Good Questions: Area Rugs on Top of Carpet?

Good Questions: Area Rugs on Top of Carpet?

Heather Blaha
Aug 7, 2007

Hello AT,

My husband and I have been searching for apartments and have found one that has everything going for it: great location, safe neighborhood, comfortable amount of space, and a big deck and backyard. The big drawback is the carpet (below). I'd like people to feel at home when they come over, not like they're waiting for the dentist. I want to lay down huge area rugs, like these (pictured here).

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We can't afford to cover wall-to-wall, so I'm wondering whether the contrast will make the carpeting even more obvious. Any decorating tips to make up for the ugly carpet?

Thank you!
Selena

Dear Selena,

We're thinking that maybe it's best to try a set of area rugs more similarly textured to that of the carpet. The sisal choice from Crate and Barrel looks great, but may make the contrast you describe the greatest. We also think you may have the most luck in terms of look and function to try one or two large rugs, rather than several smaller ones. Anyone out there deal with this before?

Any other opinions??

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