How Should I Choose a Rug?

There’s so much variety when it comes to rugs nowadays that it can be a bit of trial to find the right one. A rug can alter the entire feel of a room and dictate the impression of space, so it’s important you find one which fits both your aesthetic and size. Choosing the wrong rug can make a room seem smaller and unbalanced, so spend some time looking into the options available. So how do you find your perfect rug? Three factors which should be firmly at the forefront of your mind are color, size, and material. Let’s take a look at these in more detail: Color The color and design of your rug make a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of your home décor, which is why people often choose their rug first and then decorate to match it. If you’ve already redecorated then fear not – you can still easily find a rug to match. Don’t toil for hours attempting to find a perfect color match, and don’t be afraid of bold patterns. Treat your rug as an additional piece of art and make it a focus point by opting for a bold color, offset by the rest of the hues in the room. If however you’re looking to create the illusion of space choose a neutral, lighter color. There’s a huge assortment of different styles, patterns, and colors on offer, so shop around and online to find one that suits you. Size The size of your rug is incredibly important as it can completely alter the shape of your room. For example, if you have a smaller room you should opt for a larger rug that the majority of furniture can fit on. If you have a larger space and want to create separation between different areas, choose multiple rugs that complement each other in color or pattern. You also need to think practically – will the chairs stay on the rug when pulled out in the dining area? If it’s a rug for a hallway, is it wide enough so you don’t have one foot on and foot off? You should also consider the shape – a square dining table works well with a square rug for instance. Material Finally we have the often overlooked material. Your rug should be made out of a material that suits its purpose – in high trafficked areas such as the hallway and living room you need to have more durable, easier to clean materials. When it comes to the bedroom you can opt for more luxurious material (like sheepskin or silk). The material you choose also provides a level of texture and contrast with the rest of the room – leather sofas look great with thick wool and fluffy rugs, silk furnishing with something more simplistic like sisal.