Rugs are an excellent way to inject colour, pattern and interest into a tired space. They can also anchor a room which feels disjointed with multiple furniture pieces or elements. Not only this, it can add much needed warmth and comfort to solid floors, such as tiles, timber or concrete. Rugs can be a great fashion or trend piece which doesn’t have to break the bank, but there are many types to consider.
One of the most difficult considerations when selecting a rug is choosing the right size for a room. There are two ways of approaching this, they can either be anchored around the furniture, with the legs of sofas and chairs placed on the rug itself (or partly on the rug), or the rug can sit just off the furniture, creating a border of which the furniture is placed around. Either way, the rug should always be slightly bigger or equal to the largest item of furniture. A rug which is smaller in length than the sofa is one of the biggest interior design “no-no’s”. Many interior designers will let you know the best option is to have your furniture on the rug which is a very tasteful and classic look, however this is not always possible if the space does not allow it. If this is the case, make sure to layer the rug with items such as coffee tables and perhaps a side table too. There is no real right or wrong here, it really depends on the space. Just make sure the rug is big enough- err on the larger side if you’re uncertain!
This rug, while not sitting under the furniture, is still larger than the biggest element, the sofa. This makes the space appear considered while not cluttering it or making the rug look like and after-thought.
This same space has a different configuration, where all elements are layered on the larger rug, zoning the area.
Just like any other accessory in a home, a rug can be a fun way to inject colour and interest into a room. They look lovely under beds, in living spaces and under dining tables. If the interior is quite established, try to find a common colour in the room which can be referenced in the rug too, to tie the elements together. This may be in the form of an artwork, a feature chair or cushions. If there is not much in the space, consider how colours impact a space and its inhabitants as discussed earlier in the guide. A blue rug can be then referenced again in some cushions which feature blue and perhaps a burnt orange, fuchsia or navy for example.