Frosty weather beckons for extra coziness around the house. An area rug is a great way to add warmth to your space during the colder months of the year. With a multitude of shapes, sizes and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the perfect one. We’ve picked out our favorite rugs for any style, to keep your house warm and inviting all winter long.
Warm Up with Wool
Traditional, durable and plush, wool area rugs are the perfect way to keep your home cozy. Famous for their beauty and seemingly indestructible nature, wool rugs feel warm underfoot while maintaining resiliency in high-traffic areas, even those frequented by kids and dogs. Wool is also known for its ability to stay beautifully structured and saturated in color through cleaning after cleaning, making it one of our top choices for area rugs in living rooms, entryways and hallways.
Say it with Synthetic
Incredibly durable and easy to clean, synthetic area rugs are popular in all areas of the home. Those made of acrylic, polypropylene and polyester are especially tough and fantastic for particularly busy or mess-prone areas, like the entryway and dining room. Synthetic rugs are also offered at great price points, making it easy and affordable to transform your space as the season changes.
Naturally a Good Choice
If indestructible and stain-resistant aren’t your main priorities, might we suggest a natural fiber rug? Available in a variety of shades and textures, these rugs add an air of relaxation to any room, especially in larger sizes for the living room and master bedroom. Jute, sisal and sea grass are all great examples of natural fiber rugs perfect for adding texture and cohesion to your home. Want to dress it up or add some color? Consider adding a colorful twill or leather accent border to the rug to pull your space together.
Shop by Style
If you’re unsure about the material you want to work with, we suggest shopping by style. Traditional design calls for area rugs that are soft and understated, perfect for anchoring a space. These may feature floral patterns, geometric prints and organic designs in soft hues of popular colors like blue, orange and beige. These styles usually play a supporting role in the design of a room and are great for centering furniture in the living room or adding softness to a bedroom.
Those with modern style can look to eye-catching geometric patterns and bold, bright colors for their area rugs. Interesting textures and high piles are also great ways to add flair to a contemporarily styled home while creating a cozy space fit for family and friends at the same time.
Southwestern and eclectic styles are also gaining popularity in the realm of area rugs and are great styles to add warmth to your home. Featuring tribal-inspired designs and earthy tones, Southwestern rugs are the perfect addition to a home styled with midcentury furniture or rustic decor. Eclectic area rugs work best as statement pieces in a simply styled home. Mix-matched colors, patterns, and textures are the perfect way to inject style into an eclectic or contemporary home.
With pets and kids running amok to low doors and high pile problems, choosing an area rug to add warmth to your home isn’t always the easiest home decorating task. Fortunately, with a few of our insider tips in your back pocket you’ll be ready to pick out your traditionally styled carpeting or eclectically elegant rug in no time! What is your favorite area rug style?
**Kerrie Kelly is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an expert on using area rugs as a foundation for room design concepts. She writes on this topic online for The Home Depot. Kerrie is also the author of the popular book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. If you want to review Home Depot’s area rug selection, you can click here.