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Choosing the right rug for your space

Three big questions you should ask yourself before you take the plunge ...

Rug size and fit
Rug placement

1. What size is the right fit?

For a living room, your rug should fit to your seating area. It should extend under the front leg area of all sofas and chairs but not necessarily much further past this point. You want your feet to be on the rug whilst seated giving that feeling of comfort and softness underfoot, especially in the cooler months. This arrangement will define your seating zone.

cotton rug
What material do I choose?

2. What is the ideal material for my rug?

Cotton dhurries and kilims

These rugs are flat woven and generally reversible. They are usually highly durable, (particularly the darker colours), affordable and easy to clean. They work well in just about any area.

Sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp

These rugs are woven from natural fibres extracted from plants. Once again, they are highly durable, affordable, easy to clean and very adaptable due to their neutral colour palette.


A good quality wool rug will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. There are different grades of wool to consider when buying. A high-grade wool will be softer and smoother and the price will most likely reflect this. Even though wool rugs are a little more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, they are a natural fibre, highly durable and will keep their colour and pattern over time.


The fibres for synthetic rugs are made from petroleum e.g. polypropylene, nylon, acrylic or polyester. This type of rug is highly durable, affordable, easy to clean and can resist mildew, ageing and sunlight. Be aware thought that they are not stain resistant, so cleaning up spills quickly is essential.

Choosing a colour or pattern

3. What colour or pattern do I choose?

Ideally it is easiest to begin the decoration process with your rug and artwork - everything else will flow from there. But, this is not always the order that will work for you. There are general rules here but this is where you should allow your personality to show through - do not be bound by rules!

Generally, if you choose a neutral rug, you can add colour, pattern and texture to the space via art and soft furnishings.

A colourful, patterned rug would be the feature of a room meaning you could keep surrounding elements more neutral. To colour co-ordinate, pick a colour or two from the rug and add it to your soft furnishings.

A solid block colour rug will ground your space and compliment patterns and shapes within. It will set you with a primary palette to work with. This primary colour will ensure flow within a home if it is utilised in adjacent spaces.

When choosing your natural rug to be eco-friendly, be sure to check if it has been treated with any harsh chemical such as toxic dyes, glues and flame-retardents. It is these chemicals that can wreak havoc on our health. There are some great companies out there that are very conscious of this.

I hope these tips help guide you through your next big rug purchase.

Feel free to contact me if you need help moving in the right direction - that's what I'm here for!

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