Holidays, Home Decor

4 Ways to Holiday-Proof Your Home with Area Rugs

The holidays are officially here, and the guest lists and invites have been sent out for your Christmas dinners and New Year’s parties. All that’s left to do (aside from cooking your feast) is get your home ready for guests and lots of traffic. One of our favorite ways to prepare a space for more people and more exposure is laying out multiple area rugs. Below you’ll find our favorite ways to position area rugs, layer them and add visual interest with color, size, pattern, and material.

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1. Follow the Rules

Though area rugs are often needed more so during the holiday season to protect your tile or wood flooring during busy times like Christmas parties and New Year’s soirees, the same decorating rules still apply. For instance, you may be excited to drop a seasonal rug in the living room. Pay special attention to its placement and make sure that at least the front legs are on the rug. This unifies the furniture with the rug and connects the room, maintaining style and proportion. You can also have some furniture, like occasional chairs, with all four legs on, while the sofa only rests two of its legs on the rug. This still maintains a cohesive look, but allows flexibility depending on the size of your seasonal rug.

2. Choose Easy-to-Clean Rugs

Instead of throwing your prized hide under the dining room table before your annual holiday feast, opt for a rug that is easier to clean, as table scraps are sure to make their appearance on the floor a time or two. Our favorite dining room rug is made of a synthetic material and spans the width of the entire table and chairs. If you still wish to keep a more fragile rug under the dining space, layer a synthetic rug over the top for added visual interest and protection.

3. Mix and Match

Our favorite aspect of the holiday season is the ability to mix and match interior styles. Show off your own unique style by layering area rugs in different materials, colors and patterns for dimension and durability. A natural fiber rug is a great foundation and adds an organic touch, while a layered wool or hide rug on top adds warmth and coziness—perfect for the holiday season. For high-traffic areas, opt for synthetic rugs that are low-pile and easy to clean. In places where you aren’t expecting much traffic, consider laying out a soft, shaggy rug.

4. Complement with Furnishings

Last but certainly not least, layer your favorite furnishings and accessories atop the rugs. While an area rug establishes a perimeter, the furnishings are what makes the room’s design come alive. This is also a great time to rearrange sofas, chairs and tables to create the best configuration for high-traffic areas like the dining room and living room. Sprinkle in your favorite holiday accessories and voila! Your home is ready for company.

As you freshen up your holiday look with new decor like area rugs, you can see various options on the Home Depot website. What are some of your favorite ways to holiday-proof your home? is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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Bio: Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, CA. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education. Kerrie is a certified member of ASID and IIDA.

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