made of natural fibers. (Wool, cotton or silk).

• It must be woven or knotted completely by hand.

• It must be of "Asiatic" origin such as Iran, India, Russia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Morocco; hence the term, “Oriental rug”.

Machine made Oriental design rugs lack at least one of these requirements and usually only last about 15-20 years. Where-as a high quality hand made rug, if properly maintained, can last 3 or 4 generations. 

An Oriental rug may be genuinely hand made, but still not be of fine quality. The quality of an Oriental rug is dependent upon the use of the finest wools, the truest of color-fast dyes, and the most skillful hand-weaving techniques.

Some factors that determine the quality of Oriental rugs are:

• Consistent weave; are there flaws in the weave? Look on the back side of the rug to detect irregular weaving.
• The rug should lie smoothly on the floor; does it ripple, pucker or wrinkle?
• Consistent dyes; is the dye colorfast? Compare the colors on the front and back of the rug to determine if the rug has faded.
• Straight edges and ends; the selvedges or the sides of the rug should be straight and properly secured.
• Width dimensions should be the same at both ends.
• Well finished ends; is the fringe straight and neatly cut? Rugs with-out fringe should have ends that are finished in a neat and secure manner.
• Good long-staple, high elevation wool.
• High knot count; the tighter the knot, the higher the knot count and therefore the rug tends to be more valuable. 

• Has the carpet been washed; this should have been a light soap and water wash. (Once you have purchased your rug it is best to let a professional rug dealer clean it for you).

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd. 
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Website: http://www.igotyourrug.com/

Proudly providing you Decorative Oriental rugs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News.