How To Choose The Right Rugs To Complement Your Room

1st Feb 2023
How To Choose The Right Rugs To Complement Your Room

A rug is a perfect way to add some softness and warmth to hardwood floors, as well as to bring some colour, pattern, and texture to your room. With so many different options to choose from, it can be a dilemma to know which rug might be right for you. Here are some pointers to help you make the perfect selection.

Which room is the rug for?

If the rug is going to be in a high traffic area such as a hallway, then it is best to go for a hard wearing option in a darker colour, or with a pattern that won’t show every speck of dirt, House Beautiful explains. For a bedroom or living room, a textured rug in a lighter shade would be fine. 

However, if you have children or pets, a rug that is easy to clean and made from durable fibres is probably going to be your priority wherever it will be. 

What size will the rug be?

One of the most common mistakes when choosing a rug is to pick a style or colour that you like, without giving enough consideration to the size. Ideally, the rug should be big enough to touch or go underneath all of the furniture in the room, rather than float in the middle. This helps to draw everything together and create a sense of harmony.

If you are having trouble visualising the rug, it can help to mark the area out with newspaper or masking tape to give you a better idea. While bigger is generally better, it is advisable to leave a margin of between 18 to 24 inches around the edges of the room.

What colour or pattern will work best for the room?

There are of course no rules, and your rug can be whatever colour or pattern you like best. However, it is a good idea to choose a style that will complement your furniture, curtains, and wall colours. If the majority of your furniture and wall space are plain and of one solid colour, then a patterned rug will work well. 

On the other hand, if there are already a lot of busy patterns going in the room, a solid coloured rug may be the best choice. Pick out an accent colour, such as one that is repeated in ornaments, wall hangings, or cushions, and match the colour of the rug to this to create a sense of harmony. 

Different colours can influence the ambience of the room. As a rule, darker colours can help to make the room feel cosier, while lighter colours can create a feeling of space. 

Committing yourself to a patterned rug choice can be a daunting task, because it will be a focal point of the room and it can be difficult to know if you will still like it in six months time. If you want to play it safe, you could always opt for a solid coloured rug with a patterned texture.

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