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5 Impressive Ways to Dress Up a Living Room

wood floors in front of a fire place that needs to be protected from high humidity“This room needs something. I just don’t know what.” Your living room is the focal point of your home. It’s where your friends and family gather. It’s the location of many family memories. In most homes, a living room is one of the first rooms guests see when they walk in the door.

But if it’s lacking that “something” that would put it over the edge and create a good first impression, use one of these décor ideas that can give your room the character, visual interest, or pop that makes it a room you can be proud of.


Window shades are an often-overlooked décor idea (unless the sun is a problem). Window treatments can add visual interest and function to any living room while still playing off existing living room decor. A beautiful shade paired with a patterned drape or curtain can add the character and visual interest to any living room, plus it protects the floors and furniture from fading.

an area rug being made at Y's Way

Area Rug

An area rug can anchor a room and tie all the elements of a room together. It can add visual interest to a neutral décor or coordinate all the colors of a room. Area rugs can also serve as a functional piece; area rugs can protect flooring from spills and heavy foot traffic. If an area rug is the perfect addition to your living room, make sure you ask the flooring pros if any mats need to be used to protect the floor. To get the right style, order a custom rug made specifically for the living room (in the right size, colors and pattern-use these tips to choose the right rug).


Shutters are more than just a way to keep the sun out of a room. These upscale décor elements can be the final touch that upgrades the décor, and can even add value to a home.

Hardwood Floors

open shutters installed in a Wisconsin homeNothing adds warmth and beauty to a space like hardwood floors. These classic floors are also the showstopper that capture guests’ attention and generate comments. Today’s wood floors also come in a variety of styles and colors that can complement existing décor and furniture (check out these beautiful styles to see the beauty of wood).

Crown Molding

There are a variety of crown moldings styles that give a living room a finished look. Depending on the style chosen, a crown molding can add to the traditional flare or vintage character of a home. For a coordinated and seamless look, choose a crown molding that matches the décor style and existing trim color.

Do area rugs damage hardwood floors?

an area rug being made at Y's Way

Custom area rugs are manufactured by Y’s Way.

Nothing can dress up a room quite like the right area rug. These significant décor pieces can add interest to any room, separate spaces in a main common area, and even make a room appear larger or incredibly cozy. Area rugs can also protect floors in high-traffic areas and spaces from damage due to daily wear and tear. Nothing can protect a hardwood in a hallway constantly used by people and pets like a runner, or a large area rug in a main living space.

Area rugs do come with a certain amount of frequently asked questions—questions we hear from customers who come in for these attractive floors and the area rugs that protect them.

Do area rugs damage hardwood floors?

Whether an area rug is going to damage a wood floor depends on the fiber of the rug. Be cautious about buying any rug without considering the risk to the floor. Certain kind of rug fibers can scratch or damage wood flooring. When purchasing a wood floor, ask about what kind of area rugs can be added to a space and if any kind of protection (such as mat) should be used. Sometimes a waiting period is recommended after floor installation before an area rug should be added to the space.

How do I clean my area rug?

Cleaning an area rug is the same for carpet and an area rug.

  • Spills should be absorbed with paper toweling or another soft cloth before cleaning with a stain remover.
  • Stain remover should always be tested in an area that is not visible to lessen the chance of discoloration or fading. (Contact a local flooring store to get the best carpet stain cleaner for the area rug.)
  • Do not use too much elbow grease when scrubbing, which can damage the area rug fibers. Instead blot at the stain to remove it.
  • A deep cleaning is recommended on a periodic basis to keep an area rug looking new.

However, these area rug cleaning tips come with a word of caution. Be careful when cleaning an area rug over a wood floor; moisture can damage a wood floor and permanently stain a floor. When deep cleaning a rug, trust the job to the professionals or move the area rug to an area where the rug can be cleaned without damaging the floor underneath.

What is the best area rug for my space?

Choosing the right area rug is different for every homeowner and space, but there are several factors that can be used in the decision:

  • Size. There are several different theories on the size of an area rug in proportion to a room. In general, decide on the size of the rug after looking at the space. Will furniture be covering the rug (like in a dining room)? Is the area rug an anchor for a room, and is only going to be under a coffee table and couch? Should the area rug be sized to fit under and around a bed as a comfortable (and warm) feel under feet?
  • Color & Pattern. An area rug can serve one of two purposes with room décor: as an item of interest or as a neutral coordinating piece of décor. A brightly colored or strongly patterned area rug can pop in a room, while a rug with colors similar to other items in the room plays a neutral role in the décor. Either way, try to find or custom order a rug that has coordinating colors that pull out the color of the furniture or wall.
  • Shape. The most common area rug shape is a rectangle. However, when centering room decor around the rug, feel free to think out the box. Would a round rug complement existing furniture, such as a round coffee table? Would a long narrow runner be more appropriate?
  • Traffic. Before choosing a rug, consider the amount of traffic (both foot and paw) in a space. Is the rug in a main hallway? A living room? Or in a bedroom? A high pile rug, or “shag” rug, may fare better in low traffic areas, while a low pile rug can handle a high amount of foot traffic.