Choosing the right rug
If you want to dramatically change the look and feel of a room without spending too much – a rug can be the perfect option!
They help to provide a visual focal point to any room design. Rugs are also very practical providing warmth and comfort over hard surfaced flooring.
The right rug for you
To create a well-balanced space it’s important to figure out the right size and shape for your rug as it can differ with each space in your home. You also have to consider style, colour and texture.
Read this guide before buying to help you choose the best rug to suit your home.
A rug needs to be scaled to fit in with the rest of your decor.
When deciding on size you have to work with principles of proportion. The area should be a minimum of 15 cm and no more than 60 cm from the wall.
For a rug in an entry space the rug width should either match the door space or be a few cm short (Not too long, not too short) if you use a round area rug in a foyer, centre it under the light fixture.
In a hallway, stretch the rug length to fill the space, leaving even space on both ends for balance. And if you plan to place any furniture in the hallway, keep it off the rug.
In a living room a rug should be used as the anchor point in a room.
If you have the space I suggest investing in a rug that will provide space enough for the furniture to sit on top. No half off or half on.
In general, a 1.6m x 2.3m rug is the same width and length as an average three-seater sofa.
In dining rooms, Rugs really need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in the pulled out position – the chair legs should not ‘fall off’ the rug.
You can also use rugs to define different zones of a room.
In a large open-plan living space, you could use a rug to differentiate the living from dining areas. The furniture in each space could be placed on its own large rug.
Colour and style usually is swayed by personal choice but remember if you add a colourful rug to a scheme, you need to ensure it compliments all the other elements you are considering for the room. It has to balance against fabric and paint swatches as well as furniture and lighting shapes and sizes.
With so many beautifully designed rugs available make sure you choose what fits in right with the décor of your home whether it be traditional, modern or retro etc.
If your room is looking a little bland and needs that “wow” factor I suggest a patterned or graphic rug. These rugs are great way to add a layer of texture to a space where existing furniture is feeling lost.
If your hesitant on throwing a detailed rug in the middle of your house I recommend placing it in a bathroom as it’s the perfect place for a funky rug.
For materials you have to consider your lifestyle. Is it just for a decoration in an unused space or will kids or pets be running on it daily?
If so you would need a hardwearing and more durable material that’s easily washable. Most people tend to lean towards natural material for rugs such as wool or hemp.
I suggest using natural sisals for warmth, and plush woollen rugs for colour.
Remember placing an interesting rug within a furniture setting has an instant impact and refreshes a space immediately.
A rug can be a great way to introduce texture and colour into any room