I love open concept living. It’s easy for entertaining and the open space can become anything you choose. You can have one large living area, or you can separate the space into a few vignettes. But without walls to define space, how do we know what areas are for what? How do we position our furniture?
Area rugs are the decorative essentials that allow us to define our space. It’s pattern, texture, size and color anchor every piece of furniture and accessory to the room.
In a home that has mostly hardwood flooring, area rugs bring warmth to the space. They are a great alternative from wall to wall carpet as they are easier to clean and easier to change out when you tire of them.
So, why are rugs so expensive? Well, for starters a lot can go into making these textiles. Price is determined on thread count, size, fabric content (wool is more expensive than nylon for instance), how it was made (hand made is more expensive than those made on a loom) and where it originates, internationally or locally.
With a degree in Apparel Manufacturing Management, I studied fashion, textiles, interiors, and business management. So believe me, I get why textiles for both interiors and apparel are expensive and I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into their production. I also can appreciate the cost of high quality manufactured goods, because, if taken care of properly, they can last a lifetime. While I can argue the reasons of why you should spends tens of thousands of dollars on area rugs, I just can’t bring myself to go crazy spending a lot for my own home.
Why? Well, for starters, I have kids. Textiles and children just don’t mix. When my twins were born, I started off with all white furniture. 3 years into my kids life and 5 years into the life of my furniture, even with regular professional cleanings, my sofa and dining chairs were no longer white, but the perfect shade of Toddler Grey. I don’t mean toddler grey in a cool Benjamin Moore kind of way either.
Second, I like to change my style. Every few years I like to “start over” with the décor. I like to purchase new pillows, new area rugs, new curtains, and a few new home accents. I tend to stick to neutral pallets for my furniture so I can play with color and texture in my area rugs and other soft furnishings. By not spending crazy amounts of money on area rugs, I don’t feel as guilty switching them out every few years.
Lastly, my area rugs get more traffic than any other item in my home. My husband and I love to entertain. We enjoy having all of our friends and their little ones over to the house on the weekends. I prefer to not break the budget of the room on something that everyone will be walking all over and that could easily be spilled on, or barfed on, for that matter. I can’t tell you how many times my children have gotten the stomach flu right on my rug. I want people to feel comfortable in my home, so if they spill, or if dirt gets tracked into the home, it’s not as big of a deal to me as if I had splurged on the item.
So if your life and your home are busy like mine, then don't break the bank on an area rug that you are going to stress over maintaining. There are plenty of beautiful rugs available that fit into any and every budget.