Three Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Rug
As the autumn days draw in, it’s time to get our homes feeling cosy again. And, nothing says cosy more than a selection of beautiful and welcoming rugs adorned throughout the house.
But, how do you go about choosing the perfect rug from the vast selection on offer? Here we offer three helpful tips to make your decision a little easier…
1. Size matters
There is always the temptation to ‘guess measure’ the size of your room or space when choosing soft furnishings for your home. Especially when an impulse purchase is on the cards. However, we always advise you to measure, measure, measure when it comes to rugs!
The size of your rug will make a huge difference to the impact it has on the floor and the overall look of the room. You don’t want to end up with one that’s too small or too big. A rug that’s too small will create a ‘floating’ effect on the floor, making it appear lost like a piece of driftwood in the ocean. A rug that’s too large will have the opposite effect – swallowing the floor and appearing more like a carpet and covering too much of your lovely carpet or wooden floor.
2. Check the fibre
Similar to when you are choosing the flooring for your home, different materials for rugs and runners are more appropriate for different areas. Factors such as footfall in that area, whether you have children or pets and the likelihood of spillages should all be considered.
Wool rugs are extremely soft underfoot and very durable because of their natural fibres. They are also heat resistant, making them a good choice for spots close to fireplaces or radiators. Jute and Sisal are also great natural fibres for rugs, coming in a variety of stunning weave patterns. Despite being very durable options, Jute or Sisal rugs can be a bit coarser underfoot than wool, making them ideal for entrances, hallways and orangeries.
Manmade fibres such as acrylic, polypropylene and viscose are also popular fibres for rugs. They are generally hardwearing, easy to clean and also come with much cheaper price tags and lots of choice.
3. Shape up
Remember, you are not bound to a rectangular rug. Rugs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and a different shape may suit your space better.
If you are looking for a dining room rug, for example, and have a circular dining table, then you may want a larger circular rug to sit underneath it as a soft landing for your feet as you eat or entertain.
If you have an office space with a desk and chair, then a square rug could fit perfectly underneath them to keep you cosy while you work. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, so embrace the variety on offer and find the perfect rug of your dreams this autumn.
We are always happy to advise you on suggestions for your home. Give us a call or pop into our Harrogate store for a chat and a browse.