Moving into a new home can be an extremely stressful experience. There are worries about the cost, both of the new home and of moving one’s possessions, plus the worry of whether those possessions will make the transition undamaged. All of these elements can be overwhelming, but once the initial stress has passed, there is nothing more satisfying than settling in and adding your personal touches to the decor of your home. Whether you have just taken up residence in a house, a duplex, an apartment, or even your first dorm room, this is your chance to express your personality through decorating. With all the excitement of personalizing your space, keep in mind not to neglect your floor.
A Rich History
When beginning to decorate, many people consider the color of the walls, art and photographs to hang, the furniture, and knick knacks, but one of the oldest forms of decorating had nothing to do with the walls, but the floor. Dating as far back as the 5th century BC, elaborate floor coverings have been used to add color and interest to interior decorating. Early rugs and carpets were made from wool fibers and hand woven or knotted, making them an accessory that only the very wealthy could afford. Thankfully, with modern technology and machinery, affordable area rugs can be found in many physical and online stores making it possible for everyone to enjoy the beauty and comfort that rugs can add to a home.
Cleanliness is Next to Happiness
Many homeowners are opting for hardwood flooring because of its durability and cleanliness. Where carpet retains dirt, dust, and microbacteria, hardwood can be simply be wiped clean of these contaminants. Those who suffer from allergies can especially appreciate the added cleanliness of hardwood since it drastically decreases allergens. Unfortunately, as the name implies, hardwood is hard and unforgiving. The solid surface can also be cold and somewhat slippery, making this flooring option less than ideal when one is walking around on a chilly winter morning.
Thankfully, rugs are the perfect compromise between the easy to clean benefits of hardwood and the warm comfort of carpet. Rugs can be found in multiple shapes and even more sizes, so you can easily find one to fit any space and, no matter what size you choose, you can always take them up and have them cleaned. Area rugs can act as a blanket for your feet and a non-slip surface to keep you safe, all in addition to adding to your decor.
Rugs have so many benefits when it comes to decorating. They can add bright, eye-catching focal points or be used to add a calming cool element to a room. If you want to change the entire look of a room depending on the season, just switch out the rug and you have a whole new base to work from. In addition, unlike traditional carpet, area rugs are not permanent; so, if you move you can simply pack them up with the rest of your art pieces, to be used in your next decorating excursion. Affordable, mobile, and beautiful, area rugs are definitely a smart style choice!