While many homeowners love the look of bare floors, that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little extra cushioning. Area rugs are great in this respect, as they offer both comfort and style when used strategically. Here are a few effective uses of rugs to improve the look and function of your home. 

How Area Rugs Benefit Hardwood Floors

1. Enhanced Comfort

Padded rugs tend to be more comfortable than bare flooring. This is especially beneficial in a child’s room, where crawling around on the floor while playing is likely to be a frequent occurrence.

A well-placed area rug can also boost comfort within a home office, especially if you regularly use a standing desk, or in front of the sofa in the living room. The added padding in these rugs will be easier on your feet—as well as warmer in the winter. 

2. Reduced Noise

Area RugIn big, open rooms, sound is likely to reverberate all around. Additionally, footsteps on bare floors can also be heard in the rooms below, which can be annoying at night when other people in your family are trying to sleep. A rug’s extra padding is great for absorbing sound, which is beneficial to all members of your household. 

3. Improved Styling

Is a room in your home missing a little something, but you can’t put your finger on what it is? Area rugs add unity to a room, especially when placed under pieces of furniture. They can also add a bit of color to rooms with neutral shades.

Think about how a vibrantly colored rug in blue, red, or yellow would look in a room with cream-colored or gray walls. Alternatively, an intricately patterned rug can serve as a focal point in the space. 


You can’t go wrong with an attractive, well-crafted area rug in your Gulf Shores, AL, home. That’s why locals look to Gene's Floor Covering II for a variety of exquisite, stylish rugs. Over the last three decades, they’ve used their skill and expertise to help homeowners choose the best type of flooring while also installing it with precision. They’re also happy to provide care and maintenance tips, whether you opt for rugs, wall-to-wall carpeting, or tile flooring. Learn more about their rug selection online or call (251) 968-6456 to learn more.