Even if buying inexpensive polypropylene rugs that sort of look like wool but have to cover a large expanse (10 x 12 for one, 6 x 8 for the other), you still must lay out a bit of cash. There is too much hardwood not to cover them mostly, especially to capture feet as they come in from the breezeway or porch. So polypropylene to the rescue because mud from grandchildren's sneaks and cat spit up can be washed up fairly easily. The rugs also help with the echo, making the space feel less like a hall you rent for special occasions. The dining room area rug on the other side of the fireplace will have a different color scheme that is more neutral but has the same generic persian type pattern. The rugs fit with the 20's period feel also.
The backsplash in the kitchen got grouted today. The grout is the same gray used in the back bathroom for the mural of the fishing pier.