Minimalism is gaining in popularity in recent years, with more people opting for less stuff and instead, shopping with greater intention. Our homes should feel like a place of respite and relaxation, and too much clutter can create a space that’s quite the opposite! With that in mind, we want to choose items that give us the most impact in terms of form and function. Enter: rugs! With a variety of patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes, rugs can be a great way to keep your home feeling uncluttered but cozy all at the same time.
WHY RUGS ARE ESSENTIAL COZY INGREDIENTS TO A HOME
Rugs truly complete a room! In homes with hard flooring, they double as a soft landing and a noise absorber for babies, kids, and even dogs. In homes with carpeting, they break up the monotony and offer a chance to protect the floor from spills or dirt. Bonus - since rugs don’t take up any wall real estate, they won’t make a space feel as “closed-in” as adding other types of decor might.
HOW TO PICK A RUG COLOR: LIGHT, DARK, OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN?
First, consider the location of the rug - is it a high-traffic area? It might be best to err on the darker side so that dirt doesn’t show as quickly. Lighter color rugs can make a space feel much more open, so a small bathroom might benefit from a lighter option, for example.
Second, can the rug be easily cleaned? You might feel more comfortable opting for a lighter color if you know it can easily be thrown in the wash! Darker colors will camouflage spills and dirt, and may also be more forgiving when it comes to manual cleaning methods.
Pick a rug that enhances your space, either as a focal point or by providing the missing neutral element to make your space feel complete. Rugs can easily be swapped between rooms, so don’t be afraid to try something new!