Warm Up Your Home with an Area Rug

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

The transition from summer to fall provides the perfect excuse to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season. Dress your home for cool autumn weather with these simple interior and exterior decorating ideas.

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Update With New Throw Pillows
As the weather gets cooler, the family will start spending more and more time indoors. Cozy up your living room sofas and chairs with plush throw pillows in different shapes, sizes and patterns. Comfy accessories add visual interest to your living room, plus they’ll emit a warm, inviting tone perfect for the season.

Warm Up the Living Room With Plush Throws
If your blankets and throws have been stored away since last winter, run them through the washing machine before putting them back in use. Hosting a movie night with friends and family? Be sure to keep pillows and blankets handy to ensure that guests are warm and comfortable.

Layer Area Rugs
Layering area rugs is an easy way to add color and texture to your floors. Plus, the extra cushioning and warmth will ensure your feet avoid cold tile and hardwood floors during the fall and winter months. There are no set-in-stone rules when creating this look; just make sure the bottom rug pokes out below the top rug to show off the layering effect.

Prep the Fireplace for Cool Weather
Unless you’re surrounded by year-round winter weather, your fireplace probably gets a bit dusty from March to October. To prepare for cool fall nights, get your fireplace ready for its seasonal debut. Contact a contractor to check for any gas-related safety hazards, like leaks or odd smells. To keep your wood-burning fireplace safe, get a professional check and cleaning before you light the first fire. Now you’re ready for fireside relaxation!

Change Out Your Summer Shades
During the warmer months you may depend on bamboo Roman shades or breezy curtains to cover the windows. But as cool weather approaches, trade out your light and airy treatments for some that offer more insulation and natural coziness.

Light Up Candles
With fall comes cooler weather and shorter days. That means daylight instantly becomes a rare commodity until spring rolls around. Take advantage of early nightfall and embrace the darkness by lighting scented candles around the house. The candlelit ambiance will help relieve stress and anxiety after a long day at work.

Cozy Up the Patio
Don’t forget about your favorite outdoor spot when the seasons change. As summer transitions into fall, the weather becomes perfect for comfortable evenings outside. Decks and patios are often neglected as the weather cools down, but the lack of heat and humidity makes your outdoor space even more usable and enjoyable.

Swap Out Summer Bedding
It’s time to stow the summer quilt and bring back the heavy-duty down comforter and thermal blankets. If you want to save money on your utility bill during colder months, set the thermostat to 62 degrees or below while sleeping or away from home. A thick comforter will keep you warm at night while saving you money at the same time.

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