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FINDING THE PERFECT RUG

A rug is the best way to improve your interiors, floors and transform a room. A good rug pulls together the room’s design. But a good rug is dependent on so many factors such as the room, size and overall theme to be created in the room. So here’s a guideline to picking a perfect rug

  1. THE ROOM AREA

Different rugs suit different areas. For example, hallways and kitchens tend to have much more footfall than that of a bedroom or living room, therefore, it is best to choose a rug that is hardwearing and easy to clean. A slightly darker shade or patterned rug will make a good choice as they are less likely to show footprints in between cleaning.

2. SIZE

Measure, measure and measure again, definitely don’t guess. Measure your space and decide from there what dimensions will fit best. There are a few rules that you can apply to choose the correct size rug for your room:

• Avoid “the floating rug” look in which you have a small rug in the middle of the room touching no furniture. A good purpose for your rug as well as adding color or pattern is to create an area that brings all of your furniture together, meaning you should try to get a bigger size so that it is touching or goes under furniture.

• If you are not sure what size will look best in your room you could try piecing together paper/newspaper and cover the floor space you imagine your rug will cover, this will give you an idea of the size and if you will need to go bigger or smaller. Remember, the larger the rug, the more dominating the color/pattern will be in the room.

3. SHAPE

You are not bound to a standard rectangular rug. A different shaped rug may suit your space better, for example, if you have a circular dining table you may want a larger circular rug to sit underneath the table and chairs. Consider the use of your rug and its surroundings – do you want it to make a statement? A rug is a good way to add a pop of color to a room. A patterned rug can add personality to a room without it being too bold.

4. FIBER

Different materials are appropriate for different areas in the home and variants such as the amount of time you have for maintenance, and whether you have children or pets, are all things to be considered.

• Acrylic

Hard-wearing and easy to clean, acrylic can be tufted and woven to replicate wool. It is usually a cheaper alternative to wool with the benefit of less shedding (fluff) and easier maintenance.

• Polypropylene

A synthetic fiber that is hardwearing, easy to maintain and good for high traffic areas. It can be made in flat weave or shaggy designs where developed fibers can now be made to feel very soft.

• Viscose

A less durable fiber usually used to add a luxe/sheen finish to the overall look of the rug. Usually blended with wool for a high-quality result but not recommended for high traffic areas as it tends to be more delicate.

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