Interior Decorating Tip #34

If you want to give a Living Room or Family Room a luxurious feel, you could pop for an Oriental rug costing $2,000, $5,000 — or more.

Or . . . you could spend $100 or so to get an especially thick carpet¬†pad to put under a more modest rug — and achieve something very similar.

If your household includes multiple kids under 12, their friends, and a Golden Retriever (like mine) . . . the choice is pretty clear.

P.S.:¬† the reverse is also true, i.e., a cheap carpet pad (or none, like I’ve seen in several finished basements lately) makes an expensive rug or carpet seem cheap.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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