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As the ultimate finishing touch in any space, the right rug can tie your look together and define your space. Here’s how to find your perfect match.
How the perfect rug can transform your space
Whether you’re looking to make a statement, add comfort or mark out different zones, a rug will anchor your space and add warmth and texture. Don’t leave it as an afterthought - take your entire space into account when finding your new rug, from the style of your home and furniture, to the way your family uses the space.
What size rug should I choose?
A small rug in a small space will make your room feel cramped, whereas a generous rug creates a sense of space. Measure your room, making note of vents, doors and obstacles. In a living space, allow the rug to sit just under the front legs of your sofas and chairs - this is useful in open-plan spaces, as it will define the space to create a warm, welcoming zone. Mix and match different styles - for example, layer a medium or small rectangle rug with a circular rug in a natural fibre.
In your dining area, ensure the rug is large enough to cover the floor with the chairs pushed out, or you’ll find yourself tripping over the edges. Bedroom rugs can vary - a runner along the side of the bed provides softness underfoot, while a larger rectangle rug under the lower half will add texture and absorb sounds.
What style of rug is right for my family?
How to care for your rug
Hold onto the care tags from your new rugs to ensure you can address spills and stains properly, as different materials and food or drink spills require different types of care - however, any messes should be immediately blotted with a clean white cloth to absorb the majority of the liquid. Regularly vacuum your rug, using a brush to work out stubborn pet hair. Smaller rugs can be shaken outside, while larger ones might need extra care, including annual professional cleaning. Rotate rugs in high traffic areas to ensure even wear, and consider using a rug underlay to prevent it from sliding and to protect your floors.