Don’t click away yet—let’s talk about shag rugs. Believe it or not, 9x12 shag rugs are one of the most popular décor items in homes today, and they're way better than they were in the 1970s!
Why a 9x12 Shag Rug?
The idea that a 9x12 shag rug is among the most popular home décor items right now might seem oddly specific, but there’s a good reason for it.
First, 9x12 is one of the most versatile rug sizes. It’s big enough to avoid the dreaded mess of having a rug that's too small for a room, but not so large that it'll overfill most living rooms. It's the goldilocks fit for most spaces.
Second, shag rugs are just rugs with a deep pile! That means they feel cozier under your feet and better to roll around on. Plus, a white 9x12 shag rug can practically transform a room into the perfect shabby chic living room!
Finally, shag carpets offer unexpected benefits like those touched on below:
They’re warm! That’s right, the deep pile of the shag rug traps heat, which can serve as extra insulation for your home, saving you money.
They’re hygge! Hygge is a Scandinavian term that refers to a quality of coziness and comfort that makes you feel content. And it’s so in right now.
They’re versatile! You can use small, neutral shag carpets in elegant spaces, a Safavieh 9x12 shag rug in a relaxed living area, or a brightly colored medium shag rug in a play area.
A Closer Look at Shag Rugs
The word shag likely comes from sceacga, an Old English term that meant wooly or matted. Most people, however, associate them with the iconic 70s-style of interior décor.
Today's shag rugs don't resemble either of these images. They conjure thoughts of luxury, warmth, and coziness, and work well in most relaxed home décor styles. This is why they’re found in so many homes across the Western world right now.
People love the gentle, plush feel of a shag rug, and often decide to purchase one after experiencing the luxury at a friend’s house.
Is a 9x12 Shag Rug Right for Me?
A 9x12 shag rug is obviously best for someone with a room large enough to accommodate the rug. Most living rooms and master bedrooms should be able to take this rug on.
The following design ideas might help you decide what you could do with the rug:
Place a Nourison 9x12 shag rug in the center of your seating area as a conversation piece, with a coffee table in the middle.
Center a warm-colored shag rug underneath your bed for a warm, soft surface to wake up to every morning.
Orient a shag rug in your living room so your reading chair sits on the plush surface, allowing you to enjoy it as you relax.
Choosing the Perfect Shag Rug
You already have your size picked, but consider your home's color palette and select a shag rug that will complement existing schemes. When in doubt, go with a neutral color like tan or grey.
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