In order to add life and personality to your living room, dining room, or other area of your home, you’ll want to invest in a few new pieces of rugs. With the range of materials, colours, shapes, and sizes available, it can be hard to choose the best rug for your home and space. However, there are always a number of options available, from shaggy rugs to runner rugs, and even more. To help you find the perfect rug(s) for your home, here are five awesome types of rugs you should consider adding to your home this year.
5 Awesome Types of Rugs
1) Area rugs
Area rugs tend to serve as anchors for a room, setting an area apart as an important space. You can also use them to define areas within a single room. Their ability to create focal points means they work well in less formal spaces, especially those that are cluttered with too many visual elements. In more formal spaces, area rugs may be most useful as accent pieces and smaller additions that create interest rather than drawing attention away from other key design elements. They’re also incredibly practical, serving as additional seating or even protection for hardwood floors underneath furniture like coffee tables or ottomans.
2) Runner rugs
A runner rug is a great way to spruce up your hallway or foyer. With most runners measuring around 6 feet long and a few inches wide, they’re designed to fit between doorways, leading from one room to another. Most runners are made from low-pile fibres (such as sisal or wool) that prevent wear and dirt accumulation—so they look better with age. Since runner rugs are typically flat and narrow, you won’t want to use them in high-traffic areas of your home; but with their low cost and versatility, runner rugs may be perfect for covering an area you otherwise don’t want to invest in carpeting for. The best part about a runner rug? They can easily transition with changing seasons.
3) Carpet runners
Carpet runners are pretty much what they sound like—strips of carpet that run from wall to wall and give any room a seamless look. They’re great for hallway or entryway use, as well as anywhere you need some added warmth, particularly during cold winter months. In fact, one study found that carpet runners are best used in rooms that see a lot of traffic. One drawback: You'll have to step over them every time you walk through a room. That said, it's hard to beat their value. At around $20 per square foot, they're an affordable way to get a custom-looking rug without breaking your budget.
4) Door mats
Whether it’s your doorstep or even just a spot in front of a high-traffic door (basically any area where you want to signal that you care about getting muddy shoes on your carpet), a doormat can help keep dirt and grime out of your house and show off your decorating skills all at once. When choosing mats, think about what kind of wear they’ll get and how colourful you want them to be. There are tons of styles to choose from, from geometric patterns to artsy weavings, you can find one that works for you pretty quickly.
5) Machine made carpets
Also called tufted carpets, machine made rugs are typically woven from synthetic materials and they’re a great choice for both cost and durability. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that synthetic carpets will generally not last as long as wool or silk. This style is available in an enormous range of sizes and colours, making it easy to find a suitable match for any room you want to decorate. Consider using machine made rugs on hardwood floors or even your patio. They’re also easier to clean than natural fibres; just shake them out when they get dirty or vacuum them with a soft brush attachment once a week.