There are a handful of common sizing rules that will bring out the best in your living space. If you are placing a rug underneath a dining room table, it should extend at least 2 feet beyond the parameters of the table so that your dining chairs will have four legs on the rug when pulled away from the table. In a living room, at least the front legs of all the furniture in the seating area should be placed on the rug, or if your sofas and chairs are floating in the middle of the room then all four legs should be on it in order to unify the space. In a bedroom, the majority of the rug will be under the bed but it’s best to have between 3-4 feet of material exposed on all three sides of the bed. Alternatively, you could have two runner rugs along either side of the bed or a small rug at the foot of the bed. If you are opting for a large rug to fill almost the whole room, it is generally agreed that you should leave 18 inches of floor space between the edges of the rug and the walls of the room. In terms of shape, square rooms look great with square or round rugs, and rectangular rooms with rectangular rugs oriented in the same direction. Shop online at Wayfair.co.uk for rugs of all shapes and sizes at the best prices.
Adding a rug to a room will create contrast, and a mix of textures makes a room feel rich and layered. With seating in soft fabrics, something smooth and hard like sisal might be the answer, while a handsome leather sofa is complemented well by a longer, fluffier pile, such as a shaggy rug. At Wayfair.co.uk we have a variety of low-pile and flat-weave rugs that are easily cleaned and are hard-wearing for high-use rooms, hallways, or doorways - just make sure the front door won’t get stuck on the doormat! Sisal and other natural fibre area rugs, such as jute and hemp, give rooms a relaxed, organic feel. High-pile or shaggy rugs work perfectly in a living room or bedroom in smaller doses. In terms of feel under those toes of yours, natural fibres, including cotton and wool rugs, will give you a soft feel and are easy to clean and maintain, thus very practical if you have children or pets. If you want a lusher deep pile, Wayfair has a large selection of rugs made of synthetic fibres that can give you a similar feel. You can also shop online for a rug pad, found in Rug Accessories, which will protect your rug, prevent slipping, and add another layer of comfort.
When thinking about the style and colour of your rug, take into account the tones in your flooring, walls and other fixed finishes. Don’t be afraid to go for something bold, as a fun geometric pattern or brightly coloured modern rug can really lift a room. If there are already bold patterns in your furniture then a solid colour rug will ground your furniture in a primary palette. If you’re not sure what colour to go for, match the rug to the secondary colour in a patterned sofa. Conversely, if your furniture is a solid colour or neutral, try a patterned rug such as a geometric or floral rug, or Persian rugs create a classic, slightly exotic feel to a room. Again you can match the secondary colour in the rug to your sofa or key furniture. A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colours. So whether you need a soft children’s rug for playtime, a bright red rug to add a flare of glamour to your home, or simply a practical, washable rug, there’s never been a better time to “Wayfair my rug”.