5 Tips to Help Choose the Perfect Rug
1—Size Does Matter
When it comes to rugs, the bigger, the better. Gone are the days where your rug would only fit the coffee table, so it's easier to clean. Ideally, you want all your sofas and armchairs sitting on top of the rug comfortably to create a feeling of generosity and spaciousness. Measure your room and your furniture and draw it on a piece of paper.
Measure the main pieces like the sofa and armchairs and add them into the drawing in their position. Outline the furniture pieces and figure out how big the rug can be and use that measurement to establish a guide for the size you will need.
2—Texture, Pattern, or Plain
Juxtapose your materials. Depending on whether the rug is the hero of the space, selecting a pattern or plain rug will be rather significant. If your space is full of prints and colour, you would most likely go for a flat weave rug with a solid colour or a textured wool rug to contrast with the other pieces in the space. Unless you are a maximalist and if that's the case, by all means, go nuts! If you were into an earthier interior, soft looped wool rugs would be more appropriate, and if your preference is modern & sleek, a solid colour flat weave rug will do the trick.
Rugs can range from extremely cheap to say what now (?!) expensive depending on the method of production, material and country of origin. More expensive will not always translate into longer-lasting, and cheaper won't always translate into poor quality. Know what you are paying for; is it a designer name, a high-quality material, or lengthy complicated production method? Do your research and shop around until you find the style you desire that also fits within your budget.
Tell a story. Think about what is the style of the proposed interior. Research so you can establish an idea of what the style is and if it works with the architecture of your home. Ask yourself what it is about that style that appeals to you? Are they calming colours? A feeling of earthiness? The simplicity? Question yourself if the pieces you are choosing are also fitting with those emotions. That will bring you one step closer to selecting the right items. Remember, there are no rules, but you have to make educated decisions about what approach to take when selecting pieces, so the final result is cohesive. And most importantly, trust your instincts.
5—Keep It Practical
Find the balance between what you want and what you need. If you have a young family, pets or not currently living in your forever home choosing a $10k silk blend rug is most likely not the best choice for you, and if it is, I'd like to move in! Make sure your selection is realistic and functional so you can spend your time enjoying the space rather than feeling doubtful of your choices. After all, our homes are designed to be lived in and practical for everyday use.
Finally, if you are still struggling to put the pieces together, ask for advice! Using a stylist or a decorator can save you time, money and like some of my clients say, 'save your marriage!' So find someone in your area that you connect with and will work to your budget to help bring your ideas to life.