Hardwood flooring is not without its shortcomings. For one, hardwood floors can get cold, especially when you’re stepping out of bed on a frosty December morning. The uniformity that makes hardwood great for open-concept floor plans can also make it tough to define different parts of a space. And sometimes, you’d just like a softer touch on your toes.
That’s the beauty of decorating with rugs. Easily swap-able and endlessly varied, rugs are a simple way to add interest and comfort to an otherwise flat area.
Here are some quick tips for decorating your home with a new rug:
1. Be Bold
It’s temping to play it safe when it comes to rugs, in no small part because they tend to be a pricey. But where’s the fun in that? Rugs are an opportunity to introduce striking colours and patterns without overwhelming the space. Pick a colour that complements the furniture and wall colour, and be creative with the shape and design.
2. Be Choosy With Materials
Beyond design sensibilities, it’s important to consider how the material of a rug will play in your home. Soft, plushy materials aren’t well-suited to high traffic areas like entryways, but jute would hold up well. Fur rugs are a no-no where they’re liable to be exposed to spills or other messes. On the other hand, a rough sisal rug isn’t preferable in a cozy space like a bedroom.
3. Size Matters
When it comes to rugs, in most cases, bigger is better. To create a comfortable space, the rug should easily cover all the main pieces of the space. Make sure the front legs of chairs and couches are on the rug, or it will make the space feel cramped.
If you can’t afford a large enough rug to cover the area, consider placing two smaller rugs instead of cramming everything onto too small a piece.
4. Combine Pieces
With an open floor plan, you’ll often need more than one rug to break the space into different ‘zones’. Decorating with multiple rugs in the same room can be tricky, but it’s definitely doable. Choose rugs with complementary styles, and when it doubt, stick with one colour palette.
5. Be Careful When Buying Secondhand
Rugs are expensive, so you can save a lot of money buying secondhand. However, it’s important to look beyond the surface when buying a secondhand rug. Don’t just inspect the top – flip it over and check the back for stains and water spots. Give it a sniff (some smells, like cigarette smoke, will never come out.) You should also consider having the rug treated for bedbugs to avoid bringing these nasty creatures into your home.