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How to choose a rug

We’ve got the lowdown on rugs so you can make the simplest change for maximum impact.

Living Room

1. Oversized: 200cm x 300cm

Fill the whole room but not wall to wall, the rug should create a stage for your couch and coffee table.

2. Large: 160cm x 230cm.

Define space and create separation between dining and living areas if you have an open concept living space.

The rug should sit under the front two feet of the couch, the entire coffee table and under the first two legs of your occasional chair.

3. Small: 155cm x 225cm

A quick and easy living room update, a small rug placed under a coffee table is often a layer of love that’s been lacking in a room.

Emphasise the look by echoing the colours in throw cushions and rugs on your couches.

STYLE TIP: “Your sofa doesn’t always need to sit atop the rug – a neat tailored look can be to find a small option to frame the area in front of your sofa or even just below your coffee table,” Kate, buyer for freedom.

Dining Room

  1. Go big! A large, oversized rug to comfortably host both your table and all the chairs
  2. Layer a couple of rugs together. Play with pattern and colour - use the same pattern in two colours side by side or go for an exact match so you can easily accommodate table and chairs.
  3. Think outside the rectangle and go round. Curvy shapes add comfort to the home, and if you have a round café-style dining table, double the charm with a circular rug underneath.


STYLE TIP: “You could even pair two of the same pattern and colour and weigh them down with a large, oversized table – it’s a really clever solution that looks like the one piece,” Kate, buyer for freedom.


Under the bed.

A great way to layer in toe-warming cosiness is to place a rug underneath the bed. You want at least 5cm over hang, so you still get a hint of the rug in the room.

This is also an excellent way to help dampen sound, especially if you have floorboards.

End of the bed.

Place a large rug so it creates a perimeter around the lower two-thirds of your bed. It’s a clever way to zone off the bed from the room.

 Surround your bed.

This is a lovely way to play with patterns in the bedroom. Choose two or three smaller sized rugs and place on either side and at the bottom of the bed. Unite the look with a common pattern or colour tone.


Style tip: “I love to jump out of bed in the morning onto a soft, tactile rug. I laid my small 110cm rug a quarter of the way down from the wall; this way I get to see more of my rug and haven’t lost any space where my bedsides sit,” Kate, freedom