How to Style a Rug in your Home.

There are a lot of rug rules out there so trying to work out what type and size goes where can feel a bit of a minefield. There really isn’t a no fail scenario, nobody will ever call the rug police so you can literally go with what feels good but if you need a little help and advice, Abi shares her tried and tested styling tricks for choosing the right rug for your space.

How to Choose a Rug.

Bigger rugs feel more grounding and act as a major focal point in a room. If you're wondering how to place a rug in a living room or you have a large room with furniture floating in the middle either go for one big rug or two rugs so that the furniture fits completely on top. If you want all your conversational pieces on the rug (so sofas, chairs, coffee and occasional tables) just make sure the rug isn’t so big that it touches the sides of the room otherwise it will feel similar to wall to wall carpeting.

If your rugs are smaller, no problemo just layer a few of them together to expand them up. Small rugs on their own in the middle of a room can feel a little too disjointed and sad. Having multiple rugs in one room and layering rugs, you create the illusion of a large rug which balances the room and your eye isn't drawn to the rug for the wrong reasons.

Where to Place the Furniture?

With any furniture against the wall, aim to have the two front legs of the furniture on the rug. In smaller spaces, plop small rugs under a coffee table to define the area.

For dining rooms aim to have all dining chairs and tables on or float rugs behind the chairs.

Where to Use a Runner

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I use runners anywhere and everywhere, they're so versatile, you can fill in empty spaces with runners off centre, add in interesting shapes it’s so up to you.

For hallways runners are always a good option with exposed bare floors either side.

In bedrooms runners are a fabulous alternative to use on either side of the bed or at the foot of the bed, or alternatively float the whole bed on the rug.

In kitchens runners look beautiful flanking islands and sink units.

Go super shaggy and textural, or go for patterned.  Texture and pattern are like a herb or spice, adding instant pizazz and elevating rooms to a whole new level. I tend to avoid using rugs that are solid blocks of colour as they can zap the energy from the room. if you have a rug that is a solid block of colour, I would always advise layering with a patterned number to break it up and soften the lines.

Using Rugs to add Pattern and Texture

Go super shaggy and textural, or go for patterned.  Texture and pattern are like a herb or spice, adding instant pizazz and elevating rooms to a whole new level. I tend to avoid using rugs that are solid blocks of colour as they can zap the energy from the room. if you have a rug that is a solid block of colour, I would always advise layering with a patterned number to break it up and soften the lines.

Different Styles of Rugs.

The Kollam is part of our super shaggy collection. Hand knotted with muted tones. I have them all over my pad. Their amazing texture adds a luxurious touch.

Black and White is a classic combo and works with almost every colour and decor style. The Catania is part of a collection of four monochrome cotton rugs.

The Alwar Runner is so versatile. made from hardwearing jute means that it will withstand a lot of foot traffic. Great for hallways.

The Zafra Rug with it's traditional style pattern and mid size dimensions means you can just pop it anywhere and everywhere. Great for layering over a larger less patterned rug.

Things to Keep in Mind.

Rugs are an essential key design piece in every home. They have the ability to add warmth, texture, grandeur and a homely vibe to your space. They can tie spaces together or zone specific areas and add colour and pattern. There are no hard and fast rules about choosing rugs, but just make sure you choose wisely and if budget won't allow for that huge Persian, be savvy with smaller cheaper alternatives and embrace layering. It may take a little tweaking but if you follow my tried and tested tips, you'll nail your vibe!

Our favourite rugs at the moment.

Pune Rug

Sidney Runner

Colebrook Rug

Athena Jute Rug