The gleaming shine of a new or freshly refinished hardwood floor adds beauty to your home. You can reset the look of your kitchen with a new tile floor.

But as soon as it’s finished, your floor begins to suffer the wear of everyday living. Furniture and pets can scratch hardwood, and sunlight can fade it. Spills can damage it, and tiles can chip or crack. Rugs can help protect your floors while still allowing that beautiful gleam to appear around the edges of a room.

But even if you’re one of those people who keep a pristine home with nary a dust bunny, much less a chair without footpads, your floor can still look a little blank on its own. Try these three stylish and creative ways to dress up your floors with rugs.


Choose the Right Size

A rug in your living room can “float” in the middle of the room, or you can rest the front legs or all four legs of your sofa and chairs on the rug. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that leaves roughly three feet of space around the edges of the room. For dining areas, you’ll need a rug that extends two feet out from under the table, so all four legs of the dining chairs stay on the rug when guests are seated.

Use Rugs To Define Areas

Open floor plans have become so popular that it’s sometimes hard to know where the living room ends and the dining area begins. Area rugs help define your space. One will mark a conversation area, while the other sets a space for the dining table and chairs.

Vinyl floor rugs are great for kitchens, hallways, and entrances because they come in a variety of colors and patterns. They’re also easy to clean and have a very low profile, so they’re easy to walk across and place under furniture.


Layer Rugs for Contrast and Color

One trendy and stylish way to dress up your floors with rugs is through layering. Layering rugs creates an interesting contrast in color, pattern, and texture. Use rugs with complementary colors and patterns and arrange them so that one crosses the other at an angle. You can also put a smaller rug atop a larger one. Be conscious of tripping hazards and arrange the rugs so that they don’t leave raised edges in the middle of traffic patterns. Vinyl rugs are great for layering because of their super slim profile.

Think of your floor as a blank canvas. Create artwork on your floor with an artist-designed vinyl rug from Studio M! You’ll not only protect your floor, but you’ll add an artistic touch to your home that elevates its style!