Decorating With Area Rugs

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Schneiderman’s area rugs

As temperatures start to trend in the downward direction, we begin to focus on ways to make our homes warmer and more inviting for the cooler (or downright cold) months ahead.

There are a variety of ways to up the cozy factor, but area rugs definitely top the list for adding that extra layer of warmth to your space.

And area rugs are great multi-taskers as well – here’s what else they can do:

Inspire a room design.

Every room needs a starting point – that one piece that inspires you and sets the direction for the rest of the space. The inspiration piece can be anything, but an area rug can be a perfect option.

Purchase a beautiful area rug that you love, and then use the colors from it to inspire your room’s palette.

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Add the finishing touch.

I’ve seen so many otherwise well-designed spaces that fell short because they lacked an area rug.  They felt unfinished and not nearly as cozy or intimate as they could have been.

Not every room has to have an area rug, of course, but more rooms than not will look more complete because of it.

Punch up the color.

Area rugs are a great way to add some spice to a space.  They can be dark and serious or bold and playful; plain or patterned; thick or thin, but a color you love is key in this case.

bedroom with layered area rugs for added comfort

Amp up the comfort level.

Hardwood and tile floors are beautiful, but if you’ve ever jumped out of bed onto a cold floor you know that most floors can benefit from the extra comfort that an area rug will bring. And if they’re layered, all the better!

Add texture.

We’ve talked before about texture’s major contribution to a successfully decorated room, and an area rug is just one more (important) layer in the texture scheme.

living room with area rugs to define functional areas
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Help define a space.

When you’re working with an open floor plan, sometimes it can look like you purchased groups of furniture and just randomly sat them around.

Area rugs will help to define the different functional areas while adding interest and personality at the same time.

But can you use an area rug over carpet?

In most cases, absolutely!  And for many of the same reasons you would use them in non-carpeted spaces.

Interior Designer Lauren Leiss

Natalie Stob, accessory buyer for Schneiderman’s, offers some suggestions:

Generally it would be good to have a thicker versus thinner rug over carpet, so it keeps its shape and stays nice and flatI would suggest a hand tufted wool rug, ideally, because of its thickness. 

A good rug pad is crucial for all area rugs and we carry a premium rug grip great for all applications. It’s reversible so you can use it over carpet or on hard surfaces (just flip it over).”


For more rug tips and inspiration, check out these posts:

How To Care For And Clean Your Area Rug

Layering Area Rugs | Tips, Inspiration and Ideas

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