How to Choose the Right Floor Rug: A Comprehensive Guide

21st Dec 2023

How to Choose the Right Floor Rug: A Comprehensive Guide

Selecting the perfect floor rug is a transformative step in elevating the aesthetics and comfort of your living spaces. Whether you're looking to add warmth to a room, define a specific area, or simply enhance the overall decor, the right rug can make a significant difference. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the key considerations and expert tips for choosing a floor rug that suits your style and space. 

1. What is The Purpose Of The Rug?: 

Before diving into the world of rugs, identify the purpose of the rug in the room. Are you looking to add a cosy touch to your  bedroom, define a seating area in the living room, or introduce a splash of colour to a neutral space? Understanding the intended purpose will guide your choices in terms of size, material, and style. 

2. What Is The Right Size Rug? 

The size of the rug is crucial for achieving a balanced and well-proportioned look in your space. Here are some general guidelines: 

Living Room: Ensure that the rug is large enough for all the furniture legs to rest on it or, at a minimum, the front legs of the seating should be on the rug. 

Dining Room: The rug should extend beyond the edges of the dining table to accommodate chairs, even when pulled out. 

Bedroom: Aim for a rug that extends a minimum of 450mm beyond each side of the bed. This creates a visually appealing and cohesive appearance, offering a comfortable landing for your feet when you get out of bed. For smaller bedrooms, avoid overpowering the space with a rug that engulfs the entire floor. Instead, opt for a practical solution such as a small runner rug placed on either side or at the foot of the bed. This not only enhances the aesthetic but also maximizes the impact of the rug in a more confined area. 

Floor rug striped

3. Which Materials Should I Choose? 

Rug texture and material not only affect the aesthetics but also the feel and durability. Common rug materials include: 

Wool: Renowned for its luxurious feel, wool rugs are durable, naturally stain-resistant, and offer excellent insulation.

Cotton: Lightweight and easy to clean, cotton rugs are soft, breathable, and ideal for casual spaces. 

Viscose: Often known as "artificial silk," viscose adds a touch of luxury, mimicking the look and feel of silk at a more affordable price. 

Polyester: Polyester rugs are budget-friendly, durable, and resistant to fading, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. 

Jute: As a natural fibre, jute rugs are eco-friendly, sturdy, and add a rustic charm to your space. 

diamond floor rug

4. Which Style and Pattern Should I Choose? 

The style and pattern of the rug contribute to the overall aesthetics of the room. Consider the existing decor and the atmosphere you want to create: 

Solid Colours: Timeless and versatile, solid-coloured rugs work well in minimalist and modern spaces. 

Geometric Patterns: Add visual interest and a contemporary touch with geometric patterns, like those found in the stylish Rea Diamond Floor Rug

Traditional or Oriental: Bring in a touch of classic elegance with intricate patterns inspired by traditional or Oriental designs, with the Romi Floor Rug

Stripes or Chevron: These patterns, exemplified by the Kobie Cotton Blend Striped Floor Rug, can elongate a room and add a dynamic flair. 

Floor rug design

As you explore our curated selection of  rugs, remember that each piece is not just an addition to your home but an investment in comfort and style. By considering the purpose, size, material, style, maintenance, and budget, you'll be well on your way to discovering the perfect rug that transforms your living spaces. Take your time, enjoy the process, and let your chosen rug be the foundation of a beautifully curated home.


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