There is no doubt that choosing carpet for your home can be a daunting task. Not only are you spoilt for choice, but there is a myriad variety of carpets and rugs to choose from. During your search you will end up with your head buzzing with the many choices and most likely end up back too square one! So, let us help you unravel this tangle…….
It’s a no brainer that carpet has a big impact in a room and if chosen judiciously, can elevate any space. The addition of a gorgeously hued rug – whether it is patterned or textured – is a wonderful way to add warmth and character to your space, as patterns and tones can be mixed and matched to deliver a unique look to your interior. Moreover, it may be the very item that injects that ‘finished’ detail that was previously lacking.
Let’s begin in your entrance hall where a carefully chosen rug can look welcoming as well as set the tone for what is to come. Aside from the pattern and texture, it is a great way to trap street dirt from tracking further into your home. As this is a high traffic area, cotton and wool rugs are the best option as they are easily cleaned at home.
Moving into your living room, there are many factors to consider. Most importantly, what look are you hoping to achieve – formal or informal? Traditional or contemporary? Here you face a vast choice of carpet style depending on whether this is a much or little used space.
Bearing in mind that a good rug is the anchor for any room’s decorative scheme, an unwise choice will not deliver the result you are hoping for. If you have an open floor plan and need to carve up the space into separate zones, you can use rugs to add visual definition to the room but should your room be larger than average, you may consider a couple of area rugs with your furniture arranged into separate conversation areas on each.
A simple rug in a limited colour palette that reflects one or two of the main colours used in the design will not compete with other existing patterns and colours in the room as shown in the photograph below. Remember that dark colours make objects appear smaller and light colours make objects or spaces appear larger, so if your space is small, consider using a light coloured rug to achieve a more expansive look.
If the look you want is serene and tranquil, select muted colours and tones from the same colour palette as similarly, monochromatic colour schemes in light tones are classically soothing.
Depending on your budget, you might consider purchasing a rug made of sisal or jute (as these are often kinder to your hip pocket) and layering them with a patterned or tribal rug. As tribal rugs are rooted in tradition and have been in existence for centuries, their designs and colours provide instant contrast and texture. Loved for their organic look and being made of natural fibres, sisal and jute are very hardwearing and give a casual vibe. Conversely, a healthier pocket may lead you to consider a carpet with a deep pile such as shag, which has a plush softness and texture.
However, more important than all of the above is the size of carpet for this area, as acquiring a rug that is too small for the space is the most common decorating mistake. The rug sets the ground for what rests on it, so rugs that exceed the edges of the furniture can make a room appear larger but a small rug makes everything else look out of scale. Ideally, all the legs of your major upholstered pieces should sit on the rug, but should this not be possible, ensure that at least the front legs of the furniture are resting on it.
As with the living area, there is a simple rule governing dining rooms and here the rug should be large enough to have all 4 legs of a chair on it even when it’s pulled away from the table. As spills are inevitable in this room, carpets will require more cleaning and maintenance so flat weave, low pile rugs or hides are a practical choice.
If you shy away from blocks of colour, you might prefer to choose a theme – Moroccan being currently a favourite – as its intricate designs and warm tones are impactful and have visual appeal. As current trends favour neutrals in earthy hues including grey, remember that neutrals don’t have to be boring as you can opt for texture to provide depth and character.
Neither do rugs have to be rectangular as there is a plethora of shapes to tempt you. Have you considered a round rug to soften a space?
Or a hide to use as an accent piece as these are particularly useful in areas that benefit from a more masculine vibe. Woven hides are particularly luxurious to look at and very hard wearing.
Choosing a carpet is akin to wandering round a lolly shop – you have lots to drool over and tempt you into purchasing! But, why stop at one? Like lollies, carpets are a feast for the senses and you should indulge yourself without feeling guilty, for who knows – your indulgence might one day lead you to find your magic carpet!