Area Rugs can be well
used by the frugal decorator. They are extremely versatile, and serve many
purposes. They can start off in the living room, move to the
Family Room or Bedroom, and eventually end up in the garage or an outdoor
Unlike wall-to-wall carpet,
which is best kept in a neutral color, area rugs can bring colorful designs and
patterns into your room without overwhelming it. Also, unlike wall-to-wall
carpeting, once you buy them, they are yours to keep when you move.
You are lucky if you have wooden floors under
your carpeting. It may take some work to refinish them, but they last forever.
They do not collect pollutants, like carpeting, and are much easier on people
with allergies. New houses are so well insulated, that you need all the help you
can get keeping your home fresh.
Laminate flooring has become very popular, and looks great with
You can lay area rugs on high traffic areas
to protect carpet, or use them to tie a seating area together. You can also
just use them for display, even on the walls.
Some people will tell you not
to lay one carpet on the other. However, from experience, I know that if I put
down a carpet runner in a high traffic area, I can fluff up and restore the
carpet. If I don't, the carpet will be ground down to a pulp and there is no
There is tremendous variety
of types and prices of carpets, from woven mats to oriental rugs. Stores like
Costco often get in luxurious wool rugs, as well as some of the more novelty
If your room seems very
square and angular, consider an oval rug to soften it.
Add interest to your room by
choosing from the many designs and styles, such as contemporary, Oriental,
Indian, Floral, Geometric, etc.
Braided rugs add wonderful
country charm. However, generally they are not of the same quality and they do
become dirty and require more care.
As far as decorating, if you
need texture in your room, think about a Berber carpet. To read more about
and Interior Design.