One of the best ways to really tie a room together is a rug. Rugs can add colour, texture and balance to the otherwise forgotten floor. Not only can rugs add aesthetic appeal, but they also protect your flooring from wear and tear and can be replaced cheaply. If you have tiles or floorboards, rugs can be used to soften an area and reduce noisy echoes.
Choosing the perfect rug for your space can be challenging, so here’s our guide for choosing the right rug for your room!
The size of the rug is the first aspect you want to determine. It is often a good idea to measure around all the furniture you want to have on the rug, with a bit of space to spare. This simple method is great for lounge rooms and dining rooms, or places where you want to tie the furniture together. It’s generally best to ensure your rug is larger rather than smaller or it will end up looking tiny and out of place.
Alternatively, for a lounge room, you can place all your lounge furniture around a rug and place only the coffee table on top of the rug. By altering the size of a rug you can use it to define a certain area of an open plan living area. This will give the space a separated, yet connected feel.
Remember! Rugs seem a lot bigger when they are hanging up the showroom than when you get them on your floor so make sure you do your measurements and trust them.
Before you jump into purchasing a rug that you love, you should consider how it will fit into the style of the room. It’s OK to buy a crazy, colourful rug that you just adore – if you intend to build your room around it. However, if you already have furniture and accessories in the room, then you should attempt to tie in the rug with these.
The main colour of the rug is the most important aspect. Think about the overall colour tones of your furniture and accessories and then choose a colour rug that won’t clash or detract from the existing items. If you already have a patterned lounge it may be best to go with a plain, solid colour rug so your room isn’t too crazy to the eye. Alternatively, if your room needs a touch of pizazz, a patterned, colourful rug can do just that.
Texture is the next factor you must decide on. Similarly to colour, the texture of the rug depends on the overall texture already established in your room. A sleek, modern couch may call for a fuzzy, high-pile rug. Whereas a subdued low-pile or flat woven rug would complement a textured, patterned lounge.
Quality rug dealers can provide you with samples of rugs that you can take into your home to test that the colour and texture match.
Remember! Take a photo of your room so you can pair it with the perfect rug at the showroom.
The kind of material your rug should be made from will mainly depend on its intended use. Ask yourself questions such as: is it going in a high traffic area? Is it likely to have spills and stains on it on a regular basis? You may want to consider darker rugs under dining room tables to hide pesky stains, and choose durable materials in areas of high foot traffic.
The type of material of your rug will also depend on what look you are striving for; what kind of material will complement the room you are placing it in the best? Although synthetic fibres, especially nylon, do offer a lot of variety in color and texture, the look and feel of a natural fibre rug will be different.
Even within natural fibre rugs, a sisal rug would offer a very different look from a silk rug. And chenille, which is a synthetic material that offers you a silk-like look and texture, may be more suitable for an area that gets a reasonable amount of traffic.
Remember! Different materials will offer different functions and looks, consider both when selecting your rug.