How to Choose the Perfect Rug


One of the most common Interior Decorating requests I get is to help people choose and source a floor rug. If possible, it is ideal to select a rug first, before decorating a room. I find it more challenging to fit a rug into existing decor than vice versa. Floor rugs have several purposes. They define a space. Given that we are opting for more open plan homes, this is important. They provide texture and warmth. In a room with hard surfaces such as timber flooring, stone benchtops and sleek finishes, a rug adds softness. A rug can also be the decorating piece that ties the room together.

How to Choose the Perfect Rug

 Andrea Goldman via Luxe Magazine


A common mistake is choosing a rug that is too small for the area and furniture is left ‘floating’ around the perimeter. Measure the area first and choose a larger rug that extends beyond the furniture. Even if it is only the front two legs of a sofa.

How to Choose the Perfect Rug


How to Choose the Perfect Rug

Domiteaux and Baggett

How to Choose the Perfect Rug


In a dining room, the rug should be large enough to accommodate the dining chairs when they are pulled out. A good rule of thumb is to allow an additional 60cm on each side of the table for the chairs.

Rectangular rugs are most common but I love a round one under a round dining table.

How to Choose the Perfect Rug


How to Choose the Perfect Rug

Molly Frey

Style and Colour

In a living or dining room, a more subtle pattern is easier to work with and less likely to date. An exception to this is if the rug is a feature on its own such as a hall runner, in which case I say have a bit of fun!  The rug colour can set the scene for the rest of the room so choose colour tones you love. The type of floor rug can influence the final look of the room. For a casual room, sisal or jute are a great choice. Wool or silk feel soft underfoot and add a sense of luxury to a space.

Here is a list of some of my favourite rug suppliers to suit all budgets:

1. Pottery Barn

2. Yarn and Loom

3. Xavier and Me

4. Coco Republic

5. Armadillo & Co

And some of my favourites floor rugs:

How to Choose the Perfect Rug


For any further assistance on sourcing the perfect rug, please feel free to email me (here).

Belinda XO

2 Responses to "How to Choose the Perfect Rug"
  1. This is a great post and quite timely too. I am always on the hunt for a rug but falter at the last moment. Sometimes it is cost, sometimes it is colour. I am checking out the sites you recommend right now 🙂

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