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How to Choose the Right Rug — Your All-in-One Guide

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

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Rugs effortlessly anchor your space together and double as artwork for the floor. If you were to consult an interior designer for design advice, one suggestion you’d definitely get is incorporating the right rug.

But with endless options and a variety of sizes, shapes, styles, colours, and patterns, choosing the right rug is a challenge in itself. In this blog post, we’ll cover all the aspects you need to consider and help you choose the best rug for your space!

Find The Most Suitable Rug Size

As a rule of thumb, your rug should contain the major elements of the room. As such, the ideal size depends on the room you’re placing it in:

  • Living room: The rug should contain at least the front legs of your sofas and armchairs, and your coffee table.

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  • Bedroom: The rug should fit under the entire bed and bedside tables, with extra width on either end. Alternatively, you can flank your bed with two small rugs.

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  • Kitchen: Opt for a narrow rug to lay between the kitchen island and counter(s).

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  • Dining table: The rug should fit completely under the table, with extra width on either side (ensuring pushed-out chairs would sit on the rug, too).

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  • Patio: The larger the rug, the better. Opt for a size that’s just a little smaller than the area of the patio.

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Decide The Rug Shape

Different rug shapes suit different spaces. If you have a large room, rectangular rugs would complement the interior. On the other hand, a round rug would be better for smaller spaces.

Also keep in mind that rectangular and square shapes go well in formal settings, such as your home office.

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On the other hand, round rugs contribute to a more cosy environment, making them ideal for compact family rooms.

While choosing between round and oval — round rugs allow you to show off the floor. So, if you’re looking to make a statement with your wooden floor, go for round shapes. On the other hand, if you’d like to safeguard your carpet and have most of it covered, choose oval rugs.

Opt For The Most Suitable Rug Material

Rugs come in a variety of materials, with three common options being natural fibres, synthetic fibres, and artificial silk.

Natural fibres include cotton, jute, and woollen rugs. These are durable and last for years down the line, but are expensive options and may require thorough cleaning often.

Synthetic fibres are largely polyester rugs. These are budget-friendly and easy to clean but are not very durable. They are also susceptible to bacteria growth, may require frequent replacement, and are not a sustainable option.

Artificial silk includes bamboo silk and viscose. These are very affordable and excellent at hiding dirt. But they attract moisture and can be damaged by water spills.

Choose Rug Style, Colour, And Pattern

Next, you have to choose the rug style, colour, and pattern. Think about the effect you wish to create with your rug and consider your existing decor whilst making the decision.

Generally, rug colours and patterns should be coherent with existing room decor. If you have a colourful room with lots of patterns, you may want to opt for a solid, neutral rug for a grounding effect.

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On the other hand, rugs offer a fantastic way to add a pop of colour and pattern to plain, neutral-hued rooms.

Consider High-Pile Vs. Low-Pile

An aspect of rug material that deserves a section of its own is the “pile”. The pile of a rug is a means to describe its thickness. Low-pile rugs have short fibres and a sturdy build, and are easier to clean. On the other hand, high-pile rugs have longer, looser fibres, making them more luxurious and soft.

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Consider Your Lifestyle And Maintenance

Be honest about your lifestyle and the amount of effort you’re willing to expend to clean the rug while making your purchase.

If you have children or pets around, a light-hued, high-pile rug would definitely not be the right choice. Instead, a low-pile rug with a darker shade would suit your lifestyle better.

For maintenance, bear in mind that high-pile rugs require professional cleaning, whilst you could easily vacuum and clean low-pile rugs.

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Don’t Forget The Rug Pad!

Once you’ve chosen your rug, be sure to purchase a rug pad with it. This provides a better grip on the rug and prevents slips whilst also cushioning heavy furniture and protecting the floor.

Final Words

By following the tips given in this blog post, you will be able to pick a rug that best fits your space. And because rugs can be quite an investment, it’s recommended to do some brainstorming and planning before choosing the final piece!

Need some help to find the perfect rug for your space? Just book one of our Interior Design Gurus here! They can look at your space over video chat and give you tips, ideas and guidance on how to achieve an interior that you love.


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