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Choosing a Rug Part 2 - Placement

Posted on 02 April 2014
The addition of a rug can completely transform the look and feel of a room, it can add warmth, texture and colour, and can divide spaces or bring them together. A large area rug that covers majority of the room (usually over a wooden floor) can make a large room feel very spacious, or two smaller rugs in one large room can divide spaces, such as dining and seating areas.

Firstly it is important to measure up and decide which size is best for you (see our Choosing a Size guide here), if you decide to have an area rug to fill the room it is best to leave approximately a foot of space all the way around the edge to keep the room looking grounded and together. If you can tell us a minimum and maximum size you are looking for it helps us when searching for a rug to match your requirements.

Common sizes for rugs are 4ft x 6ft or 6ft x 9ft. Room-filling area rugs are usually 8ft x 10ft or larger. A small rug can be a key feature of the room and can demand attention; these look great placed in front of a hearth, at a bedside or under a coffee table. If you choose to have two rugs in one room, they should not be too similar or too different, and one should be more dominant. In a small room, a patterned rug can make a room feel larger, light colours make the room feel bigger and darker colours create a cosy, warm feel.

Handmade rugs will never be completely perfect in their design, and this is often what adds to the charm of them. The colours can be very diverse, as can the patterns and motifs within each rug, and it is because of this that it is ideal to select furniture after deciding on a rug. No two hand woven carpets are the same, and it is much more difficult to match a rug to furniture than it is furniture to a rug.

Once you have an idea of the size and colours that you are looking for, we can bring a selection out to you for you to keep for a few days as part of our home approval service. This often helps to see what the rug really looks and feels like within a space, rather than make a decision without seeing it in your home, and in different lighting conditions.


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