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IF you love the stylish simplicity of a tiled, laminate or wood floor but crave the warmth and colour of carpet in your home, then the solution is simple - invest in a rug.

Kate Turner, Carpet and Rug specialist at Leekes outlines some of the main reasons why purchasing a rug may be the right decision for you "First and foremost, a rug offers an instant injection of personality and artistry, a focal point which underpins the ambience of a room. After all, the choice of colour, texture and design can really bring together a decor scheme, as well as defining spaces in an open plan room or home.

"But as well as adding character to a room, rugs also maximise warmth and keep your flooring looking its best. For example a thick dense rug will not only add softness and warmth (perfect for those who walk around barefoot) but will also protect your flooring if your furniture moves.

"And with the continuing popularity of hard flooring such as laminate, wood and tiles, while these undeniably look great, they can also be very noisy (particularly in bedrooms) - with footsteps, audio noise and voices resounding throughout the house. Rugs can help reduce this noise by absorbing and dulling the echo.

"Another advantage to adding rugs to your space is versatility - remember, rugs can be repositioned in seconds, relocated to different areas in your home or taken with you if you decide to move - just like your cushions, curtains or clock.

"At Leekes, we find that one of the most influential factors when choosing a rug is the size. Is it more aesthetically pleasing to cover almost the whole floor or just a small proportion? Firstly, it is important to consider the size, shape and contents of your room - simply measure your room, consider what other furniture you have and then decide if you want any clearance around the rug or furniture sitting on top of it. The most important thing is that the room looks balanced.

"And finally, take time to consider the foot fall the rug will have, what room the rug will be placed in and other factors such as pets or children - and then invest accordingly." | Leekes offers a wide selection of rugs online and in-store (in conjunction with Kelaty) where the unbeatable half price winter sale continues. For more information on your nearest Leekes store call 0845 050 8240 or shop online at leekes.co.uk

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Date:Feb 16, 2013
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