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Rugs are versatile floor coverings that can make a great addition to nearly any design; Not only can carpets add both comfort and style, they can also provide extra insulation, dampen sound, and even add a bit of safety to smooth or slippery floors.

When deciding what rug might be right for your space, be sure to consider not only the appearance of the rug, but the size and shape of the room it will be placed in, the amount of traffic the space will have, and the ambiance you want to create.

The size and shape of your space is of course important for ensuring that you select the proper scale of carpeting. However, there are a couple different approaches as to what the proper scale is: For a wall to wall carpeted feel, you’ll need to select a rug that nearly fills the room, leaving a perimeter of around one and a half feet between the rug and the walls. To create a cozy ambiance and use rugs to define a bedroom or seating group, choose one that covers the middle of your space and extends at least half way under the larger pieces of furniture. When choosing a runner for a hallway or entryway, you can again go choose spacing that leaves a perimeter on all sides (this time, of just 3 – 6 inches), or choose to accent different areas of your hall with runner placement.

The amount of traffic in a space and the intended ambiance are both things that you should take into account when selecting the pile and material of a rug. For spaces that will see heavy foot traffic, a low pile carpet made of synthetic materials typically is the most durable option; however, if you’re going for comfort in an area that isn’t a thoroughfare, a higher pile or shag rug made of wool or even silk can add a lot of luxury to a space.

No matter which size or type of rug you opt for, don’t forget to take appropriate measures to ensure that it stays safely in place. A rug pad is the best way to keep any rug from sliding around on tile, concrete, or wood floors, and they come in a range of sizes that can work with floor coverings of every proportion.

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