One of my favorite things to add to any room is a rug. Rugs have the power to bring a space together, anchor your furniture and instantly add a cozy feeling which is perfect this time of year. Whether you’re adding a runner to your kitchen or an area rug to your living room, rugs can transform the look of any space.
I like to switch out rugs for the seasons to freshen up our home and highlight seasonal colors. I recently added the Loloi x Amber Lewis Georgie Rug in Antique and Bourdeaux to my living room. It defined our sitting area and added the perfect about of warmth to our all-white room while tying in our brown herringbone sofa and tweed barrel chairs. The before and after speak for themselves.
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Rugs come with a hefty price tag so I take advantage of big sales throughout the year to purchase new rugs for our home. Rugs Direct and Wayfair have the rugs in our home on markdown, so if you’re looking to purchase a new rug for your home, now is the time to buy.
NOT JUST FOR LOOKS
Rugs are versatile home decor items that are useful and can save you money in the long run. I have several rugs around our home, especially in high-traffic areas.
We have smaller rugs and runners at the entrances to our home to protect our hickory hardwood floors from sun damage and inclement weather.
They’re great for living spaces to prevent a path from being worn on wall-to-wall carpet. We have a large area rug under our master bed to prevent the carpet from being worn along the sides of the bed since we frequent that path daily.
Rugs are a staple with children as well. They’re great for hiding spills and stains. I prefer the look of a vintage-inspired rug as the variation in color helps to hide any mishaps that may happen.
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If you have an open-concept home as we do, pairing rugs might be tricky. Here are a few tips for combining area rugs:
- Dominant & Underlying Colors. I look for undertones in one rug and choose another rug that uses that color as the primary color. The colors complement each other well since they’re seen in both rugs. It’s always good to repeat.
- Old & New. Pairing a vintage-inspired rug with a geometric pattern creates a nice mix of old and new. Mixing in a bit of modern with the organic look of an older rug keeps your home from feeling dated.
- Geometric & Jute. Bold patterns, like checkerboards, can be balanced by pairing them with a textural solid, like jute.
- Mix Size & Pattern. Bold patterns can be a lot in larger rugs. Save your patterned rugs, like florals, for smaller spaces and display them as a runner in your kitchen while opting for a monochromatic neutral area rug for larger rooms, such as the living room.
KEEPING RUGS IN PLACE
I’ve tripped over my fair share of rugs and if there’s a piece of advice I can pass along it would be to take measures to keep your rugs from curling up on the ends or sliding all over your hardwood floors.
- On hardwood floors, I use these Rug Pad Grippers. They suction to your floors keeping your rugs in place and leaving no damage behind on your rugs or floors.
- On carpet, I use at least 2.5″ nails and tack the corners down through the rug, carpet, and carpet pad to the subfloor below. This keeps your rugs from curling, slowly buckling from traffic, and shifting over time.
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