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All you need to know about rugs

There are two things that finish off a room for me.

The first is rugs and the second are window treatments (curtains, blinds & shutters).  
These bring warmth to a home and truly complete the overall look.

This week I’ll be talking about the perfect rug size & placement with help from The Rug Collection.  They’re one of my “go to” rug companies when shopping for clients and I’ve worked with them for several years now.  
(This is not a sponsored blog)

5 Tips for rug  selection & care

1. Select the perfect size first!

The first thing to decide upon is the size of a rug. Measure up and select the optimal size before moving on to design, colour and composition selection.

The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and tying everything together to create a balanced space. In an open plan room, a rug can define an area and enhance a rooms overall aesthetic.

Go for the largest possible size that fits, as it will unify a room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small, will make the room look smaller and can also make furniture appear disconnected.

Standard rug size examples:

160 x 230cm

200 x 290cm

250 x 350cm

300 x 400cm

2. Think outside the square (or rectangle) and consider the shape.

The most popular shape is rectangular for living, dining, bedrooms and narrow hallway runners.

However, a round rug is a delightful choice in bedrooms or can add a point of interest to a living space, playroom or study.

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If you’re feeling extra creative you can custom design a rug shape especially for your space, which can be made to order. The choice is yours dependent on budget, dimensions of the room and the purpose of the rug.

3. If you feel there are too many choices or want a rug that will outlast trends, opt for a timeless texture or durable flatweave.

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My favourite flatweave is the hand crafted Morroccan inspired “Zigo” in a high low pile made of 100% pure wool, starting at $715.

Thick, plush and beautifully soft underfoot, some other textured rugs include Madison, MagicRopeweave, Illusions, and Fizzle rugs.

Flatweave rugs are durable and perfect for high traffic living and dining areas. Popular designs include Torquay, Subi, Hunter, SilhouetteBraid Hive, Braid Tempest and Xylo.

4. Treat your rug with a little love & it will increase its lifespan.

A regular vacuum and the rotation of a rug in high traffic & sunlit areas, as well as the prompt treatment of spills, will extend the life of a rug.

Rug care differs by size, construction and yarn. Read more helpful tips here.

5. Define your space – here are some layout examples 

LIVING ROOM FLOATING LAYOUT – For open planning living

In open plan living rooms, a rug should be big enough to fit under all four legs of each couch, sofa and arm chair. It will define the space and be in proportion with the size of furniture and surrounding space, whilst creating a relaxed and casual feel to a space.

CLASSIC LIVING LAYOUT – For classic living


IN THE DINING ROOM – Scale and proportion is key

For Dining rooms, a rug should always be in proportion to the table.

It is best to leave enough space on either side of the table to avoid ‘catching’ the back of the rug with a chair. The back chair legs should always be sitting on the rug, even when being used. Your rug needs to be approximately 1.2m-1.5m wider and longer than your table (i.e at least 65-75cm around the perimeter of the table for chairs).


IN THE BEDROOM – Cosy, soft and luxurious

A rug in the bedroom will warm up and soften a room with hard flooring. A rug adds colour, pattern and texture to make a room feel luxurious and cosy.

Make sure the rug is underfoot when you get out of bed. The rug should be large enough to sit underneath the bed and side tables. Another option is for the rug to sit underneath the bed, stopping short of the side tables.

For those who don’t want a large rug under the bed but still want a soft place underfoot when getting out of bed, you can opt for a set of two runners placed either side of the bed.


The Rug Collection offers many standard sized rugs and also custom rugs to perfectly fit the space you’re decorating.


I hope this has been helpful

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

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