Shea McGee explains why you need to add a rug into your carpeted bedroom

This element will drastically alter your room's design

rug used in carpeted space by Shea McGee
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Shea McGee has dispelled the common myth that says rugs don't belong in carpeted spaces. If you have carpet, you can totally layer over a rug and enjoy the added color, texture, and pattern it provides — without thinking you've made some dreadful interior design faux pas.

The best living room rugs work wonders in grounding and zoning a space, whether you've got gorgeous parquet flooring or soft carpet underfoot.

rug used in carpeted space by Shea McGee

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Shea McGee is a famous interior designer from Texas. She and her husband, Syd, run interior design and e-commerce company Studio McGee, and wrote autobiography Make Life Beautiful, available at Amazon

The interior designer ascended to fame thanks to the hit Netflix series Dream Home Makeover, which she hosts alongside Syd. She recently revealed some styling advice around rugs on the Studio McGee website, including her view on whether rugs are needed in a carpeted room.

'Rugs are still important in carpeted spaces,' she says. She comments that this is in fact a question she gets asked all the time. How to choose a rug is another frequently asked question given that they're usually a big investment, but we always say go as big as you can.

rug used in carpeted space by Shea McGee

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The Dream Home Makeover star says that 'although it might seem strange,' to cover your carpet, 'a rug is still needed to ground the space visually.' A large rug is a great foundation for any living space, anchoring your furniture rather than having them look like they're floating. 

Carpet or no carpet, rugs are great for making the design of any room look more intentional. For example, in the bedroom, a decent-sized rug under and around your bed will create a distinct zone for where you sleep.

Shea goes on to say that 'a rug can provide extra padding for an even more comfortable place to land.' As she points out, on a more practical level, rugs add comfort and soften the acoustics in a room.

shea mcgee and husband

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How do I stop my rug from slipping on my carpet?

If your rug is slipping on your carpet, you could try a rug pad gripper, at Amazon. These will stop rugs from slowly wandering across your room, and are particularly helpful for dog-owners or parents with young kids.

Make Life Beautiful by Syd and Shea McGee | $16.39 at Amazon

Make Life Beautiful by Syd and Shea McGee | $16.39 at Amazon

Shea McGee and her husband Syd tell their story, from founding Studio McGee to life as working parents. The pair give a behind-the-scenes look at their life and career, guided by their motto to 'make life beautiful.'

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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