DESIGN SOLUTION: THE CHEAT SHEET FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT SIZE RUG FOR ANY ROOM
The following post summarises a few general points to note when choosing the size and texture of your rug.
Benefits Of A Rug: The basics
- Acoustics: absorbs sound in a room
- Art: it brings colour, pattern and texture into a room
- Pattern or plain: Rugs are like cushions. They can add colour, pattern and texture to a room to give it warmth and depth
- Hygiene: to reduce the risk of allergy have rugs on hard flooring as opposed to wall to wall carpets. Rugs can be removed, cleaned and easily replaced
- Maintenance: Switching to a flat weave or extremely low pile rug increases wear and is easy to vacuum and spot clean. Twice yearly you should do the old fashioned rug beating to remove accumulated dust
- Pets: Washable rugs make life with cats a dogs much easier. Being able to spot clean a rug is essential for stress free and pet-friendly living
- Seasons: the simplest way to give your room a new look
- Zoning: connects various pieces of furniture together to create a sense of good proportion, can create numerous “zones” to define separate seating areas / functions of a room
Entrance Hall: Your guest will make their first impressions of your home within the first 30 seconds of walking in.
- Area 1: Townhouse (generally narrow corridor and leads towards a staircase)
- A runner which shouldn’t touch the staircase and should be very durable (this applies to narrow hallways throughout the house)
- Area 2: Country house (if you have a big room for your hallway)
- A large rug is always grounding whether you have furniture on it or not. Ideally if you can create a border/frame of your flooring around the rug this will give symmetry to your hall even if the area is not symmetrical
Back Hall: Practicality is key and this is where you need a durable, washable rug. Often these floors are cold and it is wonderful to have something soft under the feet
Bedrooms: Your bedroom is your sanctuary – forget the artwork on your walls, keep it simple and keep it calm and if you want that wow factor – make it your rug
- Area 1: Bed & Side Tables
- 2 rugs left and right of the bed
- 1 large rug (make sure you have a strong person to help move your bed for regular cleaning). Most important make sure that the rug sits under your bed and side table(s)
- Area 2: Open area away from the bed and side tables (end of bed, side of bed, by the window, by your seating)
- Make your rug the feature of your bedroom, if you have an open space it adds warmth and creates interest.
Dining Rooms: A rug should be in proportion to the table with enough space to pull out a chair and sit down at the table without the back legs being off the rug when you sit down
- For guidance add a minimum of 60cm every side of your table i.e. 120cm wider and 120cm longer than your table. If you have the luxury of a large room do go wider and longer
- Durability of this rug is key so do use something that is easily washable (in situ)
- A rug looks most beautiful through a glass table, however, even under a solid table it frames your dining area
- It eats the sound, improving the acoustics over your family suppers and dinner parties
- Rule 1: Front legs on, back legs off.
- More casual look
- In the instance that your furniture is sitting against a wall (which it often is) it is nice to have the back legs on your original floor so that the beauty of your floor is also appreciated. Your furniture doesn’t always need to be against a wall for this rule to apply. The rug connects various furniture pieces together whilst only extending far enough under the furniture to create the sense of good proportion.
- An additional benefit is that the rug is kept firmly in place by all the front legs.
- If you are worried about wobbly furniture we suggest choosing a thin rug in this instance.
- Rule 2: All legs on.
- More formal look.
- Works ideally if you have a very big room and all the furniture is away from the walls and the rug still allows a border of the flooring underneath.
- If you want to unify a room a large rug will do this well but be sure to leave enough space for all the furniture so it doesn’t look as though it is cramped. Large items along the edge of a room, such as console tables, cabinets and planters are best kept off the rug.
- Rule 3: No legs on.
- A rug that sits just within all the furniture.
- The rug should be the same width or a little longer than the sofa. This works well with a patterned rug as it creates colour very much like a cushion does on a plain sofa. It should anchor the room but not overpower or underwhelm.
- If you would like to change your interior to reflect the seasons this is a great solution as switching your rug will completely change the look of your room – these size rugs tend to be much easier to roll up and store.
Bathroom: By necessity bathrooms are often cold and hard. One way to add contrast character in this setting is with a rug.
- A rug in a bathroom is subject to high humidity and constant moisture. Cotton is very durable but constant wetting without drying will wear the rug out and begin to collapse the cotton strands.
- If you are looking for an instant new look for less than the price of a smart perfume, invest in a rug.
- Option 1: have a large rug which floats in the centre of your bathroom
- Option 2: treat your rug as a bathmat and interior design this tranquil space with your unique style
Playroom: A playroom should be safe, secure and happy. A hard floor is necessary as the base for all the spillages that are bound to happen. However, a rug will add a layer of comfort, colour and character whilst also being easy to clean.
- Put the rug in the play area. No need to place it under furniture as you will have to be lifting, cleaning and dusting this room often.
- A rug can also be used to zone an area in a playroom, it could be a space for beanbags and reading with no need to worry about flying popcorn as all the bits can be swooped up into the middle of the rug and disposed of. Just be sure to purchase an easy clean rug.
- Do remember this is the one area where vibrancy and pattern matter and colourful rugs are wonderful for childrens imaginations.
Study / Office:
- Legs off applies in almost all studies
- Make sure your working area is clear of any rug that may interfere with the movement of your chair
- Additionally, studies with a separate seating area are a perfect place for area rugs as they separate that part of the room
History Of The Rug (a quick synopsis):
- Started in 7,000 BC (using fleece from sheep and goats)
- Marco Polo brought back samples of oriental carpets in 11th Century. As trade with the east took off you could see this influence in the paintings of wealthy interiors
1650s carpet factories started in the United Kingdom
- The industrial revolution saw it move from a cottage industry to mass production
- Today tastes in Interior Design have shifted from fitted carpets to hard flooring where rugs have gained renewed popularity in offering a softer, warmer and more colourful addition to a hard floor. You could say that rugs have done full circle from the sands of the Nomads to the hard floors in our homes today