Choosing the right rug is tricky business. When you get it right, it can transform a room but if you get it wrong, the room can feel a little awkward and incomplete. Rugs are always a hot topic of discussion between interior designers and their clients as each space usually requires a different style rug to meet the needs of each client and their family. So how can you choose the right one for your home?
Selecting the perfect rug for your home comes down to three fundamental elements, namely, colour & pattern, size and texture. Together these three elements can help you find the right rug for your home. But before we discuss the details of each one, itâ€™s useful to consider the purpose of a rug and why its necessary for your home.
Many people categorise rugs to be an â€œaccessoryâ€ for the home, however to me it holds a more fundamental purpose in the home and therefore I like to refer to it as a piece of furniture. Rugs play an integral role in the home for the following reasons:
- A rug will help define and delineate a space (especially necessary in open plan living area);
- A rug will offer comfort and warmth where there are cold hard surfaces like tiles, timber and concrete;
- A rug can act as a feature in a room using colour and pattern to add visual interest.
By determining the purpose of a rug in your space, you will hopefully understand why it plays an important role in the story of your home. So letâ€™s begin!
1 / Colour
The first element to keep in mind is colour. An obvious place to start and one that can be challenging if you donâ€™t know where to begin. To keep things simple, consider the following two situations and which one best applies to you:
- Choose a colour palette that compliments your existing scheme. Take note of the current hues in your home, including dominate neutrals and accent colours. Use these options to help configure a palette for your rug that will blend in with your existing homeâ€™s scheme. If you find that your home is quite neutral, then introduce a pattern into the rug design to keep things interesting in your space.
- Alternatively, create a feature rug by introducing a new colour palette into your space. In this case, your rug will set the tone and mood for your room and and allow you to build your design concept around it. A great way to redesign a room is to begin from the floor up! But remember, if its going to be a feature rug in your space, donâ€™t be too conservative. A striking balance between colour and pattern can really elevate your space to the next level!
2 / Size
The second element to keep in mind is the size of your rug. But before we get into the details, itâ€™s helpful once again to consider the purpose of your rug. If youâ€™re introducing a rug to add comfort and warmth underfoot and a place for your children to play, then youâ€™re going to need a large one that will offer as much as floor coverage as possible. Alternatively, if youâ€™re looking for a rug to help define a zone, for example, in your open plan space, then you are going to need a size that is big enough anchor your furniture in this area.
Once your purpose is identified, there are two great sizes I like to work with. The first option is to choose a generously sized rug. To do this, you will need a rug that will cover almost all your ground space in your designated area. Ideally each piece of furniture should sit completely on the rug, encompassing your entire seating area. In a confined room, leave about 30-40cm floor space between the rug and walls. To choose a rug that fits the parameters of your designated area usually requires a custom-sized rug.
However, if a generously sized rug is not necessary for your space and you have flexibility in the way you can design your layout, then you may be able to choose a standard size from the rug collection which is generally a more economically option.
In this case, choose a size that is large enough to act as an anchor in the room and connect your furniture pieces together. To do this, each piece of furniture must connect with the rug, whether its the front legs of your sofa, or your bed sitting half on/off your rug. Typically, many standard sizes similar to 1.7 x 2.4m and 2 x 3m can work nicely here.
Image: Domaine Home.
3 / Texture
The final element to consider is texture and this one is often overlooked by many of us. The texture of a rug is all about how it feels to touch and how it contrasts with all the other materials used in your space. The more contrasting, the more rich and layered your space will feel. This is particularly important for those of us who love to live in a neutral space. Texture is the key ingredient to keeping things visually interesting when working with neutral tones and minimal colour.
Image: The Style Files.
Itâ€™s a combination of all three elements that makes this recipe a success for choosing the right rug for your home. Understand your purpose and why you need a rug in your space and then keep these three elements in mind when you go shopping!