Rugs are like artworks and choosing the two can follow a remarkably similar process. It’s always about your personal preferences, and it’s important to follow your own style. But often, you’ll stumble across a rug you love, and it just doesn’t seem to work in your living room. So what’s the secret to choosing the right rug?
There are a few basic tips you can follow when choosing a rug. Before you do, though, think about where it’s going. Step one is always to match your rug with the floor space you’re working with. Once you’ve got that down pat, here’s what to do next!
Colour: How to choose a rug with the right colours for your décor
Rugs are the perfect opportunity to invite a splash of colour onto your floors. Flooring materials are usually quite subdued in their colours, and rugs are a fantastic way to subtly overcome that. And choosing colours for your rug is probably the easiest part of the process. Just follow the two rules: coordinate, and follow your personal preferences. Take a look at the colour scheme you’re already running with and use that to narrow down a spectrum of colours for your rug. Then hit the showroom! By narrowing down your choices of colour, you can streamline the selection process. That’s how you choose a rug that you love, and that fits right where you want it.
If you choose the right texture, it can be transformative! Here’s how
Textures are probably one of the most overlooked interior design tools. Too often, it gets lumped in the same category as colour, when in fact it is quite different. Textures can add entire dimensions to your home’s interior and rugs offer so many textures that your options are practically boundless! Generally, basic wool rugs offer an inviting texture that isn’t overpowering. But, if you’re looking for a little more depth and mood, try going for something with a lot of texture and a deeper pile. Work with your colours too – although they’re distinct, texture and colour do go hand in hand.
Big or small: How to choose a size that fits your rug perfectly into your living room
Size is probably where most buyers get caught out when it comes to rugs. So how do you choose a rug that is the right size? If you are placing your rug in the centre of, say, a living room, then you need to make sure that it works with your furniture. By that, we mean that your coffee table and any other central furnishings need to be on the rug. But what about the couch and lounge chairs? Normally, it would be unreasonable to find a rug big enough to fit them all. After all, bigger rugs are more expensive. Having said that, you want the rug to makes its presence felt. A good compromise is to get a rug large enough that it is partially covered by the outer couch and lounge chairs. Exercise a little discretion though, as the size of your living room will be the deciding factor when choosing rug sizes!
It’s not all about size: How the shape you choose can make all the difference for your rug
Shape will often be a determining factor when it comes to size, and there’s a good reason why. Rounder rugs are always more forgiving when it comes to sizing. A round rug doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned with anything. And on top of that, they offer a sort of softness that rectangular rugs don’t. So if you’re going for the cosy look, we recommend a round rug every time. If you want a more classic look, a rectangular rug is for you!
Stand out or blend in: Which should you choose for your rug?
When people ask us how to choose the right rug, they often ask this question: should it stand out or blend in? And our answer is always the same: it’s up to you! If you are going for a quirky décor, with splashes of colour and shape, then you want your rug to stand out. But if you’re going for a subtler ambience, then the classical and more subdued rugs are right for you.
To get know more about the best range of rugs on offer, get in touch with Bennetts Carpets today on 1300 653 314.