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Benefits of Area Rugs

An area rug is a common addition to a room’s fifth wall – the floor! They are typically seen on hard surface floors such as hardwood, laminate, or tile, but some even use them over wall-to-wall carpet. There are numerous reasons why area rugs are so popular, and yet some people may be uncertain as to whether they should cover up their beautiful floors with a rug.
 
Perhaps the most obvious reason to have an area rug is for the look of it. Area rugs have a unique way of bringing together all of the elements of a room—such as pulling together various colors used in the décor, or setting the tone of a formal dining room.
No matter what your tastes, décor, or preferences are, we can help! Not only do we offer area rugs that come in many different styles and designs, we also have Custom Rug Programs: You can customize color, edging, pattern and size to find the right fit for your room, hallway, or stairs! Two major things to consider when choosing a rug are Color and Style:
 

  • Light-colored rugs make a room seem airy, while darker styles create an intimate feeling.
  • Bold colors and more active or ornate designs create a focal point. Solid, neutral colors or subtle patterns work best for quietly complementing existing décor.

 
However….the benefits of area rugs extend far beyond style. If you are not sure if an area rug is right for your space, read on to learn how area rugs can actually improve a space.
 

Noise Reduction.
An area rug will significantly decrease the noise in your space. Not only is carpet quieter to walk on than a hard surface floor, but it also absorbs sound from the air. Do you notice that your room has a slight echo? That is because the hard surface floor does not absorb sound in the same way that carpet does. Lay down an area rug, and listen to the difference.
 

Comfort.
It’s no secret that carpet is a lot softer than hardwood or tile, and most people will agree with the statement that carpet is more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface floor. Not only does the carpet feel softer to the touch on your skin, but its softness gives it flexibility, which allows the carpet to absorb some of the impacts of your footsteps. This literally takes some of the pressure off of your body.
 

Warmth.
In addition to being softer, carpet is warmer than hard surface flooring. It has a greater insulating value, especially if it has a pad under the rug. This applies throughout the home but is particularly welcomed in basements, where the floor can be downright cold.
 

Grounding Aspect.
Many people intuitively know that an area rug helps space feel grounded, even if they don’t know how or why. What a rug does is defines the space – which is increasingly more attractive as open-concept homes rise in popularity. Without putting up walls and confining view or openness, a rug defines the dedicated area and prevents feeling as though your furniture is just “floating” in the space.
 

Allergies.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, carpet can actually have a positive effect on allergens in the home. For years, those with allergies were advised to remove all carpeting from the home, on the basis that carpet traps allergens. Numerous recent studies have shown that carpet is beneficial to allergy sufferers because it traps allergens—thereby keeping them out of the air where they will be breathed in. If you have no carpet in your home and suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions, you may find that an area rug will help alleviate some of those problems.

 
In the end, area rugs effortlessly find their place in almost every type of lifestyle and space. Think an area rug is right for your space? Call today, and we’ll help you find your perfect piece.





 

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