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How to Find Your Perfect Rug Style

Rugs are wonderfully versatile and are a great way to add extra style, colour, texture and pattern to your home, not to mention warmth and additional insulation. Whether you’re yet to invest in a rug for your home, or you’re switching up your space with a new interior style, it’s worth considering all of the options to find the design that will work best for you. 

As with the rest of the elements of your interior design there are lots of options available to you when choosing your rug. We've written this quick cheat sheet on how to spot the best rug styles to help you to choose the perfect rug for your space. With this in mind, read on to discover how to find your perfect rug style…

The Benefits of Introducing a Rug to Your Home…

There are plenty of reasons to introduce an area rug to your space. You can use clever styles and sizing to anchor the aesthetics of your room. They are also very practical and can help with noise insulation, keep a room warm and make the area more inviting. 

Rugs work well in a number of homes and interior styles, and the best thing is there are so many styles to choose from. For some, introducing a rug might be all about practicalities, whereas for others, it’s all about the look. 

From a practical point of view, a rug can add an extra layer of insulation, both when it comes to heat and noise levels. Rugs work especially well on hardwood floors to keep the heat in, and dampen any noise from downstairs. Rugs are also great if you have small children at home, offering a lovely soft surface for little feet, and a non-slip area too, if you choose a rug with a non-slip back, or choose to fix your rug to the floor. 

When it comes to design, the opportunities are endless. Rugs are brilliant if you want to soften a space, especially when it comes to tiles and hardwood floors. Adding a rug can create a cosy feel, and stop rooms looking too stark and open. 

Rugs also offer a brilliant way to introduce texture, colour or pattern to your space, and can really transform the look and feel of your home. A large rug in a bold colour, or graphic pattern can be the focal point in a room that’s otherwise neutral or simple, while a rug in a dark shade in a light room can really ground the space. On the other hand, a rug can be the perfect complementary addition, and doesn’t need to stand out in the scheme, rather simply elevate the room and add that all important finishing touch. 

Introducing a rug can completely change the character of a room. To help you decide what style rug is right for you and your home, here are some of the main type of designs to consider…

Top Rug Styles…

  1. Contemporary - Perfect for if the rest of your room uses minimal style and clean lines. If you want to make a modern style statement with your new rug, look out for geometric patterns and streamlined design elements. If pattern isn’t your thing, a large simple rug might be the right way to go. A modern rug in a bold colour will make a real statement, or choose something muted to add that cosy feel. If you want to add texture and interest, but want to go for something with a bit more going on than a plain design, try a rug that has a natural/organic feel to it, with varying tones but without an obvious pattern. 

  2. Traditional – The ideal style for an older, more classically finished space. If you’re looking to add an area rug to your home then keep an eye open for a rug with a timeless pattern and palette. Softer, nature inspired designs usually have the feel of a traditional rug regardless of their age. Vintage style designs such as Persian rugs work well in both traditional and modern homes. When you introduce a Persian-style rug to a contemporary space, it adds a laid-back edge as seen in boho inspired schemes and Scandi-style homes. 

  3. Novelty – If you want to add a real element of fun to your space you could try adding a novelty rug. These rugs break with convention in their shape, pattern, material, and size. Novelty rugs don’t have to be loud, or out of place in your design. Think about interesting colours, unusual textures and fun shapes. Novelty rugs work well in children’s rooms and playrooms too. 

  4. Shaggy – Shaggy rugs are a great way to add texture and interest to your space, while avoiding patterns. This style often looks quite luxurious, but can also be subtle and stylish. Look for the warmth and indulgence of the thicker shag pile when selecting your rug to add a super cosy feel to your space. If you want to go for something natural, why not go for a genuine sheepskin rug made from 100% pure wool. 

  5. Transitional – Of course, your space doesn't have to be one or the other with modern or traditional. If your home is a combination of the two then a transitional rug could be perfect. Inspired by classic rug detailing, transitional pieces incorporate de-constructed yet traditional elements for a look that can be made more traditional, or more modern. This is a great in between if you’re torn between styles, or if, for example, you live in a period property with a modern interior. 

Now that you know your rug style, why not browse our collections? We have thousands of designs to choose from, all of which are high quality, beautiful and unique, ideal for the style conscious homeowner.

  • Posted On: 14 November 2023

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