It’s fascinating that something essential to all beautifully designed rooms is so often overlooked or purchased on a whim.
Interior Designers and Property Stylists LOVE rugs and for good reason.
A rug visually defines an area – eg. a seating area, a dining area, a lounging area etc. This is so helpful, especially in open planned rooms. If you don’t know where to place your furniture in an open planned room, I recommend starting with rugs. You’ll be surprised how much easier it will be once you’ve placed your rugs down. They also add warmth, texture, pattern, colour and coziness. There aren’t many other furnishings or accessories that can achieve so much.
If you’re not sure how to choose a rug, here are my tips:
- Size Matters. The mistake people make so often with rugs is they buy them too small. In a lounge room both of the front legs of your seating should be on the rug at a minimum. If the size of the room allows, a classically traditional look can be created when all of your furniture is on the rug. To achieve this you usually need a 2.5m x 3.5m rug. A standard dining table with six seats will usually require a 2m x 3m rug. The rule of thumb is that all chairs should remain on the rug when pulled out to sit down or stand up. The back chair legs should never sit off the rug.
- Make the rug an investment piece. If you’re going to splurge on an item, consider a rug. A good quality and cared for rug can will last approx. 20 years.
- Choose your rug first/early. Rugs bring colour, pattern and mood to a space. You can design a whole room around a rug. If you do it the other way around it may take you months to find just the right rug to match everything else… if you’re lucky.
- Consider different rug shapes. So often people choose rectangular but take a moment to consider oval, round and square ones as well.
- Always have a rug pad underneath. Often overlooked, rug pads serve many purposes, the first being safety. Rug pads prevent rugs slipping and moving as you walk and kids run over them. Because the rug pad keeps the rug from moving, this prevents damage to the fibres on the back of the rug as well as preventing premature wear and tear by acting as a shock absorber. A good rug pad can last approx. 15 years.
- Carefully consider pattern and colour when choosing a rug. If you have a grey room with grey furniture, adding a grey rug will add texture but little interest. You don’t have to be bold but you can have some fun. The image below is an ideal example. Adding a rug with a pattern adds interest. Rugs that have faded and aged appearances add instant character, especially in an older property.
We are lucky in Australia there are many fabulous rug companies. My favourites include Dash & Albert, Designer Rugs and Cadrys. I used to have a saved search on ebay for rugs and was often surprised at the quality of rugs I was alerted to.
I hope this gives you food for thought next time you are decorating. Design is so much easier and successful with you start from the floor up.
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