Flooring: Rugs

A simple and cost-effective way of updating any room is through the use of a rug. Rugs are so versatile – offering many shapes, sizes, colourways, designs and textures to complement your décor.

Here are a few golden rules to follow:

Size does matter. Big rugs can look amazing or be completely overpowering and it’s often a very fine line. Be sure to measure up correctly – leave a very clear border. Equally a rug that is too small can look totally wrong. A great little tip is to find a rug you like, take the measurements and measure this out with masking tape on your chosen floor – this will give you a good idea on the size of the rug and how this will look in your room.

Colour Match. Far too many people are under the influence that everything in their home should match perfectly. It shouldn’t. A haphazard mix of colours and styles can be just as striking and sometimes even more so than a perfectly placed accessory. Choose bold, striking colours at opposite ends of the colour spectrum.

Design. Think carefully about the design of your rug – there are some modern and abstract designs now available, but these shouldn’t be mixed with twee wallpaper and a nest of tables. Think about the whole look of your room before you choose a design. As a general rule, patterned rugs look good with plain walls and plain rugs work with patterned walls and curtains.

When you’re shopping for a rug, go with your heart, not your head – fall in love with your purchase and you’ll never look back.