How to choose the right rug for any room

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How to choose the right rug for any room

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A rug can add warmth, personality and really affect the look and feel of a room. The trick to finding the right rug for any room comes down to three things: size, colour and material.

Get the size right

The size of your new rug will largely be dictated by the space where you would like to put the rug, so start by measuring the room. Once you have your dimensions, think about how much of your rug is going to be on display and whether it is going to be the dominant feature in the room. This may influence your decision when it comes to colour, pattern and texture.

It’s important to make sure the size of your rug is in proportion to the space available, otherwise it will look out of place. A good rule of thumb is your rug should fit the size of your seating area and be as large as possible within it.

Another thing to consider is the shape of the rug. A round rug can offer a nice contrast to a square room and soften the overall look. A square or rectangular rug is great for defining a space for sitting or dining.

Choose the perfect colour

This is a big decision because your rug will often be the first thing you and your guests notice when you walk in the room. If you already have a lot of colour going on, you might want to stick with something neutral or a single colour. On the other hand, if your room is fairly plain, a rug that includes bold patterns or bright colours can lift the overall look and become a real talking point.

Select the ideal material

While the look of your rug is important, how it feels should also be taken into consideration. If your rug is going to be located in a high-traffic area, you might be better off sacrificing comfort for durability. If it’s going to be a focal point of your lounge room, you might prefer a plusher, more luxurious option.

A pure wool rug will be soft to the touch and add a level of elegance and sophistication to any room. While materials like polypropylene and polyester combine a soft feel with stain resistance and durability. Sisal and sisal-look rugs have a woven appearance, are hardwearing, functional and perfect for busy areas. If you’re looking for a rug for the kids’ TV room, a wool blend will offer the perfect balance between comfort and durability.

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