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The 3 Steps of Choosing Your Rug

Rectangle Rugs! Shaggy Rugs! Natural Rugs! Round Rugs!

Oh my gosh, you know I’m passionate about most interior design elements but I can’t tell you how excited I am about this one!

 THIS COSY BEDROOM RUG IS PERFECT FOR CATCHING UP ON EMAILS
THIS COSY BEDROOM RUG IS PERFECT FOR CATCHING UP ON EMAILS

I feel like rugs are really overlooked as an important interior design element. I mean, I can’t tell you how well they help to achieve a logical and functional spatial layout, let alone how impactful the tactile properties of a rug can be on your life.

There’s a big problem though, rugs can be super confusing and scary to choose. I’m breaking this process down for you into 3 key decision making elements to help you get your head around which rug-direction you’re going in.

 YOUR RUG SHOULD PULL EVERYTHING TOGETHER BY TOUCHING EVERY PIECE OF FURNITURE
YOUR RUG SHOULD PULL EVERYTHING TOGETHER BY TOUCHING EVERY PIECE OF FURNITURE

ONE | Where do you put your rug?

Rugs are like young adults who’ve just graduated from Uni, they need jobs.  You need to decide what you want your rug to do before you can decide where it goes. The best job a rug can do is to define a space, especially if you’re working with an open plan room that needs to do more than one thing. You want your furniture to be ‘grounded’ by your rug, it needs to pull everything together and act almost like invisible walls. I generally start a room from scratch and can specify a rug to be the size of my allocated space and then work with the rest of the layout from there. However, if you’re working with existing pieces, you want to draw a border around the shape that your furniture makes…

This is hard to explain so I’ve drawn an example for you:

TWO | How big does your rug need to be?

Following on from the train of thought in point number one, we want your rug to be creating an invisible room and EEEEEEVERYTHING needs to touch it. For example, if you’re selecting a rug for your living room space we want the front legs of your sofa to be completely supported by our floor rug with some breathing room on either side too! Same goes for your coffee table, he’s got the centre stage position while your occasional chairs and side tables also need a spot (or just the front legs, at least). When it comes to your dining room, you want the WHOLE lot smack-bang in the middle of the rug with plenty of room all the way around for your dining chairs to be able to push out and still be all nice and dry on the ‘rug island’. 

 THIS ROUND JUTE RUG PERFECTLY GROUNDS THIS ROUND DINING SETTING
THIS ROUND JUTE RUG PERFECTLY GROUNDS THIS ROUND DINING SETTING

Listen to your furniture, the layout will help to dictate what shape your rug needs to be.

THREE | What material & style rug should you buy?

As an item that lives on the ground and gets walked on, naturally it needs to be a few things: durable, comfy to walk on and durable. The composition of your living room rug will also be very different to that of your dining room rug and again different to your bedroom rug! As a rule of thumb, I generally adhere to the following guidelines: 

Living Room: Medium thickness pile, something comfy enough to lay on (I don’t know about you but I frequently lay on the ground in this room) but not super soft or fluffy because generally these are high-traffic areas and anything silky or precious will die a quick and painful death

Dining Room: Flat woven rug or something made from a hardy natural material such as Jute or Hemp. This means the inevitable food (or wine) dropped on the rug isn’t a massive disaster. There are brands that actually do completely synthetic rugs too!

Bedroom: Super luxe, fluffy AF, whatever you want your rug to be – it can be that, here. This is where the comfy factor is key, the best thing about a bedroom rug is that it can create a soft landing for your sleepy feet in the morning

 AFOREMENTIONED 'FLUFFY AF RUG'
AFOREMENTIONED ‘FLUFFY AF RUG’

Okay, these 3 key decision makers are pretty simple but they’re super effective in helping you decide on the basics of your rug purchases. Reference these as you begin to plan your space and room layout. However, I implore you to hold off on the most fun part of actually buying your rug until My Top 12 Affordable Rugs Round-Up in a little while. It will be worth it, I promise!!!

Until next time! xx