Home Design Perth: As Snug as a Bug in a Rug
- Published on 22 August 2012
While hard wood floors and tiles look sleek and modern, there is nothing quite like the warmth and comfort of a luxurious rug.
Used correctly a rug can dramatically change the look and feel of a room.
The rules of choosing a good rug are largely based on the principles of proportion, colour, texture and a little bit of style.
Size matters. A rug that is too big or too small can completely throw off the proportions of a room. You must choose to either accommodate all of your furniture on a rug or none of it.
In a living room place all of your furniture on top of a large rug or if you prefer a more traditional/formal look opt for a smaller rug and arrange your furniture along the periphery.
In a dining room, both the table and chairs should remain comfortably in the boundaries of the rug, even when the chairs are pulled away from the table. This works nicely in open plan living spaces, where a rug can be used to define zones, differentiating the dining from the living area or vice versa.
Hallway runners need to show some floor on all sides.
Natural materials such as wool are preferred over synthetic especially in high traffic areas. Wool is more resilient and durable, it responds better to dyes so the colour won’t fade as fast and is naturally more resistant to water, fire and stains. However technological advances have boosted the quality of synthetic blends promising excellent durability and they come in a great range of styles.
A textured rug is a great way to add interest and pizazz to a room without going over board with colour or patterns. There has been a move towards shaggier, chunkier rugs that create a more casual, relaxed look.
When choosing the colour of your rug, a good rule of thumb is in a room full of colours opt for a neutral colour and in a very neutral room select a bright coloured rug.
In high traffic areas colourful, busy patterned rugs are a great choice because they will be slower to show the wear and tear.
Darker coloured rugs will give a room a warm and cozy feel while bold, bright colours have a more playful effect.
If you are working with a small space, light or soft tones will make the room feel more spacious. If you are adding a colourful rug to a scheme, make sure it balances with all the other elements in the room including fabric, paint and furniture.
Whatever you choose, one of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room is to add a rug, it can add a splash of much need colour, define an area and set the mood for the whole house.