IDEAS & ADVICE
The humble rug has become the living room hero! Follow these easy tips on how to style yours perfectly for your space.
Two Rugs Are Better Than One
Everything you thought you knew about rugs and their place in the lounge has changed. Don’t restrict yourself to one plain piece – layering rugs is the newest trend in home decor and gives the living room a plush look and feel. Experiment with different shapes and textures; a rectangular wool rug is softened with a sheepskin. Natural fabrics like jute come alive with animal hides placed diagonally across them. Don’t be afraid to mix colours and patterns – anything goes as long as the combination feels harmonious. Think kilims with striped runners or a neutral-coloured sisal rug paired with a round rug in a bright contrasting shade beneath the coffee table.
The rug you choose for the living room should complement the floor and its material. If you have exposed stone tiles or concrete floors, animal hides and neutral rugs look chic and contemporary. Warm wooden floors bring rugs in deep rich colours to life and patterns can be offset beautifully by a high sheen timber. If your living room is tiled, natural fibre rugs with materials like hessian and leather can give the room a more natural feel – just remember to attach a non-slip rug beneath it! Even living rooms that are carpeted can benefit from an intricately patterned rug to break up the monochrome and protect busy areas.
When it comes to rugs, bigger is better. Small centred rugs can feel lost in a larger space and give the room an unfinished look. Larger styles bring the room together and distinguish different areas in an open-plan layout. Make sure when you choose your large rug that the legs of all pieces of furniture are either on or off the rug – uneven spacing can cause chairs to become unbalanced and look messy and disordered. Keep in mind the wear and tear that your large rug will undergo – dry-clean only fabrics in very large sizes can be expensive to wash, so a hardier fabric might be more cost effective.
The Texture Test
That thick-pile cream rug might feel like heaven beneath your feet, but will it stand up to constant foot traffic? Choosing the texture of your rug is key in keeping it looking its best after years of wear and tear. Bedroom rugs don’t see a lot of movement, but the living room rug is almost constantly in use. Look for a sturdy wool base that doesn’t show the dirt or even a Persian style that actually looks better when a little worn. Keep in mind the damage heavy furniture can have on the rug as well – a tougher fabric will allow the indentations to be smoothed over when moving the lounge set-up around.
If you need some inspiration for your next living room rugs, our collection of rugs are available in a range of shapes, sizes, colours, textures and patterns. Don’t hold back!