I like to use rugs in a scheme, even when there is wall-to-wall carpet. Rugs add texture, colour and warmth, and they create separate zones in a large space. A rug can turn an uninviting area into a home, particularly where there are timber floors. They will also insulate the space from cold and noise.
Rugs can be placed in the seating area of a living room, under the dining table, by the side of a bed, or in communal areas such as entries and cold, drafty hallways for insulation purposes. In property styling, we tend not to use heavily patterned rugs, which can make a space look smaller and we also place rugs under beds in large bedrooms, to add more texture and warmth.
Like most decor for your home, choosing a rug is a personal decision. However, there are certain factors you do need to take into consideration, such as size, colour and practicality. While you might be influenced by style, you do need to also think about the rug's durability in terms of foot traffic, kids and pets.
Below are my five rules for choosing a rug:
1. In an ideal world, all of your key pieces of furniture should sit on the rug. At the very least, the legs of your sofa should sit on it, and when placing a rug under a dining table, the rug should be large enough to allow for the chairs to be pulled out onto it.
2. I like to use a light rug on a dark floor and vice versa, for contrast, and if I'm using a glass coffee or dining table, I consider the pattern at the centre of the rug.
3. The size of the rug needs to work with the scale of the room as well as the area that it is anchoring. If you buy one large rug for a room in place of wall to wall carpet, make sure it sits 20 to 30cms from the walls.
4. Many of the finer, oriental and middle-eastern rugs require an underlay to stop them shifting or rucking up on the floor, which can be a health and safety hazard. These underlays will differ, depending on whether the rug is to sit on a hardwood floor or carpet, so make sure you buy the right one.
5. Be mindful that your heavily-patterned rug doesn't clash with other large patterns in either the curtains, artworks or wallpaper. Conversely, if your room is lacking colour or uninviting, a patterned rug will infuse some energy and warmth into the space.
Images from Pinterest: 1. Photo from Studio McGee 2. Photo from rugs.usa.com 3. Photo from homestolove.com.au