As an interesting accent or style statement, a rug can ground the room and tie all your décor together. When choosing the perfect ground cover, there’s lots to consider: size, texture, pile height, material, and design all come into play. There are a few rules of thumb for choosing rugs for different rooms, though. We’ve outlined some below.
Round rugs for the living room
Next to the dining room, the living room is the centre and heart of the home. To emphasize this, round rugs create a pleasant sense of space. A circular shape can encourage relaxation and togetherness, and "round off" (yes, we did) your furnishings perfectly. They’re also a beautiful foundation for floor cushions and poufs, and can help create separate areas in large rooms.
Because foot traffic tends to be concentrated in one place (in front of the sofa), it's a good idea to pick a darker colour if possible, or a mottled design. Wool is good for masking grime, but jute is, too - and very durable to boot.
Area Rugs in the bedroom
Especially when it's a tad chilly, getting up can be difficult. A fluffy woollen area rug can make it that teeny bit easier, which is reason enough for us to get one or five. A rectangular design works well in the bedroom because it takes the form of the bed and makes the room visually composed. We recommend woollen varieties because they’re particularly comfortable underfoot and have a soft, voluminous structure.
Runners in the hallway
Choosing the right material is especially important for the hallway because it’s a high-trafficked zone that’s susceptible to dirt and heavy use (even if you do have a shoes-off household). Designs made of jute or cotton – or, if you must have wool – a wool-cotton blend, are ideal. They’re far less delicate and will withstand footwear.
Rugs for children’s rooms
The expectations of rugs in the nursery are very high. It should be large enough for playing, provide support in case of falls, and offer comfort and warmth. All while looking friendly and cheerful, patterned according to taste. Our suggestion? Best decide with the little people. They know best what suits them. Just make sure it’s made of natural materials and without child labour, in solidarity with little people everywhere.