Choosing a rug can be a sizeable investment so we need to be confident it will suit the space and our lifestyle. There are many things to consider for the correct size and placement but also how child and animal friendly it will be for the particular lifestyle you lead. Choosing a rug is sometimes easier at the beginning of the decorating project. Personally, I like to start with the large and more expensive items first and build upon these to create the overall look and feel of the space. This is not always possible and so to find a rug that suits our personality, our lifestyle and the already fleshed out scheme takes some research to find THE ONE.
We like to use artwork as the feature of a room and steer away from bold colour on the floor. It allows for more creativity in adding cushions and decorator pieces that mean something to us and don’t risk overcomplicating a space (also cheaper to replace if you need to change something due to boredom). So, we concentrate more on quality, texture and longevity of style and not on trend. We use rugs to ground the space and create welcoming zones.
We have created a visual guide for rug placement ideas in different rooms with various sizes and furniture placement, we hope this helps you pick the right sized rug for you:
These are some basic tips to follow:
Give the rug some air – we tend to agree that the right size rug for your space should allow for a 30 – 45cm space between the edge of the rug and the wall. We love to see some bare floorboards or tiles around the border of the rug. There is nothing worse than seeing a rug crease up at the end where it meets the wall or a corner hearth but equally as disappointing is when the rug looks tiny in a room or when the function of the room (like shutting a door) is imposed upon. Like oversized art, we choose to style with the biggest rug that will complete the room.
In lounge rooms there is a general consensus that the front two legs of a sofa should be on the rug and the back two should be off. If we choose to do this, we find it best to have the rug at least 20cm under the sofa or it looks like you forgot to push the sofa back and it just got caught up. In a more formal space with two opposing sofas and a coffee table in the middle a very large rug is required to achieve this look (at minimum a 3m x 4m rug) but all furniture items must also be to scale. A large round rug can make this same set up look more connected and less formal and we would often choose a round coffee table to complement this look.
The size and shape of the rug you choose should also depend on the function to be served; is it a central feature of the room (larger the better); something comfortable for the kids to play on (ensure not much texture to catch pesky crumbs or little fingers exploring those hand tufted feature bumps); something to protect floorboards (have an anti-slip backing or purchase anti-slip from the hardware store); or to add warmth (this can be visually with loads of texture or physically by adding a large rug with a deep pile); under a dining table to create a zone (no texture as it will trap everything spilt on it, also chairs will not slide without hooking up, make sure it is big enough to be able to have the chair pulled out to sit on without going over the edge of the rug anywhere there is a chair).
Bedroom rugs can again create an informal or more formal looking space but definitely add interest to the room and make it feel cosier. If the rug is placed at the end of the bed, ensure to have the rug large enough to have about a 50cm overhang from three of the edges of the bed or it is a waste of time having one there. If the room is too small for this then you may choose to have the rug off to one side or maybe even a circular rug off from one corner of the bed (these two options create a less informal room but allow you to have a rug).
There is so much to consider so we have curated a collection of our favourites. Click through to our rug section to see our full collection.
Thanks to the team at Shift Property Styling for their advice here.