Ok, ok, ok… So, it doesn’t always matter. But, now that I have your attention, let’s talk rugs!
Your rug can be what centres and completes your living and dining rooms and you shouldn’t just leave it at that. Where do your feet land when you step out of bed? What leads you down the hall and quietens your footfall when you’re trying to sneak in after a big night (a totally big concern when growing up, right)?
As much as you want to show off your flooring in a new build, an area rug on flooring like hardwood, laminate, tile or stone will warm your home, greatly reduce noise and protect your floors. Now, if you’re renting, you’re probably stuck with some pretty horrendous carpet or tiles. Bringing a rug in will add instant personality to the home while effortlessly defining your space and if you’re stuck in a house that’s filled with dark fugly carpet, a light-coloured rug will 100% brighten up the area. Read further on how to decorate your rentals here.
Once you’ve figured out what areas in your house need a rug, you’re going to hit a little road block - Actually having to choose a rug, dun dun DUUUUN.
Beyond what patterns or colours you’re after, you need to know how they are crafted. Here is a list of the various ways your rug has been created and how they affect your home and the feel underfoot.
Hand-made VS Machine-made
Besides a higher price tag, a hand-made rug is going to generally be of a higher quality than that of a machine rug. A quality hand-woven/tufted/knotted/flat weave rug has been created over a substantial length of time by a rug artisan on specially designed looms or knotted by hand and should be considered a piece of art in its own right. These rugs should last a lifetime, are made from natural materials like wool, cotton or silk and over time, your handmade rug will develop a kind of patina which can’t be duplicated on a machine-made one. BUT! As with a lot of nice things (and priced high enough for our breath to catch a little in our throat), we can’t all justify spending thousands of dollars on something we will be throwing on the floor to stomp all over.
Step right up, machine-made rugs! Produced in almost a matter of hours rather than years, these bad-boys are made most commonly with synthetic materials, wool or a combination of natural and synthetics. These rugs are suited for practically anywhere (like high traffic areas) and are churned out in a whole bunch of colours and patterns that you can get at a considerably lower price point than that of a hand-made rug.
Annnnd, finally… How big is it?
Furniture, shape and space - three things that you need to consider when choosing the size of your rug. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen in my career is the use of too a small a rug if not a complete lack of rug. Idiot proof your decision making by chucking some painters tape down.Here are some images with examples so that you can go off and get your super cool rug in the right size!
Large Scale Rug
You’ll find this layout to be great for open living spaces as it requires quite a large rug and really anchors an area. If your rug is touching the walls, it’s too friggen big – You’re trying to define an area, not swamp it. This has got to be my favourite use of a rug as it defines a seating area and conversation area while looking unified. It’s also my favourite when it comes to dining tables with rugs and you can read our blog on using rugs under dining tables here.
Medium Scale Rug
Is your space compact enough that you have furniture against the wall? Then you’re going to need to have the front legs of your sofas and armchairs sitting on the rug to create a good sense of proportion. This is another case of having 15cm (6in) extending somewhere, but this time, under the legs of your furniture.
Small Scale Rug
Now, for those extra small or narrow spaces, we’re going to want to play with the rooms scale and make it look larger. Base your rug on the interior dimensions and the available seating. You’re going to need to use your negative space for your furniture to sit in. Your furniture can be legs touching or spaced out from the rug to really widen up the scale of the space you have here.