I have beautiful floors – why using a rug? Well you have spend a small fortune to put in those gorgeous wood floors and now your designer wants you to put down an area rug. That sounds like a waste of money you just spent on the wood floor. If you are fitting your own room, do what you like personally. Don’t listen to anyone, if you are sure of what you want.
If you are going for something other people like too, you may want to listen to the professional. The area rug has other functions too. If your space has different usages, the area rug can help to define the different sections of the room. It can anchor the dining area and separate it from the sofa and chairs that can be defined by a separate area rug. Think of different vignettes that the rugs create. They pull the sofa and chair together to a real living area. It creates some balance rather than having disconnected furniture pieces cluttering a room. The other quality rugs have, is to change the acoustics of a room. Have you ever been in a large empty room and hear that weird echoing sound the room has. Well your area rugs help to improve the acoustics and make the room more comfortable. It also warms up the space and gives a feeling of balance and simply completes the design a bit more. The area rug is an additional opportunity to introduce texture, pattern and color. The great things about rugs is also they can be fairly inexpensive. So if you grow tired of it you can very easy replace it without problems. Try that with your hardwood or tile floor. There are some home decoration stores who carry a great selection of area rugs at reasonable prices. Online store offer even greater bargains, if you are willing to take somewhat of a chance on the purchase. Colors sometimes come out a bit different than in the picture, and you can not touch the rug and feel its texture, but if you are looking for a bargain option the internet can offer great choices. Don’t think of covering the nice new floor. Think about protecting it from excessive wear and tear while softening your interior design with layered textures. It may lead you to take the shoes off and kick back. Not the worst of all side effects, don’t you think?