An area rug can transform any room from ordinary to extraordinary. In fact, there’s no easier way to alter a room’s atmosphere! Create a unique foundation around which to arrange the entire room, from furniture to coffee tables. Or, use a stair runner to turn your staircase into an eye-catching design element within your home. You can also make a large space feel more intimate and inviting with a single well-placed rug or multiple rugs placed throughout.
While you’re probably familiar with the visual benefits of including an area rug or two (or more!) in your home design, you might not be familiar with some of the other benefits of area rugs. When placed atop hard-surface flooring, an area rug can actually act as a protective layer between your flooring and heavy foot traffic, furniture damage, wear and tear, and more. And when used with a good rug pad, an area rug will make your hard-surface flooring much more comfortable to walk on—particularly if your home gets cold!
Depending on material, size, and manufacturer, area rugs can be extremely affordable, making it easy to enhance any room on a budget. Polyester and nylon rugs, for instance, are more common and tend to be more affordable. Handmade silk rugs, on the other hand, are considerably more complex to manufacture and will be pricier. Consider these rugs as beautiful investments to hand down for generations!