There are a ton of different directions you can go in when it comes to refreshing your space for the new season — from updated furniture to a fresh coat of paint to a more modern color palette — but few are as simple and effective as the perfect rug.
So what, exactly, makes a rug so worthy of your springtime attention? Let us count the ways.
They’re instantly transformative
Whether you feel your home’s style has grown outdated, or you’re simply tired of the same ol’ aesthetic and are vying for an interior revival, there’s no easier way to instantly infuse new life into your nest than with a bold rug. And given their endless versatility, there’s most definitely a perfect one out there to make your design sing, no matter your style sensibilities.
They add warmth to the mix
Both literally and figuratively, rugs add all kinds of warmth to any style. Figuratively speaking, a beautiful rug will instantly warm up the overall vibe of your space as it contributes aesthetic cohesion. In the literal sense, a new rug will keep your toes warm after rolling out of bed first thing in the morning, which, of course, is no small advantage.
If you’re working with an open floor plan or happen to be a studio apartment-dweller, rugs are your best friend when it comes to partitioning off different rooms in lieu of a wall. For instance, if your kitchen and living room flow into one another, adding a rug to either room will clearly define the boundaries, making your space more well-rounded.
They keep your neighbors happy
If you live in an apartment, then chances are you well know how annoying it can be to hear the thumping steps of your neighbor above you. Adding a big area rug to your most high-traffic area will reduce the amount of noise your footsteps make for your neighbors and give you loads of good apartment karma in return.
They add dimension
The most compelling homes are those that are multi-faceted, giving your eye plenty to play with as it scans around the room. But this doesn’t mean you need to fill up your space with a ton of “stuff” to create an interesting look. Integrating a pretty patterned rug will contribute the dimensional intrigue you’re after without adding extra clutter.
They can be mixed, matched, and layered
Contrary to what a lot of folks think, a rug doesn’t need to be a standalone decor item. We’re seeing lots of people maximizing their rug’s potential by mixing and matching with other rugs of various sizes and patterns. You can even take it a step further by piling them on top of each other to create swoon-worthy layers for your look.
They protect your floors
Homeowners are all too familiar with how tough floors can be to maintain, and how expensive they are to replace. Incorporating a big area rug will save you a bundle in time and headaches when it comes to protecting your floor. That said, even if you’re renting, a big rug will go a long way in helping you hold onto that precious security deposit.
They’ve a knack for cohesion
If you’re feeling like your space is looking a bit disjointed or lacking a clear design concept, a rug is a great way to tie your look together in a cinch. Opting for one with hues and tones that complement your furniture and color palette will ensure your space looks intentional and cohesive.
If you have any little ones running around your home — be they of the human or fur variety — then you’ve probably seen your share of slips and slides across the floor. A large rug with a non-stick pad underneath can be incredibly helpful when it comes to preventing slips and falls.
They’re easily interchangeable
One of the greatest things that sets rugs apart from other major home updates is that they’re super simple to switch up. Whether you’re quick to change your mind or you love to change your home with the seasons, storing a bank of beautiful rugs will ensure you always have an aesthetic update within arm’s reach.
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Written by Kelly Weimert