Tips for Finding the Ideal Rug

Louis De Poortere Rug MadMen YellowThis is something I’m asked often when it comes to interior design. How do you choose the right rug for your home ?

Well, there are several things to think about while you’re going through the process. I had to consider this recently when I was working out the size and style of rug needed for our own living room. It is definitely worth spending some time deciding because it can change the overall look dramatically.

I seriously had my eye on our ultimate choice for a while but I will talk about that a little later. In the mean time here are some tips that might be useful if you’re thinking of making a purchase in the near future.

Chevron Rug Grey Yellow Living Room

The size.

If you have the option I would would say choose as large as you can. One way of working out whether this will look right is by using a little bit of tape ( I used washi as it peels off the floor easily ) and mark out each corner of where the rug will be and then move your furniture around to make sure it will position well. In a living room either position all four legs of your sofas / chairs  – or you can sit just the front legs of some of your sofas on it especially if you needing to utilise space. Where the chairs are moving in and out, say a kitchen or desk area though, you’d want to make sure all four legs are on it to avoid the rug getting caught.

Ensure you leave a gap of at least 10cm between the rug and walls.

If you are going smaller then maybe go for a feature rug in the centre which you can place a coffee table, but best to not try putting any of your other furniture on it, better they are positioned around it.

Go with the shape of the room. For instance, a square room will ideally suit a square rug and so on.

Our Louis De Poortere rug has an anti slip latex backing already which was a total dream but worth checking whether you’ll need to also invest in some to avoid it slipping around the room.

Rug chair contrast patterns yellow tea living room Louis De Poortere Rug Yellow Grey

The Colours.

This will very much depend on the mood you are looking for. Talking of moods, it’s a good idea to make up a board on say, Pinterest or photoshop or something like that to help define the overall look with differing rug choices.

If you already have your furniture and it’s colourful and patterned already then possibly a more neutral shade or contrast it and find something that has elements of a colour you are already using with a more subtle pattern. If your sofas are a block colour then you could still go for a strong pattern.

But starting from scratch ( what a nice situation to be in … ) and you could go for a really bold feature rug and let it define the rest of the room.

Just make sure it’s going to still look fabulous in a few years time so if you have a heavy traffic room then consider the colour carefully.

The Textures.

There are so many options these days. It’s best to take in to consideration again how busy the room will be. You’ll want something durable and not easy to trip up on. So a flat rug would be suitable. Think about how much the rug will need cleaning. A quieter area though will mean you can go for a more delicate texture if you’d rather.

Textures really can set the tone so layering is a really fun way to complete the room. If you already have a velvet sofa then play around with rug ideas that will contrast and add character and give an overall richer feel.

Louis De Poortere Rug Cotton Living Room

I have been lucky to be working with Carpet manufacturers Louis De Poortere on this who have been in business since 1929. I went for the 85 % cotton rug in ‘ Central Yellow ‘ colour way. They also make border runners and bespoke rugs. All made in Belgium where they are based; constantly adding to their ranges, making for a real versatile set of collections.Grey Yellow Rug Living Room Cosy Guide Choosing the right size

As I mentioned earlier, I have loved this rug for a while and had it on my wish list, in fact really like the whole ‘ Jacob’s Creek, Mad Men ‘ range that was brought out earlier this year. The warm goldy yellows and gentle greys are perfect for the teals already here and compliment the armchair. What I especially enjoy is the way it works on our wooden floors – the faded design blends so well.  It’s just the right depth and the hand finished quality is very apparent. It does come in other colours and sizes. I can recommend for sure.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Louis De Poortere, all opinions are my own as always.

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