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How to choose a rug

A rug can be a great way to elevate your space, but theres much more to them than just warmth and sound control

As a professional interior designer, my role is to create beautiful, harmonious, yet functional spaces for all to enjoy. I approach each project with consideration of the principles and elements of interior design. A well-designed space acknowledges that beauty is an essential part of life, affecting mood, senses, and productiveness. So how can a rug add to that?   Read more about how to choose a rug.

How to choose a rug

There are many obvious reasons why a rug is a sensible idea…Warmth, reducing noise, and floor protection are just a few. Yet a rug used as an element of the rooms design can add a whole lot more than just practical purposes. 

A rug can be used to add colour, texture, pattern, and shape. They can effortlessly transform a space by bringing together other decorative elements in the room. They can anchor an area within a space, particularly in open-plan living areas when furniture can otherwise feel lost like a ship at sea! A visually interesting rug can be wall hung as a bold design statement. Different shaped rugs can change the perspective of a space, for example, a round rug works well in a wide room whereas, a rectangle rug fits best in a narrow room, such as a hallway by creating a visual pathway. 

Does every room need a rug? How to choose a rug... I like to think of a rug in the same way you would shoes to an outfit. You wouldn’t pick your best outfit without considering which shoes will complete the look. And the same principle can be used for rugs, they can be essential to a well-dressed room, changing the look and feel with a subtle impact, or by becoming a main feature of the design.  

When choosing a rug look at other elements of your design scheme, colour is a key element to consider. A rug can help reinforce the rest of a rooms design, bringing all elements together for a cohesive feel. Think about its texture which can add depth and visual interest. Think about the feel underfoot, which will enhance your senses and connection to a space. 

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When choosing the size, a good rule of thumb is ensuring that it is large enough to fit under all four legs of the furniture you are placing it under. Not only will this anchor the space, it will ensure the rug doesn’t slip or become a trip hazard. Base the size of the rug on the dimensions of the room and use the rugs size to fill negative space created by your furniture placement.

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