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Adding a rug to a room can sometimes seem like a big change. However, there are a lot of subtle benefits to adding a rug to a living space. Besides being nice to step on and breaking up the visual textures of a plain bare floor, rugs can change the space they occupy in great ways.

They Help Room Acoustics

One of the first advantages of decorating your home with rugs is a distinct shift in the acoustics. Currently, it’s trendy to adopt an understated look using neutral tones, simple decorations, minimal wall hangings, and just a few pieces of furniture. The idea here is to create a quiet and calm space. However, all the open areas and blank surfaces can create a less than quiet area that resembles an amphitheater. Just as adding acoustic boards to a studio’s wall will reduce echoes, adding a rug to your floor will absorb a lot of the ambient noise bouncing around.

They Warm up a Space

Anyone who has had bare floors before knows how cold they can get. In fact, hopping from strategically placed rugs to traverse a room safely without touching the cold floor is a common survival tactic for many during the winter months. While coldness may not be a reason to abandon beautiful hardwood floors, you can help the temperature of a room with a nice rug. The advantages of decorating with rugs are many, but warmth is most people’s top reason. Carpeting holds heat much more efficiently than it does cold, so a rug will even provide comfort in a very cold space. There is nothing quite as nice as stepping off chilly wood paneling and onto a nice plush rug.

They Tie Together the Decoration

Decorating a room is something a lot of us put forethought and care into, regardless of the style. Arranging a space in an aesthetically pleasing manner is practically a form of meditation. First, the walls and ceilings are painted to match the chosen color palette. Then decorations and furnishings are carefully added to enhance the chosen palette and reinforce it with texture and form. The floor, however, is often left out of the picture, as there isn’t anything to be done. Placing a rug on the floor, however, allows the savvy homemaker to tie in the theme of the rest of the room. There is a lot to consider in terms of rug placement when seeking to create the ideal balance. By coupling placement with a thoughtful selection of color, pile, and design, you can vastly improve a room’s look.