Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

This sit­ting area (right) shows how a rug can add char­ac­ter to a room. The cowhide adds tex­ture, and con­trasts well with the shiny floor, while its nat­u­ral earthy tones let the bright fuch­sia arm­chairs com­fort­ably stand out, creat­ing an invit­ing read­ing or sit­ting space.

SHAPE No two hides are ex­actly the same and their or­ganic shapes mean they can be moved a lit­tle to the right or left, with­out look­ing like they’re not straight.

In a room made up of straight lines, their curves are in­ter­est­ing to look at.

PLACE­MENT Be­ing odd-shaped, a hide doesn’t have to fol­low the same rules as a stan­dard geo­met­ric rug. Hav­ing one leg slightly off to one side, as in this room, doesn’t look out of place but adds in­ter­est and per­son­al­ity.

STYLE I’m a fan of this nat­u­ral prod­uct, which is hard­wear­ing and a great way to add pat­tern and tex­ture to a room. Hides should al­ways be se­lected from a re­spon­si­ble and cer­ti­fied sup­plier.

Nice per­son­al­ity

The type of rug you choose will help de­fine the style of the room. RUG RULE Asym­met­ri­cal shapes don’t need to sit evenly un­der fur­ni­ture.

GREY MAT­TER To­bra pure wool re­versible rug in Grey, 155cm x 225cm, $499, from Car­pet Court. FULL CIR­CLE Rug Cul­ture “Tor­tuga” jute round rug in Pink, 120cm, $89.95, from Zanui.

IN OR OUT Roskilde flat­wo­ven rug in Green-Blue, 200cm x 250cm, $149, from Ikea.

SEE­ING STRIPES Beach Luxe Neu­tral Stripe floor rug, 120cm x 180cm, $25, from Tar­get.

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