How do you Choose the right Rug for your Home?
By Zephyr and Stone
The Rug - it’s the finishing piece that can single-handedly make or break your space. Choose well, and your rug will connect and anchor your furniture together, making the space feel complete and harmonious. Make the wrong choice and you’ll end up with a room, furniture and space that feel disjointed.
So how do you ensure your rug adds personality whilst maintaining cohesion in your space? Here are our top tips for ensuring you make the perfect choice for your home.
Go big or go home
First things first, lets talk size - and it really does matter. Whether your room is large or small, a larger rug will work wonders to bring your furniture together and define the space. Smaller rugs tend to float between furniture pieces and can make them feel disconnected, so when looking for your new rug don’t make the common mistake of downsizing.
This is equally important in both smaller and larger rooms. In a small room, a larger rug will make the space look and feel bigger, whilst larger rooms demand a larger rug to ensure proportions are balanced within the space.
Colour, Pattern and Texture
Depending on your style, you’ll generally either opt for a rug that’s minimal and cohesive or one that pops. For a more minimal look, opting for a rug that is predominantly lighter or a similar shade to your couch works best. If you’re after a pop of colour or pattern, there are no hard and fast rules, however pairing cushions, art or other accessories with your rug will help connect these pieces together. Choosing a patterned or textured rug will also add character, interest and contrast to the space.
Having trouble choosing a colour that works in your space? Why not have a rug made from the same carpet that’s laid in your home? This is the ultimate solution if you’re after cohesiveness between spaces. Here we opted for a rug made from Cavalier Bremworth Levante Felucca for the living room - the same carpet we installed in the bedrooms of the home. This ensured cohesion and flow between spaces.
There’s a range of materials available to suit a plethora of lifestyles. When choosing your rug, it’s vital to consider the household occupants and their living habits. However, more so than ever, it’s also vital to consider the environment and make a responsible choice by opting for a sustainable material. What are these? Sustainable rugs include those made from wool, sisal and jute. For living rooms and bedrooms, quality wool is an outstanding winner, as it’s soft underfoot and one of the best options for allergy and asthma sufferers.
To effectively connect all the furniture pieces in a space, your rug must anchor them together. The rug should sit centrally and under the chief pieces in the space - the couch, any armchairs and the coffee table. At a minimum, the front legs of your couch or chairs should sit over the rug, so the rug disappears under the furniture. The coffee table should also sit entirely over the rug, so the rug effectively dictates the living area zone.
Choosing a quality material for your rug ensures it will last the distance. Rugs generally endure high levels of traffic and food spills and will require ongoing care if you want them looking their best. Opting for a woven rug that can handle regular cleaning is a safe choice, ensuring your investment pays off for years to come.
What if one size doesn’t fit all?
It’s a common problem - you’ve determined the perfect rug dimensions for your space, but it’s not a standard size. No need to panic - rugs can be custom sized to suit your needs. The wide range of Cavalier Bremworth custom rugs ensures you can easily create a solution to suit your space, and even order a free sample online to make sure the colour is just right. With available sizes ranging from 0.5m x 0.5m to 3.66m x a massive 6m length, you’re sure to find the perfect size for your space.
When chosen well, rugs really can be the finishing piece that completes your space. The right rug will take your design to the next level while providing a soft and practical surface to relax and entertain in your home.