Rugs

A complement to or a substitute for carpet?

Most people think of rugs only as a smaller and more portable substitute for carpeting. But a throw rug or an area rug can be a marvelous accent - even for a room already outfitted with wall-to-wall carpeting. Since there are so many rugs to choose from, the most challenging task when shopping is sorting through them all, to find one that fits your home's existing decor and color scheme. You can choose from generic area rugs, Persian rugs, Oriental rugs, Turkish rugs, braided rugs and rug padding.

Whether you want a rug to cover a bare hardwood floor or to add panache to a room that already has carpeting, a rug will offer sound deadening and visual flair to your room without compromising your family's comfort. If sliding is an issue on a hardwood or ceramic tile floor, then you can get some rug padding to place beneath your rug, preventing it from slipping or piling up when pets or children run across it.

The price of a throw rug or area rug will depend on what level of quality you need and what you want to do with the rug. If your main goal is simply to add some color and a focal point to the room, or to additionally pad a floor that is already covered with carpet, then a simple and inexpensive throw rug made of olefin (polypropylene), nylon or vinyl will serve sufficiently without breaking the bank. You can find something like that for as little as $100 or less. But if you're looking for a high-quality, handcrafted masterpiece woven from natural fibers like wool, then you could end up spending several thousand dollars or more. All of these materials can be cleaned easily, and the portability of a rug gives it unparalleled versatility over wall-to-wall carpeting.

A rug can change the entire feel of a room, so having a couple of different rugs to swap out from time to time will have a high impact in the room. And because you can get rugs for relatively reasonable prices, they can be switched out and changed depending on the season, your mood or just your personal tastes. For example, you could go for an antique rug or a contemporary rug in your living room. You could also get washable rugs for your bathroom. In fact, if you want bathroom rugs, they almost have to be washable, as they tend to get dirty quickly.

Whatever your style of home decoration, a rug can certainly be a welcome addition. It will save you money when used in place of full carpeting or it can play the role of an accent piece in rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting already installed.

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