1. Select the perfect size first!
The first thing to decide upon is the size of a rug. Measure up and select the optimal size before moving on to design, colour and composition selection.
The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and tying everything together to create a balanced space. In an open plan room, a rug can define an area and enhance a rooms overall aesthetic.
Go for the largest possible size that fits, as it will unify a room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small, will make the room look smaller and can also make furniture appear disconnected.
Rug size examples:
160 x 230cm
200 x 290cm
250 x 350cm
300 x 400cm
2. Think outside the square (or rectangle) and consider the shape.
The most popular shape is rectangular for living, dining, bedrooms and narrow hallway runners.
However, a round rug is a delightful choice in bedrooms or can add a point of interest to a living space, playroom or study.
If you’re feeling extra creative you can custom design a rug shape especially for your space, which can be made to order. The choice is yours dependent on budget, dimensions of the room and the purpose of the rug.
3. If you feel there’s too many choices or want a rug that will outlast trends, opt for a timeless texture or durable flatweave.
Textured and flatweave rugs are currently the most popular amongst our extensive collection.
Palmas Textural Flatweave. Our natural wool Palmas textural flatweave adds warmth and comfort into this contemporary Sydney apartment by Interior Designer Naz Design Studio. Photo by Mae & Co. View the Palmas Rug Collection > click here.
4. Treat your rug with a little love & it will increase its lifespan.
A regular vacuum and the rotation of a rug in high traffic & sunlit areas, as well as the prompt treatment of spills, will extend the life of a rug.
Rug care differs by size, construction and yarn. Read more helpful tips here.
The Diva in rossetta pink features above in this seaside Sunshine Beach Project by Interior Designer Liberty Interiors. The Diva rug collection is a soft handloom knotted 100% wool rug with fringe. View all Diva colours > click here.
5. Define your space. Here’s some layout examples to use as a guide.
LIVING ROOM FLOATING LAYOUT – For open planning living
In open plan living rooms, a rug should be big enough to fit under all four legs of each couch, sofa and arm chair. It will define the space and be in proportion with the size of furniture and surrounding space, whilst creating a relaxed and casual feel to a space.
CLASSIC LIVING LAYOUT – For classic living
In rooms where furniture is up against the wall, a rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all lounge suit items. For a more formal look and feel, opt for the legs to be placed off the rug completely. See examples below.
IN THE DINING ROOM – Scale and proportion is key
For Dining rooms, a rug should always be in proportion to the table.
It is best to leave enough space on either side of the table to avoid ‘catching’ the back of the rug with a chair. The back chair legs should always be sitting on the rug, even when being used. Your rug needs to be approximately 1.2m-1.5m wider and longer than your table (i.e at least 65-75cm around the perimeter of the table for chairs).
A Terrazzo Rug in size 300 x 400cm was used to add instant impact and style to this dining room by Interior Designer Satorial Interiors. Photo by Capture Creative. View the Terrazzo Rug Collection > click here.
IN THE BEDROOM – Cosy, soft and luxurious
A rug in the bedroom will warm up and soften a room with hard flooring. A rug adds colour, pattern and texture to make a room feel luxurious and cosy.
Make sure the rug is underfoot when you get out of bed. The rug should be large enough to sit underneath the bed and side tables. Another option is for the rug to sit underneath the bed, stopping short of the side tables.
The Denver Rug is a luxuriously soft and luminous handwoven rug. The Denver in silver adds beauty and comfort to this Master Bedroom created by Interior Designers at 13 Interiors. Photo by ???? @gathering.light. View the Denver Rug Collection > click here.
For those who don’t want a large rug under the bed but still want a soft place underfoot when getting out of bed, you can opt for a set of two runners placed either side of the bed.
Happy rug hunting!
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