Interest in home improvement is at all-time high, with people seeking to enhance the appearance of their home. Adding a rug is a great way to bring colour and an attractive feature to a room. An article examining the main benefits and how to best use them.

If you are looking for an easy way to transform the look of your home, a rug could be the perfect solution. Available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours, they instantly add a warm and cosy feel to any room. From small round mats for the bathroom to eye-catching runners stretching the length of the hall, they are a simple and versatile accessory that will enhance any interior.

Practically Perfect

There are a number of advantages to using rugs in your home. Not only do they feel soft and cosy underfoot, but they have a variety of practical features too. A rug is far easier to clean than a carpet in the event of any food or drink being spilled. Used in a hallway, they will prevent muddy footprints from permanently damaging your hall carpet, whilst a hearth rug placed in front of a fire will minimise any scorch marks from stray cinders. They are the perfect way to break up a large expanse of flooring, creating attractive focal points to make the room more interesting. Used on top of lino, laminate or stone flooring, they will add warmth to a room that can otherwise feel a little cold and stark. Great value and easily available, a rug is a simple way to enhance your decor without breaking the bank. Rather than run the risk of committing to brightly coloured or patterned flooring that might easily date, choose carpets in neutral tones and add in colour with an unusual rug. An additional bonus is that a rug is quick and simple to change if you get sick of the pattern or want to change your colour scheme.

Huge Range Of Styles

There are rugs to suit every room and type of interior. Traditional Afghan pieces are woven with elaborate designs in stunning blues, greens and golds and look best against a neutral, plain background for an elegant, sophisticated feel. For a more dramatic look, choose a bright Turkish kilim in bold reds and earthy browns, the angular geometric patterns giving a contemporary rustic touch. A runner is a long, thin mat that can be used in a hallway or even up a flight of stairs. A hand-knotted rug with a deep pile is ideal to step on when you get out of bed, whilst the latest designer pieces offer an array of textures and contemporary patterns. For a truly unique effect, choose a delicate Persian silk rug and hang it on the wall to create a flamboyant piece of art.

Whatever your taste, there is a rug to suit. From enchantingly pretty rugs to hang on a wall to robust colourful floor runners, you are certain to find the perfect piece to enhance your home.

Idania Silvia is an interior designer with several years’ experience writing for a variety of home and lifestyle websites. She uses sites such as to get updated information on the latest trends in home furnishings.