Area rugs are great for many different reasons. When many of us think of area rugs we think of adding a decorative touch to a room. in many ways, an area rug can change the theme, mood, and spacing in room, but there are more benefits to area rugs than merely cosmetics.
Area rugs also help to protect the floors in the area that they are placed, and can act as sort of a floor slipcover in spaces that we may think are beyond repair that could use a cover-up. Area rugs are versatile, protective, come in many shapes, styles, colors, and materials, and have a wide range of uses. One is used over wall to wall carpet.
Some people think that using an area rug on wall to wall carpet will look like too much. Just because you already have carpet in a room doesn't mean you can't add in an area rug. While wall to wall carpet can be looked at as serving a function an area rug can be placed over it to be used as a work of art, setting a style tone for the room. (and/or maybe to cover up an unsightly stain or two that juswon'tnt come out of the carpet)
Here are some great styling tricks to help you make area rugs work for your carpeted room whether you are staging to sell or just need a makeover.
Avoid Too Much Plush
Take the pile of your carpet into consideration when choosing a rug. You don't want to choose a rug with a thick lush pile if your carpet already has one. You run the risk of sending a retirement home vibe. Too much plush also creates a tripping hazard. Create contrast between the piles and dimension to add interest, not an eyesore that draws negative attention as well as a safety hazard.
Add Visual Interest with Contrasting Color and Texture
In most homes carpet is basic, neutral, and all one pile length. This is a great background to bring in any color and pattern of rug. The rug should bring color and life to the floor and room. Grab a rug with a different and contrasting texture/color/ pattern to distinguish itself as an important design element in the room.
Choose the Right Size
You can create smaller spaces in a room with area rugs. Want the main sitting area and maybe another area that is used as a reading nook in a great room? Define each space with a rug. You can also find large rugs almost the entire size of the room to tie everything in together. To decide on rug size first solidify the purpose and space for the rug.
Don't Forget About Rug Pads
A rug and rug pad go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is still a great idea to have a pad even with an area rug over carpet. Look for a rug pad made for use with carpet or some double- stick rug tape to keep your rug in the place you intended it to be.
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Whether bringing a new style, defining spaces, or covering over unsightly stains, an area rug can bring new life into a carpeted room. Just make sure to remember purpose and contrast with the existing carpet.