Advice on choosing the right rug

Posted by admin - January 28, 2016 - Designer Insights

How can you go wrong, it’s only a rug, you might ask? Though you’d be surprised at just how negative an effect ‘getting it wrong’ can have on a room. One thing is for sure, rugs craft a cosy, homely ambience in a room, providing you get the design, texture and size right.

If you are on the market for a new rug in 2016, in order to make the most of your investment, take a look at the following advice on choosing the right rug.

Think about your lifestyle

It’s all very well concentrating on ensuring the style of a rug matches the design of the room it’s going in, but you also need to consider lifestyle factors. For example, if you have a dog or children that regularly come home with muddy paws and shoes, placing a beautiful white, shaggy rug in the hallway, where it will be walked on by all and Sunday, is likely to be doomed from the offset.
If on the other hand your house is immaculate and you insist all shoes are removed before anyone proceeds past the porch, placing a high quality and light-coloured rug in the hallway might not be a problem.

Flat weave, low-pile rugs

Generally speaking, areas and rooms that have high use and a lot of passing traffic are more suited to flat-weave, low-pile rugs. These types of rugs are generally easier to vacuum and clean compared to high-pile rugs. They also create a soft and inviting place for people to sit and for children to play in rooms that are regularly used such as living rooms.

Flat-weave rugs are also a good choice in playrooms and nurseries, as toys and other items can slide across the surface with ease.

High-pile rugs

High-pile rugs look fuller and ‘shaggy’ in appearance and can be beautifully soft to touch and walk on. These luxurious types of rugs make great additions to bedrooms, excluding children’s bedrooms, or anywhere you want to craft an indulgent look without jeopardising the condition of the rug through too much traffic.

Vintage or new?

Vintage rugs radiate taste and sophistication whilst modern rugs craft a trendy, contemporary vibe. Whether you opt for old or new is of course entirely up to personal preference. However, similar to when you decide to opt for vintage or modern furniture in a room, the decision should be also influenced on the style and design of the rest of the room.

For example, a modern rug might look painfully out of place in a classically-designed dining room in an old Georgian property. By the same token a worn and distressed vintage rug is unlikely to be inappropriate in the living room of a newly built apartment in the centre of a city.

Searching for the right rug for your home can be a lot of fun but just remember the wrong rug can bring a distasteful tone to the whole room.