How to Choose the Best Floor Rug for your Space

Author: Sarah Shevy   Date Posted:11 February 2019 

How to Choose the Best Floor Rug for your Space

Adding a rug or mat to your room is a great way to create character and warmth in a space. Rugs can be incredibly versatile as an interior design tool, providing a place to relax while also helping to protect your flooring. With many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start looking and what to look out for, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding the right floor rug can be made simple by considering the following questions.

1. What is the room size?

So as to choose a the best sized floor rug, begin by estimating with a tape measure the room it will be in. Choose how much space in the room the rug will take up and in the event that it will be a point of focusin the room or a subtler detail. Will the rug consume up the room between your sofa and TV? Will it sit cozily underneath your dining suite? Will it need to be large or small, wide or thin?

2. What kind of room is it?

The kind of room that the rug will be in can impact on several factors, like the shape of the rug, the colour, the size, and the materials. A rug or mat for a bathroom or kitchen may need to be a material that is quick to dry, for example, while a living room will likely be best suited to a luxurious and thick rug or mat that takes up more space in the room. Weatherproof rugs are great additions for outdoors, too.

3. What shape?

Rugs come in a variety of shapes. Rectangular, square, and circular are the most popular shapes, though more abstract shapes can also be purchased. The intended location of your rug is the biggest factor to consider when deciding what shape you want. If you want a rug to go underneath your dining suite, how is your dining suite shaped and what size rug will ensure that the table and chairs all fit neatly on it?

4. What colour?

Matching a new rug to your current decor is an important part of the selection process. If your room is bright and bold, a neutral-coloured rug may be the best option. If your room is quieter in terms of decor, consider a rug that is vibrant in colour and pattern, and will draw attention to it.

5. What material?

The material of your rug will affect not only how it looks but how it feels. Plush rugs will make a great focal point in your room, for example, while being soft to walk or sit on. Don’t forget to consider durability when selecting which material to use; some areas of heavy use may need a more durable rug than others. 

Inside Outside Furnishing & Lifestyle offers large and small rugs, circular and rectangular rugs of different dimensions, polypropylene and wool and jute rugs, indoor and outside rugs, weatherproof rugs, and more. With Afterpay and ZipPay to help you out with your purchase, there is no better time to buy a rug and dress up your living space than now. 


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