Looking for a rug to warm your home? We’re talking what shape rug works best where as well as tips for getting the size, style and material right…
From L to R: Rug Culture Casa Frutti Round Jute Rug, Wist Wool Rug, and Tortuga Round Jute Rug in blue, available online at Zanui.
Autumn is here and winter is loitering in the wings. He’s stretching his hammies, just itching to take centre-stage. So like all good squirrels, we’re nipping about, warming our dens in preparation for his impending shadow.
We’re stockpiling all things textured for a toasty winter experience. But this year we’re working from our tootsies up. In addition to cosy cushions and woolly throws, we’re giving our floors the plush treatment. That’s right! We’re adding lavish layers underfoot. Snug as a bug in rug, as the saying goes.
Rugs inject instant style, warmth and colour into your space as well as assisting in defining open-plan areas. But what shape of rug is right for you? We’re opening the sesame to reveal the answer.
SQUARE + RECTANGULAR RUGS
Word on the street is that you should choose the shape of your rug to match the shape of your room. Square with square, rectangular with rectangular and so on… This creates an ordered ambience.
Square or rectangular rugs add cosy texture to your interiors. The trend right now is for oversized. But how big is too big? The jury is out. But here are a few pointers to help you decide which look will work best in your aesthetic.
If you’re blessed with a willing wallet (let’s face it large rugs mean spending more pennies from your piggy bank), opt for a rug large enough to slide under the legs of all of your furniture. How big is too big? It depends on the size and function of your room.
If you’re considering an area rug for your lounge room, this means it would slide under the feet of your sofa/s, armchair/s, coffee and side tables. If your living room is spacious, opt for keeping a 45cm border of unrugged-up flooring on-show.
If you’re looking at a rug for your dining nook, measure up your dining table and add 120cm to both the length and width (giving you 60cm extra on all sides). According to the rug lords, this will allow your guests to push back their chairs without catching them on your rug.
These are obviously just a guideline for you. Rules – broken – see above. We recommend drawing up a floorplan or, better yet, creating newspaper models of a few different sizes – test before you invest.
Round rugs are on-trend right now – especially those fashioned from jute or sisal and other organic textures… These natural weaves introduce a rustic earthiness and rich character to your décor. They look at home in Scandinavian, contemporary, coastal interiors and more.
Opt for bold colours for a hit of drama in your interiors.
Round rugs soften the angles in your room. Pair them with your round dining table or round coffee table for sophisticated modern style. This organic shape introduces balance into more masculine aesthetics. Break up your minimalist look with its soft curves.
Overlapping rugs can still look chic. Images sourced: tonischeferdesign.com.
Display them in isolation or in a layered aesthetic with other rugs. The layered look works well with a base neutral-coloured rug – this can be rectangular or square in shape to suit your room.
Or, bring together a series of circular rugs for a dramatic layered look. Work in contrasting colours or graduated hues, from earthy neutrals through to jewel tones.
ANIMAL HIDE + CUT-OUT SHAPES
Animal hide rugs introduce unique lines to your floorscape. Svelte yet rugged, they work well as the hero or in the company of other rugs.
We love the combination of textured jute or sisal with these unique hide pieces. This fusion plays up the contrast between the natural textures and their diverse patinas for greater visual interest.
If you prefer a more streamlined sleek style, opt for a hide rug that’s been woven into a rectangular or square shape over a much larger jute or sisal area rug.
Cut-out rugs also introduce character to your home. They’re great for smaller rooms – leaving the floorboards visible enhances the appearance of space.
A COUPLE OF FINAL THINGS!
So you’ve found the rug you truly adore. Here are a few final considerations to ensure you’ve met your perfect match. Ask yourself:
Does this rug match your lifestyle?
If you’re housing a multitude of mini-yous chez vous, a white or a pale-coloured rug is probably not your new BFF – especially not in your dining room. Most indoor/outdoor rugs on the other hand can be scrubbed clean. (What’s not to love?)
Prefer something softer and more snuggly underfoot? Cotton and wool rugs are easier to maintain – they don’t require as much external cleaning.
Does this rug suit its environs?
So you’re looking for a throw rug to cover those hideous tiles in your rental bathroom and you love that rustic look? Jute or sisal rugs don’t deal well with water… Not a match. Indoor/outdoor rugs are an easy win (again) here. Or cotton throw rugs that you can throw in the washing machine.
Again, shag pile rugs are mighty chic in your bedroom and living areas, but they are super-hungry for crumbs so not so great in your dining room. Flatweave or short pile rugs work well in these spots.
A heat-set polypropylene rug is good for high traffic areas, whilst an acrylic rug has a tendency to shed so is better suited to not-so-heavy traffic zones.
Does this rug suit your existing aesthetic?
If this rug is your priority and you’re building your palette around it, ignore this bit. You can pick up some of its colours in your wall art, vases, and choose console and coffee tables to complement its look.
If you’re adding it into a chic minimalist space decked out in monochrome, a burnt orange shag pile is going to be a little more effort when you’re creating a cohesive look. Think about how you can thread complimentary accents throughout your décor to support it.
Don’t let the tail wag the dog, if you know what we’re saying…
Ask yourself how long you want this rug to last?
If your taste sways with the seasons and your ship has come in, throw caution to the wind – the world limits you enough, without you limiting yourself. However, if you’re living a life more ordinary, a little forethought can save you a lot of heartache (and some coins). You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable modern rugs, from vibrant to understated and sophisticated in style.
A hand-knotted woollen rugs are a more long-term investment – their superior quality comes with a higher price tag. Similarly Persian rugs add vibrant colour and a sense of narrative to your home. They are made by artisans in Pakistan, Iran and the Balkans… And they come with a similar price point.
And lastly, how important is its feel underfoot?