RIGHT RUGS CAN ROUND OUT A ROOM A SMALL DETAIL HAS BIG IMPACT
A RUG may seem like a small detail for a room but it is an important one, stylist Emma Blomfield of online homeware retailer TheHome .com.au says.
She says a rug is a piece of underfoot elegance which can either make or break the look and feel of a room.
“A good rug zones the room by giving your eye somewhere to rest when looking at the space as a whole. An ill-fitting rug can have very negative effects on your space, making it actually appear smaller than it is,” Blomfield says.
So how do you choose the perfect rug for your space? Blomfield lists her golden rules. SIZE UP: The most common mistake people make when buying a rug is choosing one which is too small. When buying a rug for your living room, Blomfield says to use your sofa as a guide.
“Measure your largest sofa and add 20-30cm either side of the sofa to figure out how wide your rug needs to be,” she says. “From there you can arrange your furniture around the rug to suit the space.
“Ideally, you want the front feet of your seated furniture on top of the rug.”
To create perfect balance in your bedroom, she recommends ensuring three-quarters of your bed makes it on to your rug and the rug protrudes from the bottom of the bed for visual balance
“You want to hop out of bed onto a soft surface, not the awkward edge of a rug or onto floorboards, especially in winter. A good guide for queen beds is opting for 200x300cm or larger for ideal placement under your bed,” she says. BE BOLD: Blomfield recommends using your rug as a way of injecting some colour into a room. “Even just a subtle colour introduction or picking up some colours from your scatter cushions or art is a good way to pick out your rug colours,” she says.
If the rug is in a high-traffic area such as a loungeroom or hallway, Blomfield says to avoid a design which contains too much white or light colours as it will show dirty footprints in no time.
Consider the colours you use under a dining table – dropped food on a cream rug is never a good look. PAIR WITH ACCENTS: “The rug colour should pair with the rest of the accents in a room. If you have mauves, blues and mustard yellows in your rug then choose decorative pieces in these colours also,” she says.
Roll out the rugs … a rug is one of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room yet it is an item that you should consider first, stylist Emma Blomfield of TheHome.com.au says.