First Things First— Things to Consider
The Look and Feel
The Size and Shape
What is the
Right Size for Me?
The doormat outside might say ‘Welcome’, but when it comes to making a friendly first impression, a rug sets a fine example upon entry. A bold pattern, bright colours, and a whole range of materials are worth considering when you’re looking to make an impact as soon as you open the door. A flat-woven dhurrie rug is practical and chic, while a wool kilim design is warm—perfect for the draught from an often-used front door. Be careful, though, to make sure your new rug leaves enough space around each side to allow for a glimpse of the floor beneath. These “borders” will make a narrow space seem wider, and allow the runner to lead the way, without being all-consuming. Long and narrow is the way to go. Too wide, and you’ll make your hallway look narrower; too short, and your space will look a little lost and incomplete, rather than allowing the eye (and guests’ feet) to wander further.
From the hallway, you’re not just leading people farther through, but up the stairs, too. Whether you’re echoing the space downstairs, or your stairs lead up to a squarer set-up, a small rug or runner balances your walkway spaces. If you’re working with a narrow space once more, then try to not to leave less than eight inches from the edge of the rug to the wall. Working with a wide space allows you to play with shapes: cowhide looks fab worked against a gallery wall, while a square Dhurrie rug can lend a focal point in the midst of doors leading off to the bedrooms and bathroom. A timeless Kilim pattern can add a little understated glamour before you descend those stairs.
The Box Room / Guest Room
Even in a small guest bedroom, an accent rug lends a welcoming touch and offers a little extra polish to open space. If you’re working with twin beds but want to create clean lines, then a single rug placed in the middle of the room will help keep a small space open. If you’ve got the space to place your bed in the center of the room, then a runner either side adds a little symmetry, and ensures that, no matter which side of the bed your guest swings their legs out off, they’ll have soft, cozy landing. Even when your room is carpeted, a little extra texture can go a long way. In a small space, pick out a key color, or let your rug take the lead and keep other details calm and simple.
Yes, your outdoor space deserves to be just as comfy as the rest of your home, and these days it’s easy to find a rug that’s as stylish as it is practical to outside living. Play with fun tropical patterns, bold floral designs, or even animal print to inject a little fun into al-fresco eating. Jute and seagrass are great, hardy options (ideal for shaking out food crumbs!), as is clever polypropylene, which is stain resistant and not susceptible to fading or mildew when exposed to the elements, yet still looks as chic, and feels good underfoot. Paired with festoon lights, potted plants and beanbag seating, a classic rectangular rug will keep things feeling cozy long after the sun dips. Play up walkways with circular rugs as “stepping stones”, or layer up a larger, neutral rug with a slightly smaller rug on top to create clear dining and seating levels.
The Home Office
The Nursery / Children’s Room
The Dining Room
The Living Room
The Master Bedroom
A quality rug can be an inexpensive way to overhaul a room’s style and breathe new life the layout and feel, and whether you go big or small, modern or traditional, Wovenly gives you the red carpet treatment with endless choice, affordable prices and free shipping.