RUG RULES FOR EVERY ROOM & HOW TO BREAK THEM
Sticking to the styling rules is the best way to build your decorating confidence. However, it’s universally acknowledged that it’s always more fun to break the rules. So we’ve decided to go rogue and take the classic rug rules for every room and turn them on their heads. Join us on the decorating dark side, it’s ever-so-stylish here.
The rule: Take your rectangle rug and position it halfway to two thirds down your bed so it pops out generously at either side.
Break it: Mix and match runners along the sides of your bed, or drop a sheep skin down where you step out. One thing we love about rugs in the bedroom is the soft underfoot warmth they add especially if you have floorboards, but who says it has to be the traditional rectangle look.
Styling tip: keep rug colours light and soft in the bedroom to encourage relaxation.
The rule: Ensure the shape of your rug matches the shape of your table, and is large enough to fit a dining chair in its pulled-out position.
Break it: Think outside the square and try a cowhide under your dining table for added interest. Its organic shape is a great solution to softening a dining setting full of rigid right angles.
The rule: Always go large to ensure the front legs of your lounge rest atop the edge of the rug to frame the space.
Break it: Think small. Draw attention to the heart of your space with a small rug that floats in the centre of the room under a coffee table, or use two or three smaller rugs to distinguish areas in a larger space such as a reading nook. Can’t decide on one style? Layer two completely different rugs together for added interest. Our favourite look is cow hide over a sisal/hemp in natural shades, but you could try bright coloured flat weaves for an energy kick.
Styling tip: round rugs help fill awkward spots in large room.
Image source: Place of My Taste
The rule: Choose fun and bold patterns for kids’ rooms, and keep the sophisticated motifs for the adults.
Break it: If you’re not one to swoon over the statement shades of kids’ furnishings, opt for a bohemian themed kilim rug or intricate self-patterned neutral rug to add a little sophistication to the fun. Choosing a rug like this keeps your options open. If the little one outgrows this look, move the rug to another room in the house.
Image source: Mini Style Blog
The rule: Always place a long narrow hall runner in your entryway to draw the eye down the room.
Break it: Greet guests with a round rug. Opt for a bright, bold pattern for an extra hit of inviting energy at the front door.
Styling tip: dark colours will hide daily wear and tear in high-traffic areas.
Image source: Lucy Feagins The Design Files
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