Choosing a rug for your home is not a decision to be taken lightly. Yes, you can choose any one you like the look of. However, putting a little bit of thought into your choice can have a big impact on the overall aesthetics. There are also a number of practical reasons to consider certain types and style of rug. With this guide you’ll be in a better position to pick a rug that is suitable for the flooring in a room. As well as choosing one that will suit your purposes.
Rugs and Carpets
Carpets provide warmth and insulation. Is there really any need to add a rug? Actually there is, from a decorative point of view. They can add a splash of colour, texture and have the potential to completely transform a room. Even a slightly different shade can have an impact. Patterns, whether bold or elegant, can alter the tone. Choosing a rug to place on a carpeted floor will depend on the pile of the carpet. Ideally, look to add contrast in the way of textures. Thick piles carpets are complemented by flat weave or cut-pile rugs. This type of rug is much thinner and will usually have a simple design. Harmony will be created by choosing a rug that is not too contrasting in colour.
Rugs and Solid Surface Floors
Solid surface floors include materials such as hardwood, laminate and LVP. This type of flooring is just screaming out for the addition of a rug. Believe it or not, there are very few limits in the way of texture and style. One particular type of rug that looks very elegant and luxurious is an animal skin. Hide Rugs have some fantastically stylish examples of cowhide, sheepskin and reindeer furs. Each of which is unique and ethically sourced.
If you want your rug to withstand dampness, choose flat weave polypropylene. This type of material has a much lower absorbancy than natural fibres. They are a great choice for rugs in a bathroom or kitchen as they are resistant to mould and staining. For such areas, a high friction gel or latex backing will reduce the risk of slipping.
Another great choice for laminate flooring in particular, is jute rugs. Underlay, however, will be required. Jute rugs are easy to clean and don’t stain easily.
There are a number of myths concerning the colour of rugs. Here are the facts:
For an intimate feel choose deep rich colours
For an inviting and cosy feel choose warm colours
A calm atmosphere can be created by using cool colours