As the weather turns cooler, thoughts turn towards spending time indoors, snuggling up to keep warm by the fire or under a toasty blanket on the sofa. If your home is lacking warmth, create an instant cosy feeling with a new rug.
Rugs can give your home an instant makeover and offer a multitude of functions, both practical and aesthetic. They provide cosiness and comfort underfoot whilst offering visual appeal.
When choosing a rug pick a colour and style that you like and that coordinates well with your existing furniture.
Rugs are very visible in a room and so you need to be able to live with it and like it every day.
Here are our top tips for choosing a rug:
Weave – if you like a handcrafted, homely look, then opt for a rug with a natural weave. Look for basket weave, loop pile, cut pile, wilton weave, hand-hooked or tufted rugs for an earthy look that will add character to your home and will co-ordinate well with timber furniture and natural materials.
Fabric – the fabric will affect the look and feel of your rug. If you love rustic style, then opt for natural fabrics such as jute or wool. Some contemporary styled rugs are made with polyester yarn, which feels soft and sumptuous underfoot and is easy to clean.
Texture – the texture of your rug also depends upon fabric and weave. If you want to create a cosy space in your lounge-room that you and your family can lie around in and watch TV, read or chat, then go for a deep pile shaggy rug. A thick wool pile is also another option for creating a snuggly feel.
Pattern and Colour – from traditional to modern, to bright stripes, wild geometric shapes and funky patterns, there is a huge variety of rug designs to choose from. You are only limited by your imagination and what suits your room. If you have modern furniture, then have some fun with pattern and colour. If your lounge-room style is sleek and contemporary, then you can’t go past black and white for an on-trend monochrome look. If country style is more your thing, then go for a classic pattern in neutrals or rich reds and earth tones.
Rugs really are like artwork for your floor and can create an instant eye-catching new look, giving your home a quick and easy makeover without investing in a complete furniture overhaul. Have fun and rotate your rugs to suit the season or even your mood!