Not only can a rug change the look and mood of a room, but they also have a range of practical benefits — from warming your home, to reducing noise and protecting your floor.
Once the cooler months come, a rug is essential for those with hard floors as it will help to soften a space and add some much-needed warmth.
Need more convincing? Here are the top five reasons why you should invest in a rug for your living room ASAP along with tips for finding the perfect rug for your space.
Brighten a dark room.
If you’re renting, then you’re likely to be stuck with whatever carpet your place comes with. Throw a light rug over a dark carpet to help brighten the look and feel of your lounge room.
Changes your color theme.
A rug has the ability to add to (or change) the color scheme in a room. Consider buying two different styles for your living room: thin, light-colored rug for summer and a chunkier, darker one winter. Changing the mood of your room can be as easy as swapping between the two rugs.
Warms up your house.
Hardwood floors are not only chilly underfoot in winter; they don’t help hold in any heat. Even looking at them can make you feel cold! Lay down a rug over your floors during colder months to help warm up the whole house and keep your toes snug.
Protect your floors.
Whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, a rug can help protect against spills, stains, and scuffs — this is especially important if you’re renting! Place one in high-traffic areas like the lounge room, or in areas where the kids play and eat. Indoor/outdoor rugs are great as they are durable and easy to clean.
Rugs are an extremely effective and stylish tool for reducing noise in a space. Not only is it quieter to walk on carpet than it is a hard surface floor, but it also helps absorbs sound from the air.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.