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Publication Date: 2014-02-01

Design Insights

3 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Space with Rugs

As temperatures fall and summer fades from the rearview, the comforts of home become all the more enticing. Beach weekends and picnics at the park are traded for movie marathons and ordering in. Staying home suddenly becomes a much better option than venturing into the elements, especially when home is warm.

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The use of color and texture within a home can evoke any number of moods: cool, calm, stimulating, cozy, or warm. A new coat of paint is one obvious way to alter the mood of a space, but that’s a big commitment. An equal impact can be achieved by working from the ground up. One of the simplest ways to bring warmth to a space is through rug choice. Elements such pattern, weave, color, and texture allow for endless ways to change any space.

Shag – This indulgent option is a familiar flooring standby. Though it fades in and out of being considered “in style”, no one can deny the eternal appeal of shag. To have your toes greeted by plush warmth after dragging yourself out of bed – what could be better? Although neutral is an elegant color choice, we’re partial to deep, charcoal gray or a bold, saturated color.

Color – Choosing a rug in a warm hue such as red, gold, burgundy, or even a muted beige adds depth and warmth. This bold color family would bring spice to a neutral room, but could also be incorporated into a space that already has a strong presence of color. Find a warm hue that you like within your existing decor – a patterned pillow, a piece of art, or a lamp – and match your carpet to that shade. This will keep the space from feeling too busy and create a sense of cohesion.

Wool – Whether in neutral hues, bold patterns, or a vibrant color, wool rugs naturally invite warmth into a space. Just think: your warmest sweater, your trusty peacoat, the socks you wear on snowy days. All wool. All reliable. All cozy. Another perk? Real wool rugs are naturally stain resistant thanks to their high lanolin content [lanolin is a natural oil produced by sheep to protect them against harsh environmental conditions].

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