When you’re choosing a rug for any room in your home there are plenty of do’s and don’ts to keep you busy! To save time and money, you want to get the perfect rug first time. In order to help with your decision we’ve put together this quick cheat sheet on what to AVOID when choosing your new rug:
1. Choosing a rug that isn’t big enough
A rug which is too small will make a room look smaller. Rugs work well to set boundaries and ground your furniture. In a living room, your rug will work to mark out a conversation area. Try to make sure it’s large enough so at least the front legs of the furniture are on it.
2. Being afraid of layering
The main reason people choose to have a tiny rug is because of price. Smaller rug = smaller price. Get round this with a bit of clever layering! Why not try buying a neutral jute rug and place a fun patterned rug over it. The jute rug will create the space that your rug needs to fill and this will leave you with more budget and sizing options for the top layer rug.
3. Leaving your wall-to-wall carpeting bare.
A rug on wall-to-wall carpet can have just as much benefit as a rug straight onto floor. You will still create boundaries in a room as well as having fun with designs!
4. Leaving your rug until last
If you're decorating your room from scratch, choose the rug first. It's the big, dramatic piece that ties a room together, and if you wait until you've placed the final throw pillow, you could search for months before the perfect rug come around. Although, if you don’t have the luxury of starting from scratch and you are choosing your rug last - you could go with something neutral to tide you over until the perfect rug appears.
5. Avoiding pattern.
Some contrast is necessary to create a happy space. If you’ve got one colour across your walls, curtains, furniture and rug that you’ll be left with a very bland 2 dimensional space. Putting in pops of colour will allow you to have a lot more fun and leave your room feeling much less sterile.
6. Forgetting about underlay.
If you’re choosing a new rug for a wooden, laminate or tile floor then you will not want to forget the underlay! It prevents slipping and sliding and keeps your rug safely in place whilst stopping anyone falling over it.