FROM UN­DER YOUR FEET

Size, shape and tex­ture all play a big role in mak­ing sure your rug is right for the space, writes Bea Tay­lor.

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When it comes to fin­ish­ing off a room, a rug is a key in­gre­di­ent. An­nie Loveridge, di­rec­tor of The Ivy House, puts it sim­ply: “Rooms look bet­ter with a rug.”

They pos­sess the abil­ity to trans­form a space – and can in­tro­duce a sense of lux­ury, per­son­al­ity, soft­ness or even edge – so rugs are an el­e­ment you want to get right.

PUR­POSE

The first thing to think about is what you want the rug to do for your space, sug­gests Loveridge.

“Do you want it to pro­vide a soft floor­ing area or is it more cos­metic? Do you want it to unify a space or de­fine an area?” she asks. A rug can pull to­gether a mixed se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture or it can be a bold state­ment in a neu­tral fur­nish­ing scheme.

SIZE

“Get out the mea­sur­ing tape,” is Loveridge’s next sug­ges­tion. “Mea­sure your space. Get­ting the size right is key.”

A rug that is too small draws the eye in, makes the space feel smaller and fur­ni­ture feel dis­con­nected. Too big and the space will feel clut­tered and stuffy.

A sim­ple way to get an idea of size is to take four A4 pieces of pa­per and place one in each corner of where you want the rug to go. Your eyes will travel to those four cor­ners and will help to give you a good sense of the size.

“A com­mon so­lu­tion is to have a rug that sits within the fur­ni­ture,” says Loveridge. Ide­ally all fur­ni­ture is touch­ing the rug, for ex­am­ple the legs of a couch should be on the rug. “But don’t place fur­ni­ture on the shorter ends of the rug as it will draw the space back in,” she warns.

SHAPE

Choos­ing the right shaped rug all comes down to the pur­pose of the rug and the room it’s in.

Take a din­ing room – gen­er­ally a rule of thumb in de­sign is that rep­e­ti­tion cre­ates har­mony, says Lil­lian Baker of Fur­tex. If you have a rec­tan­gu­lar din­ing ta­ble, it’s nor­mally a good idea to choose a rec­tan­gu­lar rug.

“Make sure there is room ex­tend­ing be­yond all sides of the ta­ble. When the chairs are pushed back they should still stay on the rug,” she says.

The min­i­mum dis­tance to al­low for this is 75cm on each side, says Loveridge, so the ideal rug size is at least 1.5m larger than the ta­ble in each di­rec­tion.

In a bed­room, any shape goes. “A large rec­tan­gu­lar rug can frame a bed re­ally well, but a cir­cu­lar rug will add a lit­tle bit of fun and some­thing like a cow hide will add some in­ter­est.”

COLOUR AND TEX­TURE

It’s im­por­tant to con­sider the sofa and wall colour as well as the at­mos­phere you want to cre­ate.

If it’s a calm and re­lax­ing look you’re af­ter, Baker sug­gests go­ing for a wool or jute rug in a nat­u­ral colour pal­ette.

Cre­at­ing a play­ful, en­er­gis­ing space? “Pri­mary colours, bold pat­terns or look for lux­u­ri­ously dark and moody jewel tones,” she says.

LAY­ER­ING

Baker says lay­er­ing rugs adds tex­ture and per­son­al­ity. “You can never have too much of ei­ther in your home.” It’s also a great way to fill a space.

“Try con­trast­ing tex­tures and styles – a jewel-toned an­tique patch­work floor rug over a larger tex­tured jute rug for ex­am­ple.”

Lay­er­ing rugs is hard to achieve but looks amaz­ing when done right, says An­nie Loveridge. Achieve this by go­ing with con­trast, in ei­ther shape, tex­ture, colour and size. PHOTO: JANE USSHER Don’t be afraid to go with bold, rich colours on the floor, es­peci

The rug you choose to go un­der your din­ing ta­ble should be larger than the ta­ble so there is enough space for the chairs to stay on it when pulled back.

Keep fur­ni­ture off a large cir­cu­lar rug to high­light the floor and en­hance the feel­ing of space, says An­nie Loveridge. PHOTO: JANE USSHER

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