We all want our homes to feel more cozy and welcoming don't we? Being drawn to a room is all about feeling and I have never heard they were drawn to a cold, sparse bare room no matter how contemporary or industrial your style.
The best way to add instant warmth into a room is by adding a rug and even more so by layering rugs! Yes layering rugs! Many people that have carpet in their homes feel that adding an area rug is not necessary or will look wrong but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Wall to wall carpet can be heavy and make your furniture feel lost in a space. Adding an area rug on top of the carpet will help draw your eye to the space you want to accentuate.
Whether you are adding rugs to hardwood floors or over carpet the same rules apply.
You must select the proper size in order for it ground the space. For example if you are grounding furniture in a living room you don't want a small rug that will only fit under the coffee table, instead you want a rug that will be large enough for your sofa, chairs, table etc to fit on. If your room isn't large enough for all feet of furniture to rest on it then rule of thumb is the front legs of chairs + sofas should at least be on it. Most living spaces and bedrooms can handle and 8x10 rug but in the instance your space is just shy look for off sized rugs, 7'xx9'6 etc can give the perfect size. Need a larger rug? I like to have rugs custom cut and add a serged edge or binding.
Even better than one rug is two layered on top of each other. Now it doesn't work in all spaces but if you can add that extra layer, do it.
When layering be sure to size properly. You always want the top layer to be smaller than the bottom. The bottom rug should peek out on all four sides. For 8x10 bases, the top layer should be either 4x6 or 5x8 (depending on layout of space you may be able to fit a 6x9) large size bases should have larger layer tops. I have selected a few base and layer rugs to help you. Bases should be a solid or light pattern. If you select a solid don't be afraid for it to have lots of texture. My favorites are sisal, jute, wool and braided bases. Subtle patterns can also be colorful but the layered rug should be the one with either a fun shape or texture. You can add pattern on pattern but it's tricky. One of my favorite looks as of recently is a textured solid rug with a vintage style atop.