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Area Rugs: The Secret to Adding Color & Texture to Any Space


We’ve all been in that space where we walk into our new apartment or home, move everything in and look at our living room, or even bedroom and suddenly notice that the area is bland.

Perhaps it’s an old, worn wood floor that just doesn’t stand out, or there is a lack of brightness and color to tie together furniture and distinguish the space. While it may sound like a too-good-to-be-true statement, area rugs may very well be the cure-all to a poorly tied together space.

Why do I need a rug?

For many who have had a rug at any point, it has become a necessity. Aside from the sudden freedom to go barefoot wherever your rug resides, area rugs tie rooms together in a number of ways that helps your home feel more like home, or even brings a more personal, positive vibe to any space.

First and foremost, a rug does just as much as a good paint job. Just like changing your wall colors from drab sepia to white or gray can help a room feel more open, an area rug can add significant depth to a room with color alone.

A white and gray rug, for instance, placed in your underground room can tie together black, blue, brown, and white furniture in a way that is consistent and feels natural. It can help your room feel more open and comforting.

Additionally, in any open concept-style space, an area rug can help distinguish what one area is for versus another. When you are looking into what type of rug to get for your space, spend time considering what colored furniture you already have, and examining what the best color of rug suits your space.

If you have a broad variety of furnishing colors, look for a rug with neutral colors (gray, black, white, light blue). If you already have a specific furnishing color, look for a rug that compliments these colors, or ties them to one another.


Beyond color alone, an area rug can be the perfect way to add texture to your space. This can be done through a number of avenues. First, the physical texture of your rug can achieve this.

A woven rug, a wool rug, a bamboo rug, or a fur rug will all affect your space differently. Supplying the right physical texture to support your space and create the vibe you want to experience in your space can do wonders.

Partially coinciding with physical texture, while also existing on its own is the implied texture of your rug. The shapes and patterns of your rug can supply texture to your space—something more visual than felt. It is important to think about both pattern, and lack of pattern as having an effect on your space.

Let’s say that all of your furniture is solid colors, and your walls don’t have any significant patterns on them, aside from a few photographs or pieces of artwork. A patterned rug can help supply energy and life to your room.

In this case, a persian rug may be a good idea, or you can pursue visual textures like diamonds, circles or swirls, or even something striped depending on your room placement. These accents can help your room feel less rigid, and more awake.

Conversely, if you have a room that has patterned furnishings, wallpaper, or even vibrant artwork, a solid-colored area rug can help bring calmness and cohesion to your room.

And finally, if you want to add a touch of luxury to your rustic vintage-style home, natural cowhide rugs can be an excellent way to do so. These rugs bring a wild and rustic element to your decor that can elevate the overall ambiance of your living space.

You can find custom-made cowhides at They are made from the hides of cows that are carefully treated to create a durable and long-lasting product. The natural texture and pattern of cowhide rugs add an element of uniqueness and individuality to your living area. Each rug has a distinctive design that is impossible to replicate, making it a unique piece that will impress.

This is where it is important to have a plan and vision for your space. If you have not yet furnished your space, think about how you want to do so. If you buy your rug first, ensure that your furnishings work with its colors and patterns. If you have already furnished a space, look for a rug that texturally supports your space.

What Spaces Can Use an Area Rug?

Truly, almost any space can utilize an area rug to make it feel larger, more comfortable, or to simply tie it together. The only space you may want to consider avoiding placing a rug in is your kitchen, as you will spend a lot of time cleaning your rug.

Aside from this, there are a plethora of rug sizes to choose from, allowing them to help a number of spaces. A large area rug is great for a living room, or even dining room. A smaller rug can serve as a great piece to bring comfort to an office or desk space. A runner can help display the flow of your home or space.

Are you a musician? Get a rug that you can bring with you to different venues or gig spaces to serve as a portable stage that makes your space more comfortable and supplies ownership.

Truthfully, a rug is one of the best ways to tie a space together, and once you find a rug you love, it will be difficult to imagine your space without it.

Lauren Miller
Lauren Miller, who holds a degree in Consumer Sciences from Colorado State University, has been an authoritative voice in product analysis and consumer advice for over 15 years. Joining our team in 2020, Lauren elevated our buying guides with meticulous research and practical insights. She specializes in crafting detailed buying guides and reviews. Previously, she worked in product development and consumer advocacy. Lauren is a gourmet cook and a passionate advocate for sustainable living.

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