One of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room is to add a rug. Yet it is an item that you should actually consider first. Flooring is often an afterthought, and even when it is added, many times it’s done incorrectly. That’s because a large part of decorating with rugs is based on the principles of proportion. Not to mention balance with colour and texture and the element of style, too. So to ensure you get it right at your place, New Woman is sharing these rules for decorating with rugs.
The fit: A rug needs to be scaled to fit in with the rest of your decor. A small rug in front of a large sofa will seem miserly. As a rule, it’s best to be generous and treat a rug as an anchor point for a room. If you have space, place all your furniture on a rug. A large rug grounds a furniture collection.
Zones: You can also use rugs to define different zones of a room. In a large open-plan living space, use a rug to differentiate the living from dining areas. The furniture in each space could be placed on its own large rug. If you’re not sure, use newspaper or masking tape to map out the size of the rug you’re considering.
Getting it right: There are two options for choosing the correct size. For a living room, you may choose the contemporary oversized method [mentioned above] where you place all of your furniture on top of the rug or the traditional method whereby you place your sofas around the rug and only your coffee table on top. When it comes to dining rooms, rugs really need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in the pulled out position – the chair legs should not ‘fall off’ the rug.
Think first: Be careful not to fall into the trap of buying a rug simply because you like it, without considering your circumstances or lifestyle. People who select a rug based on their lifestyle or usage requirements are happier long term because their educated choice means the rug will look better, be easier to maintain and, best of all, will last much longer.
Ask yourself: Is there much foot traffic in the room? Do you have children or pets? Do you want the rug to be a feature of the room, or simply add subtle texture and finish off space? Does the room get much sunlight?
Options: Classical styles include Persian and Oriental rugs. More contemporary rugs can be made from plain, natural materials such as sisal, jute and hemp. They can also add graphic elements to a room. Graphic imagery and patterned rugs can add another layer of texture to space where existing furniture may be a little lacking in strength. Placing an interesting rug within a furniture setting has an instant impact and refreshes a space immediately.
Approach: When decorating any area, it is often best to build the scheme from the floor up. Set the atmosphere and palette by selecting the rug first. In most cases, this will guide you towards your complete desired interior. If you are selecting the rug after you have furnished the room, however, look for colours in a rug that complement a favourite piece of artwork or blend in with your soft furnishings.
Texture and colour: A rug can be a great way to introduce these into a room – use natural sisals for warmth, and plush woollen rugs for colour.
Balance: Just remember that if you add a colourful rug to a scheme, you need to ensure it balances against all the other elements you are considering for the room. These include fabric and paint swatches as well as furniture and lighting shapes and sizes.