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Rugs are one of those often-underrated ways to finish your rooms.  Sometimes they are seen as something practical while other times they are more of a decorative feature.  The reality is that a rug can be both and can change a space in lots of surprising ways.  Here’s some inspiration.

Using rugs as visual pathways

Let’s start with the hallway, whether that’s upstairs or downstairs.  It’s a pretty functional space designed to get you from one room to another.  There isn’t a lot you can do with them, decor-wise.  But by adding a rug, you can create a visual pathway through the hall and make the room so much more interesting.

A rug can be a standalone feature that fits in with the room decor.  Or if you have carpet on the stairs, it could even be the same colour or pattern.  Plus, runners leading from main entrances are practical as they help collect that mud and dirt on entry and stop it from spreading further.

Using rugs to connect spaces

Open-plan spaces can be tricky.  You don’t want every room to look the same but you do want some kind of flow between them.  A great trick to help with this is to use matching rugs in different areas of the house that lead into each other.

When you do this, the eye spots one rug and follows it to the next one.  There’s a flow between rooms but they can be otherwise a bit different and have their own personality.  This works really well if you have neutral colour palettes.

Using rugs as a room feature

One of the classic uses for rugs remains a valid idea – creating a feature in the centre of the room with a rug.  This has been done for centuries and still works today, no matter what style of design you like or what size room you have.

The trick is to get a rug that fits in with the decor and also works with the size of the room.  You want a feature rug to be big but not so big that it overpowers the space.  Or too small that you can hardly notice it!  If you have a large space, you can always use two matching rugs beside each other to cover the space.

Using rugs to cut down noise

Wood floors are amazing, but the only downside is that you can hear every step anyone makes!  One of the simplest ways to combat this problem is to add a rug in the common areas of the room that people walk around.

For example, in the bedroom, a long rug that runs along the bottom of the bed and towards the door or ensuite bathroom can be ideal.  Smaller rugs on either side of the bed also work well.  Rugs in living rooms and in dining rooms work in similar ways.

Many uses of rugs

From creating a feeling of zoning in open-plan spaces to adding character to a room as a feature, rugs have many different uses and can really bring a space together.