Kathy Streib really helps us define the use of rugs in our homes. Each and every one of the ideas below are worthy of consideration. If you are not sure, get an experienced stager, like Kathy, to help you!
Or, Hide and Seek Won’t Work When Selling Your Home.
This wasn’t the first and I’m sure it won’t be the last time that a seller asks me if it is all right for them to use a rug to cover up something.
The other day a seller called for a consultation. They had some furniture and accessories but wasn’t sure if they would need more accessories to help with the presentation.
He asked if I had a rug that would cover the floor in a room that was damaged by the recent hurricane.
What I told them was that while we use rugs to anchor areas or for accent, we never use them to cover up something.
So why and when do you use a rug?
1.As an anchor
This is especially true when you have a seating arrangement, for example, in a large room with hardwood floors. The rug anchors that arrangement to that particular area keeping the arrangement from looking as if it were floating in the room.
2.To add color
Sometimes a space needs a bit of color to tie things together or add some pop.
3.To direct focus to an area
Rooms need a focal point so that your eyes aren’t bouncing all over the place. A well-placed rug can draw your eyes to that special place.
4.To add warmth to an area
This is especially true in Florida where so many of our rooms have floors that are tile and hardwood. An area rug can add warmth and give it that homey feel.
A rug also adds real warmth to a room that tends to be cold.
5.To protect high traffic areas or one where spills can occur.
Rugs are a lot easier to replace or clean than a whole room of carpet or other flooring.
Today’s large rooms can benefit from area rugs that say “this is the great room, and this is the dining area.”
However...when preparing your home for sale, rugs should NOT be used to hide or cover-up cracked tile, stains on your carpet, or any other damage.
Buyers WILL look and what pops into their mind is what else are they hiding from me?
By the way, the area that was damaged by the hurricane was very small and the seller decided to replace the damaged flooring. Their agent was extremely happy!!!