Rugged Romance

Rugs are no longer just pieces of material on the floor – now they’re functional works of art! A quality rug can transform a room instantly and complement your existing furniture, so there’s no need to replace and remodel if you’re after a new look.

There’s something for every taste, with a variety of rug shapes, colours and designs all readily available – even some of Australia’s well-known fashion names like Alex Perry, Akira Isogawa and Easton Pearson have got in on the act and designed stunning limited-edition ‘artworks’ for Designer Rugs! Keep reading because we’ve got the latest designs, hints on what to look for, and care tips so your work of art lasts.

HOW TO CHOOSE A RUG

1 Decide on what size you want. It’s a good idea to do a rough measurement of the area you want it to go in – it would be terrible to bring a rug home that’s too large for the space you had in mind.

2 Choose what shape you’d like – circular rugs are the latest trend as they are a fantastic way to soften the angles of a sharp, modern space; and they look amazing in an entrance hall. You can also find designs available in quirky shapes, like a pretty pink rug in the shape of a cupcake – ideal for a little girl’s bedroom.

3 It may seem unimportant, but deciding on what type of weave or texture you want in a rug is vital – you wouldn’t want a shagpile rug in a classic country-style home, as it’s more suited to a modern or retro decor. Consider where the rug will go and how often it will be walked on – if you have kids you may want something durable and easy to clean, or perhaps you just want a luxury piece for show.

4 When choosing a pattern remember that rug designs today are like art – a beautiful pattern instantly makes a room visually interesting and brings the space to life. Also note that busy designs hide marks and usually require less maintenance.

5 Now, when choosing the colour of the rug remember certain hues can either make or break a room; so for bedrooms and small rooms, for instance, go for soft tones and simple designs. Darker colours are better in cooler seasons as they give a warm, cosy vibe and are best for rooms with high foot traffic. Keep in mind your furniture and rug don’t need to match; work with your flooring and paint shade and you can add affordable soft furnishings like cushions and curtains to complement the rug’s colours.

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