A rug is a simple way to update your floors and interiors and transform a room.

However, choosing the right rug for a space can be somewhat intimidating, and it is easy to get wrong. This week Leila is here to give you tips on how to choose the perfect rug for any room in your house. Before choosing your perfect rug, there are many options you need to consider:

1) The Room

Depending on the room, there are different rugs that suit different areas. For example, if you were looking to a buy a rug for your kitchen or your hallway, it would be a smart decision to choose a rug that is durable and easy to clean. Another tip for buying a rug for a kitchen or hallway is opting for a darker shade, as they disguise dirt a lot more. For a bedroom or a living room, there is more flexibility as you don’t need to worry too much about maintaining them as much; you can choose a rug that fits perfectly with the scheme and style of the space.

2) Size

When it comes to choosing the size of your rug, is it important that you measure your space, and decide from there what dimensions will fit best. When it comes to the furniture that exists in the same space, considering how best to display them is key; either around or on the rug. If your space is considerably large, try and avoid the ‘floating rug’ look, which is when you have a small rug in the middle of the room, not touching any furniture. To bring all of your furniture together, it is a good idea to try and get a bigger size rug so that all your furniture can sit on top of it.

3) Shape

Although rectangular rugs are the most popular, there are in fact different shaped rugs that may suit your space better. Some of you may have circular dining tables, so in this case, opting for a large circular rug to sit underneath the table and chairs may be a wise choice. Rectangular rugs are great as they fit into pretty much any interior space. You can have large ones, or small ones, and there are so many colours and patterns to choose from that you are bound to find one that will fit your interior space perfectly.

4) Colour and Pattern

Deciding whether to go with a bold, statement rug, or something a bit more subtle comes down to personal preference. You also need to think about your overall design vision and consider the use of your rug and its surroundings. Introducing a rug into a room is a great way to add a pop of colour, so you could opt for something striking that really makes a statement. On the other hand, you could choose a more understated rug, possibly paler in colour or with less of a bold pattern, that simply just adds another dimension/layer to your space. The options are endless.

5) Material

Choosing a rug texture is just as important as the pattern, shape or size. Different materials are appropriate for different rooms in a home, and depending on the amount of time you have for maintenance, and whether you have children or pets, these are things you should consider. If the area is likely to have people walking through a lot with dirty shoes, choosing a natural or handwoven rug is best, as they are durable and don’t quire a lot of maintenance. Wool or cotton rugs offer a variety of colours and patterns. They are also flexible enough for any room in your home, as you are bound to find one that suits your interior style.

Leila x