Punch Up Bland Carpet with Area Rugs

Renters Solutions

My childhood bedroom was carpeted - red and shaggy. What can I say, it was the '70s. Even if you like the feel of carpet under your feet, it can be a real design turn off. So what to do when your rental comes with carpet? One strategy is to use area rugs over the carpeting to add color and pattern and put your own stamp on the space. The right rug can set the tone in a room - like hitting the "override" button on that bland wall-to-wall carpeting.

If you're considering doing the same, take a look at this gallery of twenty rooms. Pay attention to the sizes and proportions, the shapes, the colors and patterns to see what could work in your room.

The only drawback of the rug-over-carpet scenario I can think of is keeping thinner rugs in place, especially so you and your kids don't trip over an edge that curls up. Readers had some ideas for securing rugs over carpet in response to a Good Question last year that is worth a read.

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