There’s no denying the power of a perfect rug. This soft flooring solution has the ability to add colour, texture, and pattern to your home, and with winter on our doorstep, there’s no better time than now to start considering this cosy warmer. Here’s a round up of the need-to-know details when it comes to choosing the right one.
Start by sizing up your space and determining the result you’re after. Are you looking to fill a whole space or define an area in a larger room? Once this is established, you can shop with confidence. Consider rugs at 250cm x 350cm on average for large rooms, 160cm x 230cm on average for small rooms, and generally 300cm x 80cm for hall runners.
For an expansive feel, choose a large rug that allows all furniture to sit atop. Alternatively, simply rest the front legs of your seating on the rug to unify and frame the space. And for a pop of colour or pattern, consider a smaller addition that floats in the centre of your living room. Choose a soft finish that’s cosy to relax with such as a shag or wool rug.
Rugs will need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in its pulled out position. Generally you’ll need 30cm past the back leg of the chair to do this. A flat weave rug is a durable and easy-to-clean option for this space, and it’s the smoothest for sliding chairs.
Position a rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so it pops generously out either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners along the sides and/or foot of the bed for cosy underfoot comfort. This is especially luxurious in winter for those with floorboards who wish to avoid a cold surface when stepping out of bed to start the day. Consider sisal, lambskin, cut pile, or shag rugs for this room.