Everything You Need to Know about Rugs

Everything You Need to Know about Rugs

A rug can change the entire aesthetic of a room, so there’s a lot of pressure to pick the right one. You want it to complement your space but also provide a statement, and it can be tough finding one that offers a flawless balance.

If you are finding the whole rug thing a little overwhelming, we have put together a simple guide to help you purchase and maintain the perfect rug.

How to Choose the Perfect Rug

There are two primary considerations when it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your space: colour and material.


Colour is an essential aspect of any rug as it is likely to be an eye-catching feature of a room. You want the colour to work with the palette of the space and enhance the overall theme. If your room is already quite busy and colourful, choose a plainer rug in a neutral tone or one solid colour. On the other hand, if a space is quite simple, you can use a bright, patterned rug to inject some energy into the room. On the other hand, light colours will help to open up smaller spaces, while dark coloured rugs exude cosy vibes.


A rug needs to be both functional and stylish. Consider the placement of the rug and how durable it needs to be. With a range of materials to choose from, you can be sure to find one that suits your space and requirements. Wool rugs are a popular choice as they are very hardy and can sustain even high-traffic areas. Cotton is also a good material option, as these rugs tend to maintain their shape. For a more luxurious vibe, consider viscose for your rug as it will add some shine to your space.

There are also a couple of environmentally friendly rug options on the market. If you are looking to make a sustainable choice, consider hemp or PET. Hemp rugs are affordable and work particularly well with rooms that have neutral tones. PET rugs are created from recycled plastic and are an excellent alternative for traditional wool rugs.

How to Arrange your Rug

The following four layouts will help you position your rug for optimum style

  • Classic layout

This layout is for rooms with furniture that sits against a wall. Always place the front of the furniture on the rug. For instance, if a sofa or chairs are next to a wall, place only the front legs on the rug.

  • Floating layout

The floating layout is perfect for large rooms. Place a large rug in the middle of the room and then sit all furniture completely on the rug. 

  • Dining layout

If you have a dining setting and are looking for a rug to complement it, find one that fits around your entire table. You want to place the table in the middle and have 60cm of fabric on every side.

  • Bedroom layout

In a bedroom, always place the rug partially under a bed. It should sit about 2/3 of the way under the bed.

How to Care for your Rug

The following tips will help you to care for your rug and maintain its condition.

  • Always clean spills straight away.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Never pull ends that are coming loose, only cut with scissors.
  • Rotate your rug occasionally to avoid colour damage from the sun.
  • Only store in a dry area with proper ventilation.

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