Choosing the right rug for a room will add warmth; create a focal point, anchor a design theme together, whilst also defining the structure of an area.
There are many different rug types, sizes and materials available today, from runners to large living room rugs each having their own use, both functionally and as a design feature.
Rug Sloan Mustard, click on image to view in our online shop.
What size should my rug be?
A basic rule of thumb, depending on the area you are buying the rug for is:
- For a room sized rug subtract 1metre off the length and width of the room to get the rug size. Leaving the floor bare along the edges will make the room appear larger.
- If you are placing a rug under a dining table add on an extra 60 cm from all sides of the table, this will allow the chairs to sit back from the table on a level surface.
- For a landing area the runner rug is generally 10 cm narrower and 45 to 60 cm shorter. Also make sure the runner is wide enough to have both feet on the rug when walking.
Rug Blox Copper, click on image to view in our online shop.
General Care of your rug:
- If you get a spill on your rug clean it immediately. It is best to note here that you should never rub a spill, as this will make the stain worse.
- Using a dry absorbent cloth blot the spilt liquid until you have removed as much of it as is possible.
- If there is a stain, using a mild clear detergent with lukewarm water, continue to blot until the stain is gone. Be careful not to excessively wet the rug. A good carpet shampoo can also be used, following the instructions on the packaging.
- Leave the rug to dry on a flat surface.
- Seek specialist-cleaning advice if the stain cannot be removed.
Rug Agra Twist Beige, click on image to view in our online shop.
Versatility in design:
Rugs can add versatility to an interior design theme either by accenting a colour scheme in a room or by complementing an existing colour scheme.
Play with pattern by contrasting patterned wallpapers or fabric with a plain block colour rug or vice versa.
Rugs don’t just have to be rectangular; they can be square, round or oval, which can allow more flexibility in your furniture arrangements.
Thinking out of the box, rugs can be used as focal feature pieces on a wall, traditionally rugs and tapestries were hung on the walls as seen in historical period houses.
Rugs can be used to create definition in an open plan space, defining the different function of each area.
Rugs are one of the most versatile interior design key piece accessories, with their ability to be rolled up and moved from room to room, they can be stored away during the summer months and reinstated during the winter. They define areas for us to relax in, create comfy warm areas underfoot for us first thing in the morning as we step out of bed. They can even be used on a summer’s day in the garden for a sit down picnic.