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Affordable staging tip: Make the most of rugs

Affordable staging tip:  Make the most of rugs

June 8, 2011
 
Some may take the decorative appeal of rugs for granted, but they can come in handy for home sellers who are eager to market their property attractively. Realtor Magazine reports that when used appropriately, a tasteful rug can accommodate nearly every room in one's household and accentuate the aesthetics of nearly any flooring type. When used as part of a comprehensive staging strategy, home decor can help reel in a home buyer who's on the fence about buying a home.
 
Bedroom
 
According to Realtor Magazine, home stagers recommend an area rug that extends about 18 inches beyond the end of a single bed. Alternatively, in a room where there are two beds, an area rug should only extend about 12 inches beyond the foot of the beds. Designers recommend these layouts because they frame the end of the bed, creating a pleasing look that balances the size of the bed with the floor space of the room. A large rectangular or square rug is recommended to make a bed look smaller and the room itself appear larger.
 
Living room
 
Realtor Magazine reports a large area rug that can comfortably fit all of the furniture in a living room - sofa, side chairs, coffee table - is the best size for this room. However, it's important to leave between 12 and 15 inches of floor space exposed because home buyers will still want to see some of that flooring. Additionally, the regular floor can provide an attractive framing effect for the rug itself, according to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA).
 
Dining room
 
The WCFA reports the edge of an area rug in the dining room should run just beyond the perimeter of each chair's back legs. Additionally, the rug should be big enough so that diners can push away from the table and stand up out of their seat without actually leaving the rug.
 
Elsewhere
 
Carpet runners in hallways can liven up what's normally a boring section of the house, Realtor Magazine reports. In addition, circular rugs often suit oddly-shaped rooms.
 
Color and styles
 
Ultimately, Realtor Magazine reports a rug should fit in with the style of the home. Traditional decor should be accentuated with a classic rug, while abstract shapes and colors suit modern homes. Dark rugs are ideal for high-traffic areas because they won't show as much wear, and they'll protect the regular floor from damage, reports the WFCA. Home buyers often place a lot of value on high-quality original flooring with minimal damage, making rugs all the more valuable in that regard.
 

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