No room is complete without a little texture, colour, and pattern underfoot, but choosing the right size rug is just as important as selecting a design style or colour palette. Whether rectangle, round or runner; the perfect size and shape is important for good design balance.
The size and shape of a rug can help define sitting, dining or accent areas of a space by emphasizing groupings of furniture. Area floor rugs can be used to define space in a room.
Smaller rugs can be used on their own, or layered together to create a warm and homely environment. The main rule for all spaces where you are considering placing a rug, is that the size of the rug doesn’t overpower the space but still provides comfort and practicality.
The Living Room
Don’t be afraid to choose a larger sized rug for your space. For a grander statement in larger areas; choose a 280 x 190 cm, 320 x 230 cm or 400 x 300 cm rug.
Make sure your rug will accommodate all four legs of your coffee table. You may want to choose a rug large enough to accommodate all the key furniture pieces in your room, or simply the front legs of your furniture grouping.
If the rug is to be the focal point, a large design element should be used to draw the eye down toward the space. If a piece of furniture or an architectural feature is to be the primary focus of the room, an all-over or repeating pattern should be considered.
A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 1m – 1.5m larger in length and width to the dining room table. You should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table without the chair legs falling off the edge of the rug. Placing a rug under the dining table defines the dining area without confining it. If spills are a consideration, choose materials that are spill or stain resistant such as Heat Set Polypropylene for carefree dining.
Choosing a rug large enough to accommodate the rooms furniture, with a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all sides of the bed can create a sense of grand splendour. You can also choose a smaller rug to add an accent to your bedroom – large rugs will create a sense of space, while smaller sizes will create a cosy sensation and can make your setting appear smaller as well.
In most average sized rooms, the bed will cover the majority of the rug, so you may want to choose smaller rugs to be placed around or at the front of the bed instead. Outdoors
Rugs have the ability to personalise and add comfort to any outdoor setting and are becoming increasingly popular.
All our outdoor rugs are waterproof, UV stabilised, washable and won’t fade or warp under the harsh Australian sun. Many outdoor rugs are beautiful enough to be used indoors, especially in areas where spills are a concern such as kitchen, dining and bathroom areas.
Choose a rug large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller areas, a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom and side to side. You may want a rug large enough to accommodate all your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.
Rugs, cowhides, sheepskins, cushions and ottomans can be used to complement your existing décor or as the foundation from which to draw inspiration for the entire room. You may choose one piece as the centre point of your home, or use rugs of different styles and materials throughout to create a flow of movement from one area to the next.
Area floor rugs can be used to define space in a room. Large rugs are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting for creating moveable living spaces that are easy to update, especially in open plan living. Most popular in living rooms and bedrooms, this size can be used as a statement piece or neutral base to create a décor island while maintaining a sense of openness and space.
Smaller rugs can be used on their own as an accent piece in space conscious settings, or you can layer multiple rugs together to create a warm and homely environment. We recommend achieving the layered look with rugs of a similar palette, with varying textures and materials to create interest and appeal. This works especially well when incorporating non-traditional floor coverings such as cowhides and sheepskins.Style Trends
Generally, most rugs will fall into the following styles: traditional, transitional, modern or contemporary.
Traditional rugs are faithful reproductions of genuine hand knotted pieces. They are perfect for a classic setting, or you can use them to add old-world charm to modern décor. We also have the real thing – contact us for a Handmade Catalogue!
Transitional rugs will work in both classic and modern settings, and often feature unique finishes like a vintage wash look to recreate the style of a hand knotted piece at an affordable price. They will usually feature a colour palette that aligns with today’s fashion trends.
Modern rugs are a broad category, from delicate neutrals to bright geometric patterns. This style features every size, texture and material you can think of! You can style a modern rug with décor of a similar style.
Contemporary rugs are ultra-modern, with bold patterns and modern production techniques creating a stylish product that is best suited for fashion forward customers looking for a statement piece. A block colour rug can also be considered a contemporary style, when the materials create interest by incorporating modern fibres such as art-silk to create subtle variations for a minimalist look.Rug Care Tips Rotate your rug every six months to reduce uneven wear and tear Use a rug pad to extend the life of your rug, prevent sliding and to protect your floors Have your rugs professionally cleaned every three to six years, depending on the level of use Vacuuming Lightly vacuum once or twice a week. Use the hard floor attachment and the lightest possible setting Avoid powerful vacuums that may pull fibres loose from the base of the rug Vacuum the base of your rug occasionally, as dirt can accumulate here as well Spill and Stains Blot spills with a paper towel or colourless cloth, and do not wipe or scrub When spills may cause a stain, you can immediately apply a small amount of mild soap and warm water Blot excess liquid with paper towel or colourless cloth, removing as much soap as possible as residue can act as a magnet for dirt Make sure you choose a very mild soap free from any bleach or hydrogen peroxide In most cases, warm water and a small amount of soap will take care of spills if attended to quickly For further cleaning tips, please contact your rug cleaning professional Easy Care Options Non-shed (less vacuuming): microfibre, polypropylene Low shed (less vacuuming): short pile acrylic, vintage wool Spill and stain resistant (less cleaning): polypropylene, acrylic Dirt resistant (easy to clean): sisal
Texture is the secret element that every interior decorator knows will have your home looking its best.
Using a variety of surfaces and adding layers of texture in every room is the key to to creating a beautifully warm and comfortable home. When a room lacks layers of variation in texture, it can feel cold, sterile and one dimensional even if your home is filled with the latest, uber cool or most expensive accessories.
Are you ready for a few pointers on adding texture to your home?
This always gorgeous and quirky stationery and accessory collection by Kate Spade New York, brings a hint of whimsy and style to the everyday. Each piece in the collection is that little bit extra special with bold and colourful designs in the quintessential Kate Spade spirit.
With notepads and journals in a range of sizes and designs, gold foiled sticky notes; large gold-bow paper clips; cream-coloured pencils each inscribed with a cheeky phrase, and a stunning Pencil Pouch with zipper in the shape of a gold spade.
So go on…. pretty up your desk with a few of Kate’s (and our) favourite things!Surprise your mum this Mother’s Day with a gift from the Kate Spade Collection.
Known by a few names – dip dye, colour blocking, paint dipped – this trend has been going strong in the UK for a while. I think it looks fabulous on wooden furniture and wooden kitchen accessories such as wood serving planks, wooden spoons, wood bowls and so on. I love the clean lines of this look – it inspires to me to want to rip up the carpet in my house, lay down some wood, paint it white and then dip dye my furniture!
With the glorious autumn weather finally here and those scorching hot summer days behind us, I felt inspired to give my bedroom a fresh look but didn’t want to have to spend a lot.
Interior Stylist Kristen Gallard, is back with a great style article for anyone who is renting a house and finding it tricky coming up with style ideas or working within the limitations of a structure that can’t be altered. Over to you Kristen….
Having recently gone from owning my own home to renting, I know all too well the frustrations of not only finding the right rental property to suffice all of your lifestyle needs, but one that is neat and tidy, visually appealing, and still within your weekly budget.
The colours and textures of the fashion runways can easily jump from hanger to room. In this blog article, we’ll look at how to translate some trending combinations into your interiors.Neutrals & Shearling
On the Runway: Isabel Marant paired slouchy white pants with a shearling vest for a look that’s cosy and uber cool.
In a Room: Whether draped over furniture or gracing the floors, shearling’s lush pile mixed with a serene color palette may result in an almost dangerously cosy space. Colour-phobes, take note: A hint of shearling is a great way to add visual texture to your space without going outside your neutral comfort zone.