I once thought the biggest party my son and I had was dancing underneath our seatbelts while Katy Perry’s “Firework” blares out of the dashboard on our way to school drop-off. But according to my new-ish neighbors, the blow-out bash of the year happens every time I hang clothes in my closet or my keys fall out of my purse in my apartment. There has been a flurry of crazy complaints, reviews of bylaws, persistent knocking and other un-neighborly business afoot. (No, really, all that anger is downstairs.)
So it’s time to go from quiet to silent. Or at least lay down some more floor coverings that are a bit more official and sound-absorbing than what I have. I got adult enough with my decor decisions to research every element I needed to know about buying my first real area rugs.
I had the inspiration (thanks, neighbors!) and the knowledge (merci to the experts!). The only thing left was the budget (umm…). Fortunately, I am a believer that you can spend less and (get ready for my Nina Garthhhia comment here) still find expensive looks.
First, be true to your budget. Don’t even look at the rugs that fall outside the range you can afford.
Second, remember size matters. Bigger rugs are spendier. If you’re in love with a design or fiber, size down until the rug fits both your room and your budget. You may need to create a tighter seating arrangement or rotate the rug so a smaller covering works better in the space.
Third, don’t give up until you find a rug you love. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to bring home a covering that feels sumptuous and looks lovely, but you may have to look through more patterns, fibers and shapes until you are smitten. Don’t settle! But don’t slack off either.
Here are 10 rugs that no one will suspect cost less than $200 and will be be right at home in your space and bank account.
Now how much do you think the magic carpet costs that flies finicky neighbors far, far away?
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