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.