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Hate Carpet? 3 Ways to Love Rugs!

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Laura
07.02.13

There is no carpet middle ground: either you love it or hate it. But even if you’re not a member of Team Shag, your feet may still yearn for a wooly and warm embrace from time to time. So, what’s a floor minimalist to do?

One word: rugs.

What’s that? You think rugs are just less exciting versions of carpet? Think again! It turns out that they offer more opportunity for creative expression than you may realize. Besides the endless pattern and material options available, there’s something to be said for the arrangement itself.

Photo: West Elm

Here are three rug tricks that are cool enough to convert even the coldest of concrete lovers.

1. A Series of Circles 

Once upon a time, circular rugs were limited to circular tables. Instead of this predictable pairing, consider using multiple circles to cover a broader area. Stick with the same rug, letting the chic lily pad effect make a statement.

2. Create a Path

Bringing in rugs doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to your beloved floor. Take a more restrained approach by sticking with narrow rectangular rugs or runners. Avoid placing them in the middle of rooms. Instead, line them along the periphery and consider using them to connect separate spaces.

3. Mix and Match

Why limit yourself to one rug per room? Consider your floor a blank canvas and artfully combine smaller rugs to make a statement worth walking on. Look for different patterns and textures unified by a single accent color and experiment with overlapping to achieve a cohesively quirky effect. 

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