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How to choose the perfect rug for every room of your home

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 29/01/2018 Olivia Heath

How to choose the perfect rug for every room of your home © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) How to choose the perfect rug for every room of your home 'As a general rule buy the largest size and the best quality rug you can afford and shop around,' say the experts at . 'Investing in a good quality rug means it will stand up to wear and tear over a long period of time.'

A rug is a simple way to update your floors and interiors and transform a room. For example, you can go for a , a bold floral design, or even a shaggy rug. But depending on the room, size and overall theme you want to create, there are many options you need to consider before buying a rug.

Here, Modern Rugs share their top tips...

1. The room

Different rugs suit different areas. For example, and tend to have much more foot fall than that of a bedroom or living room, therefore, it is best to choose a rug that is hardwearing and easy to clean. A slightly darker shade or patterned rug will make a good choice as they are less likely to show footprints in between cleaning.

a colorful living room with a couch and a table © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) 2. Size

Measure, measure and measure again, definitely don't guess. Measure your space and decide from there what dimensions will fit best. There are a few rules that you can apply to choosing the correct size rug for your room:

Avoid look in which you have a small rug in the middle of the room touching no furniture. A good purpose for your rug as well as adding colour or pattern, is to create an area which brings all of your furniture together, meaning you should try to get a bigger size so that it is touching or goes under furniture.

• If you are not sure what size will look best in your room you could try piecing together paper/newspaper and cover the floor space you imagine your rug will cover, this will give you an idea of size and if you will need to go bigger or smaller. Remember, the larger the rug, the more dominating the colour/pattern will be in the room.

3. Shape

You are not bound to a standard rectangular rug. A different shaped rug may suite your space better, for example, if you have a circular you may want a larger circular rug to sit underneath the table and chairs.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) 4. Colour/Pattern/Style

Consider the use of your rug, and its surroundings – do you want it to make a statement? A rug is a good way to . A patterned rug can add personality to a room without it being too bold.

a dining room table © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) 5. Fibre

Different materials are appropriate for different areas in the home and variants such as the amount of time you have for maintenance, and whether you have children or , are all things to be considered.

• Acrylic

Hard wearing and easy to clean, acrylic can be tufted and woven to replicate wool. It is usually a cheaper alternative to wool with the benefit of less shedding (fluff) and easier maintenance.

• Polypropylene

A synthetic fibre which is hardwearing, easy to maintain and good for high traffic areas. Can be made in flat weave or shaggy designs where developed fibres can now be made to feel very soft.

• Viscose

A less durable fibre usually used to add a luxe/sheen finish to the overall look of the rug. Usually blended with wool for a high quality result but not recommended for high traffic areas as it tends to be more delicate.

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) • Cotton

Usually made in a flat weave design, it is less durable fibre compared to that of other flat weave fibres such as sisal, jute or polypropylene, however it makes up for it in the softness.

• Wool

Extremely soft underfoot, wool is a very durable natural fibre which is easy to clean and also heat resistant making it the most preferred rug fibre for near . Look for wool coming from high altitude areas as this can make the fibres even more durable.

• Jute

A natural fibre, jute is extremely durable and suitable for high traffic areas. It comes in a variety of weave patterns and has similar characteristics to sisal.

• Sisal

Very hardwearing (even more so than jute) and perfect for high traffic areas where you need a strong fibre. Sisal can be more coarse underfoot than that of other flat weave fibres such as jute, polypropylene and cotton. Although the fibre is hardwearing, when cleaning this must not get wet as it can stain and expand the fibres – special dry cleaning kits can be purchased for cleaning sisal rugs and carpets.

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