Find The Perfect Rug: Rug Style Guide

Rug Style Guide

We develop this simple and easy to understand rug style guide to assist you to shop the right rug for your home.

A rug can make or break a room. It significantly improves the appearance of a room. Choosing the right type of rug is about the way it looks, its practicality in your home as well as the way it feels underfoot.

Here are some key things to consider when choosing the perfect rug:

  • Size and shape

A too small rug for your space can cause it to feel uninviting. A too large rug for the room can, paradoxically, make the room feel smaller. Rugs are made in different sizes and shapes. To choose the right size rug and place it correctly, you’ll need to take into account the size, shape of the room, and furniture arrangement. If you want to cover the majority of the room, be sure to leave 30 to 50cm of open floor space between the walls and rug edges.

Here are some illustrations to guide you on the best rug size for the most common furniture layouts, along with some essential design tips.

Living room: If your sofa is against a wall, ensure that at least its front legs and the front legs of the neighbouring armchairs are on the rug. In a large living room with a seating area in the middle, the rug should contain all furniture, front and back legs, with space around.

Rug Style Guide

Dining room: Use the table’s size as your point of reference. Whether circular or round, the rug should extend at least 60cm on  all sides so the chair can still fit even when pushed back. Most tables need a rug that is at least 240cm wide.

Rug Style Guide

Bedroom: For a spacious room, opt for a rug that fits under the entire bed and night tables, with extra width on either side. For smaller rooms, the rug should cover two-third of your bed. Allow 60cm on each side of the bed to have a softwarm place for your feet to land when you get out of bed.

Rug Style Guide

  • Design Style

This is dependent on your home décor and your taste. An area rug doesn’t need to complement every element in your room; just make sure it goes well with the tones and textures of your furniture. If your home and furniture are new and modern, then a modern  or  contemporary floor rug should be considered first. Sometimes a Persian-styled rug can add great style and contrast.

A general rule of thumb, if your lounge and curtains have quite a busy pattern, it is better to go with a fairly simple designed rug. For rooms that are more minimalist or neutrally designed, textured and patterned rugs can add interest. Whether you’re designing a room around your chosen rug or adding the rug to an existing scheme, remember that a bold pattern or print will become a focal point, whereas a more neutral rug will blend in.

  • Color and pattern

The right combination of colors, expressed through the right design, becomes more than a rug, it becomes a work of art. Your art. Select a rug with colors that will visually enhance your room’s décor. The colors don’t have to match the other colors in the room perfectly.

Some of the best interior designs feature new and interesting combinations of colors that either contrast or compliment a room’s color scheme. A good fact to remember is that light coloured  rugs make a room feel larger, while dark colours create the impression of being smaller and more cozy.

If your room has mainly neutral tones, then contrast in colour can make the rug really stand out rather than blend in. If the area has feature walls, then we generally suggest a rug with at least one similar tone that matches.

Choosing a patterned rug can be a great way to add color and interest to a room with neutral furniture and walls. They are also good for hiding dirt and spills while a solid rug is more likely to show stains.

To add a stylish touch to your décor, go for floral or geometric designs, perhaps on jute or sisal rugs.

  • Material and texture

If you prefer a softer feel, then natural fibbers such as wool and cotton are for you. Wool rugs add warmth and softness. Silk is soft and beautiful but also expensive and tough to clean.

Frequently used spaces such as the entryway require rugs that can withstand high traffic. Low pile and flatweave rugs reduce the look of wear and are more practical when it comes to vacuuming or spot cleaning.

To further make sure that your rug will cope with a high traffic area, rotate your rugs regularly to help distribute the wear more evenly. If there are young children who play on the floor, a low-pile carpet with a premium rug pad creates a soft, comfortable place to be. Bedrooms are a nice place to have a high-pile rug.

Sisal and jute give rooms a more relaxed, organic feel and comforting feel that is ideal for living rooms, children’s playrooms, and bedrooms.

  • Fun tip

If you are still unsure, here is a trick you can use. ‘The tape trick’ You can apply the tape to visualize how the rug will fit into the space. Here you use removable masking tape that will not damage the floor, mark out the size of the area you would like the rug to cover this will show the outline. Measure the length and width of the tape to  see how the rug of that size would fit  in the space, once you are satisfied you are ready to shop.

We hope this rug style guide can help you to find your perfect rug for home. If you have any questions please do not hesitated to contact us at

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