No...That’s Not Why We Use Rugs.

Reblogger Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

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!

Original content by Kathy Streib


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. staging question


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.


living room-staged


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.


6.To define

Today’s large rooms can benefit from area rugs that say “this is the great room, and this is the dining area.”



family room


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!!!


 Kathy Streib 

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sadly I find rugs are otten hiding something even when it's not intended... color, the original vs. the now.

Jan 16, 2018 11:53 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Sheri... this was a great post, wasn't it? I saw it this morning and commented to Kathy on it then. Great choice for a reblog.

Jan 16, 2018 12:35 PM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri,  Kathy is so smart I wish she was in the Denver area, she would have lots of business from me.

Jan 16, 2018 02:02 PM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've had to explain this to many sellers, and unfortunately to some agents.

Great reblog choice!

Jan 16, 2018 06:32 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

I follow Kathy, with her posting more than one each day sometimes I miss one.  This is an example of one of those I missed

Jan 17, 2018 01:16 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great reblog. I showed a house to a young professional. THe seller had moved most of the things out of the house. In the living room was a piano and a rug on the floor. I lifted the rug, and the floor was a total mess.

Jan 17, 2018 02:55 PM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love to use rugs on hardwood and even sometimes on carpet.  It frames an area.

Jan 17, 2018 05:58 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

what a great post glad you reblogged it, often the unethical people show their true colors when the ask a question like "covering up the sins" of the house, Endre

Jan 18, 2018 07:22 PM #8
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