“A rug is 100% hands down … an absolute necessity in most rooms”
I saw this quote recently by Lucy Fenton and it triggered a strange response as I wondered if rugs were an “absolute necessity” in most rooms – it seemed like quite a bold statement to make.
Then I started thinking about my own home and quickly realised that I have a rug or mat in every single space except the WCs (’cause that’s just, eeew – I have a 5 yo old boy – say no more!).
So in practice, it’s something I do but hadn’t even realised that I do.
Why I do it is to add some texture, interest, colour or coziness to our wooden floors (particularly in the winter where they also add a layer of insulation). I love the feeling of stepping out of bed onto a rug, so it’s an absolute must in the bedroom for me.
I also suffer from a dust(mite) allergy so I need to have a rug in the bedroom to catch all the dust that is floating around our 100+ year old home.
Most people think rugs or carpet are bad for allergy sufferers but in my experience, so long as you clean regularly, they actually help keep a lot of dust grounded rather than floating about in the air making me sneeze.
I know that rugs are hard – they can be expensive and it’s difficult to find the exact right one … this is why I do have a love-hate relationship with rugs sometimes BUT what I have now shifted to is the idea of layering rugs.
Using a few small ones to add a bit of interest over a larger plain area rug, for example. Abigail Ahern recently wrote about this so I suggest you take a look at her post if you want to get the lowdown on layering rugs. A great example that still comes to mind is Jenna Lyons living room (below). Prrrrr.
Just think of the floor as your fifth wall and spend as much time thinking about it as you might about the wall paint and art.
So, after some consideration, I would agree that rugs are necessity in most rooms. They’re an easy way of transforming a space, especially if you are unable to paint or hang anything on the walls (like in a rental, for example).
I’m curious – do you use rugs and if so, would you say that they’re “absolutely essential”?
Join the conversation and also keep an eye out for a visual feast of rugs later in the week!