One of the hardest things for clients to stomach is an expensive rug. In a lot of people's minds, rugs are just something you walk on and if they're literally going to be under your feet, why would you put a lot of money into something that's just going to get walked on. Here's the thing with rugs--they're so much more than just something to walk on. Rugs are MAJOR players in your room game. Even if they're not the obvious MVP in a room, they're the real MVP because they pretty much make every other major piece of furniture work. Here's how....
Visually, rugs fill up a lot of space. Yes, they don't completely fill a room all by themselves, but they do make a space feel pulled together and finished. That sofa and chairs is basically just floating their if it doesn't have a rug to ground it. A rug basically defines the space. Even if the furniture IS the space, it doesn't look like the space is complete unless there's a rug to group everything together.
Rugs are one of your main color providers. Way too many people think that the walls should have all of the color. False! Walls are really just the background. Walls should't be the focal point, they should be something to build off of. A rug, however, can have a lot of color and pattern without making the room feel smaller (like colorful walls tend to do). A rug can be all of the pattern in the space and be all the pattern one rooms needs. If you feel safer purchasing neutral furniture, don't be afraid to get a rug with pattern, it'll bring those beige sofas to life!
Aside from defining spaces and adding pattern, rugs can actually make rooms feel bigger if they are the right size and are laid the right way. On the other hand, one way to instantly make a room feel smaller is by purchasing a rug that's too small for the space. A larger rug accentuates the open space and draws the eye out from the center. We understand that the price of rugs jump with the sizes, however, you're basically wasting your money by purchasing a rug that only fits under the coffee table--you can't walk on it or put your feet on it so it's not functional. It may add a little color but it's making your space feel smaller so it's probably doing the opposite of what you want it to. Buying the right size rug will be worth it!
Finally, rugs help with acoustics. Ever walked into a big empty space and heard the echo? A rug will help eliminate that. Because rugs add a thick padding to the floor, they help absorb any extra echo. The more padding, the better the sound absorption. :)
Bottom line is that rugs are important! Even if you can't afford a big thick rug, at least try to get the big thin rug. The visual finishing an appropriately sized rug accomplishes is worth the money!