A Look at Our Favorite Furniture: Rugs

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    When it comes to making a room feel more like home, all you have to do is look down. A simple but significant update to any room can be as easy as rolling out a new rug.

    Benefits to adding a little more coverage to your floor range from vanity to utility. While they can tie your whole room together and act as a statement piece, there are practical features to rugs as well. Laying rugs out in a room with hard wood or tile can prevent cold feet and reduce draftiness. Adding a rug to your entryway or porch can keep inside floors and carpets cleaner, as they catch the brunt end of whatever your guests might have on their shoes or bare feet.

    Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or entryway that needs a little extra something, these rugs have got you covered.

     

    A neutral but textured area rug like this one ties the room together while still adding interest to the mix. Image: Urban Home Windsor

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    Neutral area rug

    A neutral area rug acts as the glue for any room, especially in a monochrome room. Think of a neutral area rug as the canvas on which to stack your furniture and bring your room’s vision to life. Not to mention, in a sitting area like this, having a plush area rug presents more comfortable options for sitting areas as you and your family and friends gather cross-legged on the floor for game night or movie night.

    Chic but down-to-earth, cowhide rugs give off a feeling of effortless cool. Image: Overstock

    Faux cowhide rug

    Perhaps one of our favorite interior decorating trends, a faux cowhide rug offers all the practical benefits of a normal area rug with an extra dose of cool. The earthy tones and natural texture of a rug like this adds some soul to your space. Using this style of rug as part of your home office or bedroom is a sure way to add a luxurious update to your routine.

    Tying the colors of your textured rug with your other furniture and even adding more textured art to the walls takes your space the extra mile. Image: Urban Outfitters

    Textured area rug

    A textured and colorful area rug like this one is like a piece of art with a purpose. It is practicality, elegance, fun and a conversation starter all in one. When choosing a textured rug remember to pay close attention to detail and think about its specific location in your home. Think about the color and textures of furniture your rug will be playing off of and whether or not they will mix well.

    A matching area rug and runner in your kitchen and dining area create a book end effect by adding borders and symmetry. Image: Lisa Petrole

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    Woven runner and matching area rugs

    We love the idea of adding a solid rug under the dining table. This runner/rug duo is the kitchen/dining area set up of our dreams, as it not only ties the common area together, but offers support in the cold-feet-while-cooking department.

    While choosing rugs for either your dining room or your kitchen keep in mind the kinds of materials from which the rug is made. Factors to consider are whether the material is water-proof or stain-proof, the colors and patterns go with your dining set, and so on.

    Trying out a woven rug on your porch or deck gives a cozy feeling to your open space. Image: Overstock

    Woven outdoor rug

    Adding a weatherproof rug to a porch or deck makes the outdoor space feel like an additional room to your home. A woven wicker rug can make even the coolest concrete or plain wood feel warmer and welcoming, which is important to both the front of your home as well as the back of your home where you are more likely to entertain.

    No more cold feet while you’re getting ready, plus additional aesthetic value. It’s a win-win. Image: Birchlane

    Bordered bathroom rug

    Bathroom rugs tend to be a staple in most homes. No one wants to wake up in the morning (or in the middle of the night) to be greeted to freezing cold tile on our feet.

    Adding a bordered rug like the one above, however, is a fresh way to add elegance to your restroom’s floor. The border and neutral colors offer versatility while also serving its purpose of eliminating the feeling of drafts while you brush your teeth.

     

    Welcoming your guests into your home with a runner takes your hospitable first impression to the next level. Image: Julie Dasher Rugs

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    Entryway runner

    A runner in your entryway is a more modern take on the old-fashioned welcome mat. While still serving its purpose of allowing visitors to step in and wipe their feet, it also presents the impression that you are figuratively rolling out the red (or striped or beige) carpet for your guests. As a runner leads guests from the door and entryway into your home, there is a certain essence of “you’re welcome here, come right in” that makes it special.

    So whether you are looking to simply add the little extra piece to your porch or living room, or update a space with one fine piece, rugs are the furniture of the hour. When done right they can transform and add warmth to a home as they help you express your style and carry each room on their backs.

    Here is a collection of our favorite rugs of the moment:

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    Where have you added rugs in your home? Let us know in the comments.

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