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rug guide: designer tips for every room

Whether you choose a fluffy or flat-weave, pattern or plain, a well-placed rug can make all the difference to your interior.


With lots of things to consider when purchasing a rug, such as zoning an area or making a design statement, buying a rug can be an intricate decision.


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Rugs are a great way to add character to any room of the home.

A multi-functional accessory, they can be the perfect finishing touch to your home interior.

Rugs are also a brilliant way to instantly update your interior without the need to re-decorate the entire space.


When it comes to shopping for a rug, it can be hard to know what to look for.

There is a lot to consider, for example, you should take into account the size and shape of your room, your furniture placement and overall style of your space.

It’s important that whichever rug you choose fits the room proportionately and does not make the space feel unbalanced.


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Enzov Seagrass Rug

Grown in coastal meadows on the banks of Vietnamese rivers, Seagrass is as textural and tropical as it gets. Effortlessly uplifting in relaxing room.

LIVING ROOM RUGS

For small living rooms, having a coffee table on rug is ideal.

Placing the rug in the middle of the room creates a centre point and can make the space look bigger overall.

Ensure the rug size is based on the floor area in between the furniture so it fits proportionately.


A common rug placement option for the living room is to have the front legs of the sofa or chair on the rug.

This will cover the floor in front of the furniture, the main area that will be seen.

This layout is ideal if the furniture is against the wall as not too much of the rug will be covered.





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Agadir Wool & Rayon Rug

This rug is in soft grey hues to suit any interior. Made from a luxurious wool and rayon blend, it’s been expertly hand tufted.


Another rug placement option for the living room is to place all furniture on a large rug.

This is the perfect choice for open-plan spaces as a large rug with all furniture on defines the area.

It is essential there is enough space left around the perimeter of the furniture to ensure it isn’t perched on the edge of the rug as this can make the rug look too small for the room


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Opal Wool & Viscose Rug

A mix blend of wool & viscose is one of the best compositions as the wool will give durability whilst the viscose will provide a level of sheen to the rug.


To anchor the space, make sure the front two legs of the main furniture pieces are on the rug

DINING ROOM RUGS

For rectangular dining room tables, use a rectangular rug.

This option works for all room sizes, and the ideal rug size will depend on the dimensions of the room and the dining table.

Make sure the rug is large enough so all chairs remain on it even when they are pulled out.

Chairs slipping off the edge of the rug, will make the rug look to small for the space, allow approximately 8inches/20cm around the perimeter.

Allow the rug to sit at least a foot/30cm off the skirting boards.


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Flair Cotton & Hemp Rug

Intricately woven black and white cotton and hemp flat weave, expertly woven by hand


Should you have a circular dining table, the same rules apply.

The size you will require will depend on the dimensions of the room and the table.

If you do not have a lot of space, a round table is often a good option, and a round rug will enhance and define the space further.

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Eternal Round Jute Rug

Handwoven from natural jute, a biodegradable material that is both durable and sustainable, this tactile design will update any space.


BREAKFAST BARS & ISLANDS RUGS

When looking for a rug for a breakfast bar area, try a runner rug option.

Be certain to ensure that the rug is no longer than the length of the bar.

Placing a runner rug next to the breakfast bar area is a great way to add a contemporary feel.

Why not try going for a colourful and patterned rug to add character.

This is a great way to separate the kitchen and dining area and perfect for modern open-plan spaces.

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BEDROOM RUGS

Using a matching runner rug on either side of the bed, is a great way to add symmetry to the room. Ensure the runner is both wider than your bedside table and the same length as the bed for a balanced effect.


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Vapor Viscose Runner Rug

In tonal shades of grey, this rug is made from viscose. Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre made from a natural occurring plant molecule. A characteristic of carpets made from pure Viscose is they have a lovely sheen and a silky touch


KING SIZE BEDS:

Leave approximately 8inches/20cm of space from the nightstands to the start of the rug.

The rug should extend the bed by at least 1 foot/30cm.

Typical rug size for a King bed that works well is 9×12'/2.75x3.65m.


QUEEN SIZE BEDS:

Keep in line the end of the rug and the end of your nightstands.

Allow approximately 8inches/20cm of space on the sides of the bed.

Typical rug size for a Queen bed is 8×10/2.4x3m.


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A great way to add symmetry to a room is to place the bed partly on a medium rug - around 2/3 on is a good ratio.

This rug placement can help the room feel put-together and add character, without filling the entire space.


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Tumble Wool Rug

With its textured design and subtle beige colour palette, this rug is ideal for creating a focal point in any room.


Placing the entire bed on a large rug is a great way to define the sleeping area in a room.

The rug should run all the way to the headboard and under both bedside tables, this allows for rug to be underfoot when one gets out of bed.

You will need to go large and use a 3m x 4m or even a 4m x 5m rug in order to fit all the elements in.


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The size of rugs will vary depending on where they are sourced from, but in general they usual all do roughly the same size.

I have created a table below as an overview of general rug sizes

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Click here to see a rug layouts per room, brilliantly illustrated on The Rug Company's website.


HALLWAYS & STAIRS

For hallways ensure that the runner will sit at equal distances away for the walls on either side, in other words, it should be centralised.

If you have a wider hallway, and furniture such as console table, I would advise centralising the rug from the front of the furniture.


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If you are considering having a stair runner on your stairs, allow approximately 10cm on either side of the runner. You may want to do half turns and landing as a full cover option, keeping the focal point on the stair runner.

 

Have a read of my article on Choosing a Stair Runner that will Remodel your Staircase for more on stair runners

 

UNDERLAY

Regardless of the size of rug, I always recommend that you buy a non slip underlay to put

underneath it.

Without it, rugs tend to slide out of place and need re-aligning on a daily bases.

The Kuda Rug Underlay which is 100% latex, made of natural rubber, so it's plastic-free and environmentally friendly.

Latex rug underlay is also perfect for stopping larger carpets from sliding out of place or puckering.

Another great product is Foxi Anti Slip underlay for carpets.

You can select from a range of sizes to suit the size of your rug.


If you are looking for a rug to transform your space, why not contact me on hello@studiojeandre.com for a consultation for your project.


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