Your rug is the elephant in the room. Every time you enter the space it catches your eye for all the wrong reasons. But here’s your chance to make it right! We’ve listed the most common reasons you’re not loving your latest look, and the need-to-know details to make amends this time ‘round.
1. You picked the wrong size rug.
Before you start looking at colours and patterns, make sure you have your sizing needs down pat. Do you want to fill your living room space for a cosy and inviting finish? Or perhaps you want to make a feature of your chic coffee table? Deciding on your room’s needs and finalising measurements with the trusty tape measure is the best way to set yourself off on the right foot.
Stylist’s tip: Go as large as you can afford, you’ll never regret a large rug, but you will regret a tiny rug!’
2. Your rug’s shape doesn’t fit your room’s shape.
The classic rectangle rug is a go-to for creating an expansive feel and defining areas in large, open-plan rooms. But for smaller spaces, consider round rugs to elevate your look. Round rugs are great for filling entrances and nooks in bedrooms. Round rugs and organic shapes found in cow hide rugs soften sharp angles such as sofas and TV units.
3. You didn’t consider your flooring.
One slip is all it takes to realise you’ve chosen the wrong rug for your flooring. When it comes to floorboards, opt for flat weave rugs. If you have carpet, try tufted or knitted wool, and for rooms with tiles, use acrylic or polypropylene rugs with a rubber backing to prevent slipping.
Stylist’s tip: ‘Pop a non-slip underlay under any rugs on hard surfaces like tiles and floor boards. This will prevent slipping and sliding, and keep your rug from bunching.’
4. Your rug doesn’t work with your interior style.
It was love at first sight with that handmade Persian rug that dazzled with deep red shades. But when you brought it home to meet your coastal décor, things turned sour. Keep your already existing look in mind when shopping for a new rug. Think sisal or jute rugs for coastal-style homes, and tufted wool rugs in vibrant colours and patterns for contemporary interiors. Go classic Persian when decorating country-inspired rooms, and handwoven Turkish looks when infusing a tribal style.
5. You thought plain and simple was best.
Rugs add colour, texture and pattern to your home: three decorating factors that can often seem intimidating to some, but should really just be an exciting venture for expressing your style. Keep in mind that once your rug is below eye level, and surrounded by furniture, it’s bold pattern and bright colour will not be as intimidating.
6. You didn’t consider quality.
Avoid the disappointment of wearing out a beautiful rug before it’s time by choosing quality designs. Opt for high-quality rugs in areas with busy foot and chair traffic such as dining rooms and hallways. Flat weave rugs are a durable and an easy-to-clean option for busy areas.