Choosing A Rug
A rug for every room
A rug can dramatically change the look and feel of a room,
so if you are on the look out for a rug check out these simple guidelines.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room is to add a rug.
Selecting a rug is based on the principles of proportion as well as balance with colour, texture and style. Scale
The fit : A rug needs to be scaled to fit in with the rest of your decor. A small rug in front of a large sofa will seem miserly. As a rule, it's best to be generous with the size of your rug. A large rug will also help ground your furniture.
Zones : You can also use rugs to define different zones of a room, in a large open-plan living space, you could use a rug to differentiate the living from dining areas. The furniture in each space could be placed on its own large rug. Use newspaper or masking tape to map out the size of the rug you're considering to make sure it suits the space. Size
There are two options for choosing the correct size for a living room you may choose the contemporary oversized method where you place all of your furniture on top of the rug – in most cases a 2.5m x 3.5m size is best – or the traditional method whereby you place your sofas around the rug and only your coffee table on top. If you're putting it under a dining table, a six-seater generally needs a 2m x 3m rug and an eight-seater a 2.5m x 3.5m. These sizes should allow for the chairs to still be on the rug when people are sitting on them. And while 2.5m x 3.5m size rug can look huge when they are hanging in a showroom,
they usually seem much smaller when placed on the floor at home.
Styles Think first Be careful not to fall into the trap of buying a rug simply because you like it ~ consider budget, size, your decor scheme, lifestyle, traffic flow, quality and maintenance. If you consider all these factors carefully you will make a wiser choice that will last longer!
Quality If you are looking at a long term investment a good-quality, well-constructed rug will last you 20 years or more. However, if you are renting, planning on moving / renovating or simply looking for a short term fix then opt for a cheaper option that won't leaving you feeling guilty when it's time to part ways.
Options Classical styles include Persian, Kilim, Dhurrie and Oriental rugs. More contemporary rugs can be made from plain, natural materials such as sisal, jute, hemp and wool. Also consider if you want a flat woven, short pile or shag pile style rug.
Texture A rug can be a great way to introduce texture into a room – use natural sisals for warmth, and plush woollen rugs for colour, texture and softness underfoot. Colour doesn't just mean bright, either. Rugs made with traditional weaving techniques and natural dyes that have a ‘faded and worn' quality, can add a timeless character to a room. I generally prefer neutral toned rugs so they blend into the scheme.
Balance Just remember that if you add a colourful rug to a scheme, you need to ensure it balances against all the other elements you are considering for the room. These include fabrics, artwork, paint colours and decorator items.
I generally prefer natural fibres for rugs such as wool or sisal, they look better and last longer but there are plenty of synthetic fibres they look good and are long lasting. One of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room is to add a rug. Selecting a rug is based on the principles of proportion as well as balance with colour, texture and style.
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