Traditionally used for added comfort and warmth pre-central heating, rugs can help transform the look and feel of your home and help create a cohesive scheme in any room. In order to select the right rug, you must first understand how each room is used.
The hallway of any home sets the tone for the rest of house. Whether it’s a narrow traditional Victorian hallway with geometric tiles, or a modern expanse with high ceilings, it’s important to choose a rug that can withstand a large footfall. Choose a heavy duty, durable rug that can be cleaned easily.
For a more traditional hallway perhaps choose a runner in a heritage colour, or if your atrium is large enough, a round rug set beneath a circular console table with fresh cut flowers to create an elegant tone.
A doormat is both a stylish and practical touch, keeping muddy footprints at bay as well as providing a welcoming first impression.
The living room
The living room is perhaps the room where your carpet can be as bold as you like. Try clashing prints with your wallpaper but use similar colours to create a cohesive scheme.
The rug in a living room should be large enough that it helps draw in the rest of the furniture, but small enough to showcase the flooring underneath, especially wooden or tiled.
A wool carpet is the perfect material for your living room carpet, as it’s hard wearing and easy to clean.
When choosing a rug for your bedroom, the bigger the better. Not only does a larger rug absorb sound, but it instantly creates a luxurious touch. Neutral colours, with minimal to no pattern ensure that when you’re trying to sleep, you’ll have fewer distractions.
Natural fabrics like wool, silk and cotton work well. Layering a grey sheepskin rug over a large square cream wool one adds texture and warmth whilst maintaining a neutral colour palette.
Modern bathmats are nothing like the slightly soggy, unhygienic, co-ordinating bath, sink and toilet pedestal mat of yesteryear. Bath mats now are made of natural and hardwearing fabrics like jute and sisal and add a modern touch to any bathroom. These rugs look just as good next to a role-top bath as they do a modern shower unit.
Use rugs to elevate your interior, whilst still ensuring practicality and invest in a good quality one that will endure the wear and tear of everyday life