Whether you’re going for shaggy or sleek, area rugs can help add ambiance to any room while protecting your hard surface flooring (hardwood, laminate, vinyl) from scratches and wear. Current trends focus on neutral-colored rugs as well as layered looks that blend textures, colors and styles.

For the layered look, consider layering two to three rugs to add creative flair to a room. Jute or sisal rugs are a popular combo as are sheepskins and flatweaves. Consider placing a white sheepskin rug over a tan flatweave in your bedroom to create both a soft landing spot when you pop out of bed in the morning and a cozy, textured look. Many chose to layer a brightly patterned rug over a larger neutral base rug to help add a pop of color to a room. Always be sure your base rug is larger than the top rug when creating this look.

For those with an eye for the neutral palette, the choices are vast! Neutral rugs are available in a variety of textures and help bring an overall balance and timeless appeal to a room. You can choose from tan earth tones to grays and silvers.

Regardless if you layer or go neutral, your area rug will help tie together the look and feel of the room.

Want to check out your options? Next Day Floors is a Baltimore-based chain with six locations in the region.