How to choose a rug

Incorporate trends into a space or compliment a scheme with the addition of a well chose rug

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Whether you're designing a bedroom, living room or hallway, a well chosen rug is an effective option for incorporating trends into a space or enhancing an established room scheme. From flat-woven and worn antique rugs to luxurious deep-pile and sheepskin styles, there really is a style to suite every space.

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Geometric patterns are a popular design for rugs this season and work particularly well with neutral walls and contemporary furniture. This Rose design is made from chenille cotton and costs £465 for W170xL240cm at Calligaris

What is the purpose of your rug?

Many people buy rugs to protect a floor, for example a solid wood floor, as heavy furniture may cause damage. If this is the case, go for a rug that is hard wearing and thick. 

If you have a real stone floor or ceramic and porcelain tiles, a thick rug could be exactly what you need, as these flooring types can tend to be cold underfoot. 

If you have opted for carpet in a relatively high traffic room, it might be sensible to get a small rug to place near bottlenecks, like doors or corridors. This will stop the carpet from wearing out from the foot fall.

neutral coloured living room rug with texture

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Choose the right sized rug

When it comes to choosing the right sized rug, there are no hard and fast rules. This said, avoid choosing a rug that's too small for the space, as this can appear uninviting. Generally, a square or round rug works the best in a square room and a rectangular one in a rectangular space. 

If your rug is for a living room, there are various options. Choose a large rug, where all the furniture sits on it easily; just have the front legs of your sofa on top of it; or place it in front of the sofa, but close enough so that you can rest your feet on it.

For bedrooms, choose a large design to go under the bed, ensuring there’s enough of it on show around the edge to walk on, or buy individual runners to go on either side. 

The general advice for dining rooms is to choose a rug that is in proportion to the table, making sure it’s big enough to pull chairs out to sit on without the back legs coming off it.

fluffy sheepskin rug in living room with neutral scheme

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Choose the right pattern for your rug

Take time to think about whether you want your rug to statement or blend seamlessly into a more neutral scheme. To make this decision, look at how much pattern is already in the room. If you have decorative wallpaper and soft furnishings, you might want to choose a single-colour design, whereas a patterned rug can really bring a neutral room to life. 

If you want a plain rug, consider a textured design for a rich, layered style. Often, people choose a rug to try to pull a look together in a room – but think about buying a rug first and then designing the rest of your scheme around it. 

Try introducing a vertically striped rug to make a room feel longer, or create a widening effect with horizontal stripes.

living room with neutral rug and coral coloured sofa

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