At the moment I am exploring some rug options for a client and their new build home. If you've ever been shopping for a rug, you'll find there's many sizes, colours, textures and patterns to choose from! So how do you know what's right for you? The first place to start is to consider the purpose of your rug... Why do you want it? What purpose(s) will it serve? Funnily enough, rugs can improve the look and feel of your room in multiple ways.
Here's what to consider:
Zone a Space // Many of us live in open plan homes, particularly areas like the living room, dining and kitchen. These open spaces can be hard to fill with the right amount of furniture and to keep a consistent theme in such a vast space. So zoned spaces are highly desired and the easiest way is to add rugs. To do this, introduce a rug into each area you want to define. For example, you can use a rug in your living room to create an intimate seating area and underneath your dining table to highlight your eating space.
Create a focal point // Rugs are a great way to introduce colour, pattern and texture to your space! For example, you may have a bedroom with carpet on the floor. To break up the monotone look (and perhaps the dull colour of your carpet!), introduce a rug with colour and pattern. This vibrant contrast will be striking. It will also help anchor your bed in the room to create a statement piece! This idea works equally well in your living room and dining areas.
Add warmth // If you live in a home with timber floors, tiles or concrete, you may find in the cooler months that walking barefoot on these surfaces is not ideal! To keep warm and retain the heat in your home, rugs are essential. Their textural element (particularly wool) and tactile nature can generate so much warmth both physically and visually. To accentuate this feeling, consider layering your rugs, especially with different textures like sheepskin. And don't forget the bathroom! A rug in the bathroom can turn this space from feeling sterile to cosy.
Bring a room together // Furniture in a room that is not anchored by a rug can sometimes feel likes its "floating". The purpose of a rug in this context is used to connect the pieces of a room together. Tie it all in. This works well in the living room connecting the various seating pieces, the dining room by centralising the focus around the table and in the bedroom, by creating a focal point around the bed.