Look Out Below! [Area Rugs To Love]
Recently, a friend and I discussed how valuable area rugs become with crawling children down below. I started thinking about the great purposes of rugs. Rugs were certainly among the first prenatal purchases for our renovated 1940s wood-floored apartment--and, as it turned out, my son only crawled when on the rugs! With or without children around, rugs accomplish a variety aesthetic purposes. Here are some examples that you will want to roll around on.
This sleek square rug visually creates a room within a room, and complements the clean lines and minimalism around it.
Here, a nice area shot exhibits another example of a concentrated gathering area within a larger room. The fireplace as a focal point encourages hours of cozying up.
Similarly, this rugs helps to break down the visual focus of this expansive and elevated room.
This softer, cushier rug can not only please the most sophisticated adult, but can also be the carpet that newly-mobile babies need. This is similar to what I used to cover the wood flooring in our 1940s renovated apartment when my son was learning to crawl.
... Another view, another time of day, of the same room. The rug gives the right touch of warmth.
This rug adds a softness for little limbs, but also serves as another play environment. This is similar to the rug in my son's room, and he shuts his own door and plays forever with his matchstick cars.
Though more Edna Ferber/ranch style, my parents' redecorated living room is situated similarly to this room. With a grand fireplace on one side of the room and Pottery Barn entertainment center spanning the other side, my mom wisely added a plush shag-like area rug over the wood flooring. That change alone [the new leather furniture and flat-screen tv didn't hurt of course] revolutionized the functionality of the room. It went from a sometimes-used room to a room that my five younger brothers practically live in.
Beyond function and texture, rugs are a great [and easily-changeable, for the fickle-minded] way to add color and visual interest to a space.
This skinny rug ties the hallway into the larger background room, the rug's pattern contributing to the scholarly atmosphere of this fantastic hallway library.
The rug in this photo finished off perfectly an already charming living room.