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When some people think of area rugs they tend to believe they are only for rooms that hard surface floors like tile or hardwood. Why would you possibly need a rug if you already have wall to wall carpeting? The fact is though that rugs and wall to wall carpeting can work very well together. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider adding a rug to a room that is already carpeted:
To Add Visual Interest – Patterned carpet is not as common as it once was, say back in the Seventies, which on one level is a rather good thing for those staging a home for sale. Many of those older patterns were far too busy and tended to look rather dated rather quickly. However the idea of living with just a plain carpet can be a rather boring one. Adding a good rug can help liven things up. You might be amazed by just how different a room becomes in an instant when you added one of the many great geometric rugs that are available today. Their blocky patterns instantly add interest to a plainly carpeted room without overpowering it, and they are often not as expensive as you might imagine either.
To Make a Quick Change – Adding a rug to a room with wall to wall carpeting can also be a great way to change the look of the room as and when needed especially as the seasons change, something that is important when staging a home for sale. For instance a rooms with a basic beige carpet could be accented by delicate pastel geometric area rugs in the Spring when you want your home to have a light, airy feel and then replaced with a bold, brightly colored geometric rug when winter comes along, to add a little of the warmth we all crave at that time of year and should send off just the right vibe to potential buyers.
To Hide Imperfections – Hiding a flaw or two in an otherwise perfectly serviceable carpet is a practical, useful way to make great use of area rugs and make a good first impression on buyers. Just because someone dropped a cigarette butt on your carpet and burned a little hole in it does not have to mean you have to rip the whole thing out and start again, especially as you are planning a move anyway. A strategically placed area rug will do just fine. You can also add area rugs in high traffic areas as a preventative measure, to avoid having the wall to wall wear too unevenly.
The only time you may not want to add an area rug to a room with wall to wall carpeting is if that carpet has a particularly thick pile, as the effect tends to be one that looks like the rug is squashing the carpet in a rather unattractive manner.