The Cozy Essential HGTV's Jasmine Roth Thinks No Bedroom Should Be Without

If a bedroom is styled well, it becomes a sanctuary that helps you unwind after a long day. Whether you're a student at school, a parent chasing after a hoard of kids, or someone who works a demanding 9-to-5, we all need a quiet place to go recharge and relax. But in order to turn your bedroom into a cozy paradise, you need to include certain elements. It's not enough to just put down a comfy comforter, light a candle, and call it a day. There is a formula for creating these things. And according to HGTV designer Jasmine Roth, a cozy essential that no bedroom should be without is a rug.

A rug adds a textile layer to the room, making it feel enveloped and cushioned, creating a soft space to unwind. Plus, it brings a tactile element to the space. A rug will feel much cozier when you're walking in your bare feet than hardwood or vinyl floors. Here is a closer look into why Jasmine Roth thinks every bedroom needs an area rug. 

Jasmine Roth believes every bedroom needs a rug

In an Instagram post of a primary bedroom that she designed, HGTV host Jasmine Roth shared a few of her favorite tips on how to create a cozy and aesthetically-pleasing sleeping sanctuary. Some of her tricks include adding plenty of mood lighting and hiding clutter, but they also involve incorporating a plush area rug. "Don't forget the rugs!" she wrote in the caption. "Even if your bedroom has carpet floors, adding a rug can make it that much cozier!" The bedroom was much larger than your typical primary, featuring a sleeping area as well as a sitting room, and she added two soft rugs to the space. This not only helped break up the different sections of the room, but also injected an extra coziness factor. 

You can copy this look in your own bedroom, even if you don't have the same amount of square feet. Simply scale down the proportions to make it work. For instance, place a larger area rug underneath your bed, outlining that this is your sleeping zone. Then, add a smaller area rug in a different section of your room. For example, if you have a desk where you work, highlight it as a different "zone" with a coordinating rug. The same goes if you have a vanity, reading nook, or dressing area. 

How to choose a rug for your bedroom

When choosing a rug for under your bed, size matters. Selecting one that is too small will make the space appear disproportionate. As a general rule, you want to choose a rug that creates a 2-foot border around the bed frame. This helps to properly anchor the bed, as well as lets you see the color, texture, and design of the carpet.

However, the larger the rug, the more expensive it becomes. This can pose a problem if you have a queen- or king-size bed. Luckily, there are workarounds to that. The first is to ditch the area rug and instead use two 2-foot-by-3-foot rugs along each side of the bed. This allows your feet to fall on a rug rather than hardwood, creating the same coziness factor. However, if you want a large area rug but your budget is a stumbling block, Roth suggests layering two rugs on top of each other. "I love layering rugs because it can help [you] stay in your interior design budget. The larger the rug is, the more expensive it tends to be," she explained on her website. "So instead, purchase an inexpensive jute or natural fiber rug in the larger size, and layer the more expensive, smaller patterned rug (such as a kilim rug) on top." This is especially budget-friendly if you already have the smaller size on hand, but need to find a way to make it feel less like a postage stamp and more like an appropriately sized area rug.