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When choosing an area rug, the biggest mistake (especially in a small room) is going too small. A large area rug really anchors the space so that furniture doesn’t appear to be floating in the room and can actually make the space appear larger.
I prefer all furniture on the rug. This works so well if you have oak flooring throughout as it helps break this up so that you don’t feel the room is saturated with oak (think oak doors, oak furniture – too much) See image below of the area rug used for my client who felt overwhelmed with oak and really wanted to disguise the floor. This was from Ulster Carpets and we had it bound with a cotton herringbone border.
Large area rugs work well in open plan areas, defining the conversation area in the room where you are more relaxed with comfort under foot.
A general rule of thumb is 12″ to 14″ from the rooms perimeter.
Don’t be afraid to do this. Laying another rug on top adds colour and texture. It will add interest especially if you go for a large neutral jute rug, which cleans up well especially if you have kids or pets. The same idea can be applied if you have wall to wall carpet, just layer an area rug over this.
Don’t be afraid of colour or pattern. You will need some contrast if you have gone neutral with everything else and played safe i.e. walls and sofa. Live life in colour!
It’s nice to feel the comfort of a rug on your feet when you get out of bed. I like two feet beyond the bed each side.
Try using a rug pad as rug tape can ruin hardwood floors with it’s stickiness. A pad also adds a layer of comfort especially if using a flat weave area rug.
Where to start decorating. Choosing paint colour is the number one problem my clients struggle with. Most want to change the colour of their homes but don’t know where to start. They feel pressurised with current trends, aren’t sure if this will suit their home or even how to go about it. They want this: […]
SEPTEMBER starts here! Get your home ready for Autumn. September is the month of new starts, whether it’s back to school for the kids and getting your routine back or starting a new class at the gym or trying something new; take the opportunity to get things moving for the new season and plan ahead. […]