Comprehensive Guide to Selecting the Perfect Indoor and Outdoor Rugs
A rug is a simple and easy solution to update the interior design of your floors, interiors and to transform the entire atmosphere of a room. The right indoor and outdoor rugs can pull a room’s design scheme together, whilst the wrong size or coloured rug can easily make a room feel disjointed and unfinished. There are many things to consider when choosing which rug is best for your home, including the material, colour, pattern and size.
Consider Your Room:
Having been interior designers in London since 1984, we have learnt that different rugs will suit different areas. Hallways and kitchens tend to receive the heaviest foot fall in the entire house compared to that of the bedroom or living room. Therefore, for heavy traffic areas it is always best to choose a rug that is hard-wearing and easy to clean. A rug in a slightly darker shade or with quite a busy pattern will also be less likely to show footprints and marks in between cleaning.
Size & Area:
The key to adding some comfort and style to your space is through choosing the right size of the rug. For a living room we suggest that the rug should fit the size of your seating area and also be as large as possible within it. Ideally, all the furniture will sit on the rug, but if this is not possible then choose to have only the front legs of the furniture on the rug – this option is perfect for grounding and uniting a room.
For the dining room, alike to the living room, you ideally want to ensure that all your dining furniture sits on the rug. With enough space to be able to pull back the chairs and still have them safely on the rug. The exact shape of your rug will be determined by whether you dining table is rectangular or circular.
When it comes to rugs in the bedroom we favour three timeless floor plan options. Our first option is to choose a rug that is large enough to accommodate all of your bedroom furniture, which would leave only a border of bare floor showing around the room – we tend to use this layout in bedrooms that are large and have high ceilings so that the rooms still feels spacious. The second layout option is to choose a smaller rug and have a medium sized amount peeking out from around the foot of the bed. The rug would not extend all the way to the headboard and the bedside tables would also not sit on the rug at all. The third option we use when using rugs in bedrooms where there is a tighter budget / not wanting to compromise on the style of the rug, is to use two runners to lie on either side of the bed – this also ensures a more warm and comfortable way to get out of bed in the morning! As a general rule, we say that if in doubt, always choose the larger rug option as it’s more stylish to have a large rug than one that is far too small for the room.
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Designs & Patterns
Whether you’re designing a room around your chosen rug, or adding a rug to an existing design scheme of a room, try to take note that patterns that are bold or floral will tend to become the focal point of the room, whereas a more neutral rug or one with a subtle pattern or texture will blend more easily with your existing décor. The one aspect of picking a rug that is commonly looked over is texture – texture works brilliantly with rugs that are of a natural material. A space with a complimentary mix of different textures adds depth and layers to a room. An easy way of achieving this is through using the largest piece of furniture in the room – the rug. If your walls are wallpapered in a busy pattern, a neutral rug colour, perhaps with a simple border will work better in the room. Hand knotted and flat woven styles are both ideal for this type of rug. For rooms that are more neutral or minimalistic, textured rugs are a great way of adding interest – think hand tufted or patterned rugs in this instance.
Choosing the Right Colour:
When it comes to choosing the colour of your rug there many factors that will influence your choice. If you are looking to make a statement in your room, you should create a contrast between your rug and your current flooring. A black or dark grey rug will not look as good as it would if it were contrasted against lighter carpet – just as a cream or neutral coloured rug would not stand out much on a light wood or a pale carpet.
We also like to ensure that the rug chosen for the room is in a colour that complements the colour scheme of the room it is going into. A stylish choice is to subtly pick out the key colours of your room within the rug. If you have navy blue furniture and grey walls, choose a rug that combines these colours. Alternatively create complimentary contrast by combining colours rug borders with key pieces.
Materials & Fibers
Different materials are appropriate for different areas of the home and varies as to the amount of time as you have to maintain the rug to a clean standard. For instance, if you have children or pets your choice of material in rugs will greatly differ. Picking a rug that is mainly Acrylic or Polypropylene based are great options for rugs that are hard wearing and easy to clean – perfect for high traffic areas. For a soft underfoot option choose a rug that has cotton or wool fibres, although it is less durable than rugs of synthetic fibres, they are both fairly easy to clean. If you are looking for a rug made of natural materials then we tend to lean towards Jute or Sisal – both of these are extremely hard wearing materials, however, they can feel a little coarse underfoot and when cleaning should not get wet as this can stain and then expand the fibres – we always recommend special dry cleaning kits or to consult the company from where you purchased the rug if you are unsure of how to clean your rug.
We offer a large range of rugs online and in-store and also offer bespoke rugs, colours and to any pattern you would like. We are here to assist you with any rug queries or questions that you may have.