4 STEPS TO CHOOSING A PERFECT RUG
Rugs add colour, texture and pattern to your home, and they’re an instant game changer when it comes to creating warm spaces. Follow these four easy steps to make choosing the perfect rug for your room a breeze.
1. DECIDE ON SIZE & SHAPE
Consider your room and the look you’re after. Do you want to fill the whole space or define an area in a larger room? On average, work with a guide of 250cm x 350cm for large rooms, 160cm x 230cm for smaller spaces, and generally 300cm x 80cm for hall runners.
Opt for round rugs when you want to soften overbearing right angles such as those found in your TV unit, sofa, and windows. They’re perfect for filling an awkward spot in bigger rooms, furnishing square rooms, and welcoming at entry points.
2. CONSIDER THE EVERYDAY
You’ll want high-quality rug designs for areas with busy foot and chair traffic such as dining rooms and hallways. Choose flat weave rugs for durable and easy-to-clean options. Your flooring will also play a role in the material you choose. For floorboards, flat weaves are best; for carpet, try tufted or knotted wool; and for rooms with tiles, opt for acrylic or polypropylene rugs with rubber backing to prevent slipping when rushing through the space.
3. WORK WITH YOUR STYLE
Opt for a sisal or jute with chunky texture made from a natural material.
Cow hides are perfect for giving off industrial warehouse vibes.
Tufted wool rugs in vibrant colour and pattern are a favourite for contemporary homes.
Handmade Persian style rugs in deep reds or royal blues suit traditional country-style. If you’re after a more rustic look, layer a thick jute rug with a cow hide.
Handwoven Turkish rugs are a winner for this statement look, and are available in many vibrant patterns and colours.
TREND ALERT: Digitally printed rugs are the hot look of the moment. These are typically made from an acrylic material with a funky pattern or image digitally printed onto it. They’re a real piece of art for the floor!
4. PLACE WITH CONFIDENCE
Choose a large rug that allows all furniture to sit atop for an expansive feel. Alternatively, rest the front legs of your seating on the rug to unify and frame the space.
Position the rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so it pops out generously at either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners or sheepskins along the sides and/or foot of the bed.
Ensure rug is large enough to accommodate a dining chair in its pulled out position (generally 30cm).
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