Nothing completes a room like a rug, it seems to bring all the furniture together & make it feel whole somehow. The rule of thumb with rugs is, the larger the better. Clients are always surprised when I suggest really large rugs when we’ve just done new floors, but that’s because the larger the rug, the larger the room will feel. You see when we clock a space we read where things stop & start, our eye very subtly picks up on perimeters. And nothing screams, I didn’t quite get this right like a rug that’s too small. Kind of like a hemline that’s just a bit too short, ruins the whole dress. Anyway, open plan living spaces call for large rugs, sit the furniture mostly on, but just off (see image above, and more of this project here) & go as large as you can.
Be careful about adding too much personality in your rug unless it’s antique/vintage or needs to stand alone. I think that rugs should mostly be a subtle canvas for the furniture. Too much pattern & nothing else can get a look in. That said, round rugs with bold colour, texture or pattern can be fabulous. They can really help to break up the boxy-ness of spaces or get around tricky areas where a square or rectangular rug just wouldn’t have worked. Round rugs & cowhides for that matter, really suit small spaces, entries, in between spaces and can be a great choice for bedrooms.
If you want to really experiment, the idea of layering rugs or rugs laid on the diagonal can really throw things off in a good way. I suggest boldly mixing styles works best, they shouldn’t feel too matched & keep the colour palette to a minimum if you’re layering. Be stronger with a rug on the diagonal, it should have some avant garde presence.
And finally, a post on rugs just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of painted rugs. The best example I know of is by my design hero Paola Navone. What a brilliant idea but not one to try at home unless you are handy with a brush.
Tags: Interiors, Rugs