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How to Choose a Rug by Following These Top Tips

Are you not that savvy when it comes to interior design?


Well, if you need assistance on how to choose a rug, we think this guide might just be the answer to your prayers.


A rug is a great addition to any home, as it can add dimension and character - particularly if you are on a mission to find some great renovation tips. So read on and be an expert in no time with these helpful ideas that will make choosing a rug much simpler for you.


Don’t be afraid of contrasting rug materials and patterns


Different coloured rug patterns and styles

A lot of people shy away from being daring when it comes to choosing a rug, but this kind of creativity can actually work wonders for your room.


Some contrast is useful for creating space in any area, as a room that is made up of beige walls, carpet and furniture can create blandness and leave it looking lifeless. Contrast might also be a great idea for adding a pop of colour if your room is largely made up of neutral shades, as this will be much more appealing to the eye.


Here are some key rug materials you may want to consider to help narrow down your search:


  • Nylon is a strong, man-made synthetic fibre that is very popular among buyers due to it being highly durable and doesn’t tend to shed pile much at all. It’s great for resisting damage from being repeatedly walked on and scuffed.

  • Wool is a great rug material to opt for because it is a natural fibre and can be a really stylish addition to any room. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a fireplace rug, but make sure you choose wool that has come from high altitude, as this helps the fibre to be even more durable.

  • Sisal is a brilliant option if you want to lay a rug down in an area that receives excessive footfall, as it is incredibly hardwearing. There are useful tips for cleaning any rug, but be sure to keep a sisal rug dry because it can easily stain when wet.

It’s worth asking yourself whether your rug is there to make a statement - and if so, how is it going to add personality to your room without being too over the top? Balance is key so bear this in mind when you begin your search.


Be experimental with your rug size and shape


Large patterned rug in a dining room under table and chairs

It’s important to make sure that you don’t guess when it comes to the size of the rug you require. Instead you should measure first to help you decide what dimensions will work best.


Below are a few key things to consider when it comes to rug shapes and sizes:


  • Avoid choosing a rug that is going to look too small in the middle of your room. It will give off the impression that it is ‘floating’ and therefore won’t add any depth to the space.

  • Make sure your rug is either touching something or going underneath furniture so that you are creating boundaries and dimension.

  • If you are unsure of what rug size to go for, you could always create a rug out of paper and use it as a template. This will give you an idea of the scale and whether or not you need to go bigger or smaller.

Don’t think you have to go for a standard shaped rug as well. A different, and more exciting shape could be just what you need to enhance a room, and it could be extremely fitting for a certain theme.


You should consider your furniture when it comes to the rug shape you have in mind. For instance, a circular dining table like the one pictured above could be more suitable with a larger circular rug. It looks great underneath a table set and chairs and really stands out against a more neutral theme.


Don’t choose your rug last


Large patterned living room rug in cream and red placed under the sofas and coffee table

If you are decorating a room from scratch, it’s a good idea to choose the rug first. This is because your rug is going to make a massive impact on the room and in some ways, it’s the focal point that ties a room together.


Whether it’s in the form of wool, sisal or even recyclable nylon, a lot of people prefer to use natural fibres that are more sustainable.


Start with a rug and then base pillows, textiles for curtains and other accessories around it to establish what kind of colour palatte you are hoping to achieve.


Buying a rug from A Cut Above

Including a rug in your home is extremely important for giving in that final touch, and here at A Cut Above we can certainly help you to find one that perfectly matches your requirements.
We know just how much a good, quality rug can make a massive difference to the rest of your decor, which is why we offer fantastic customer service that will ensure you walk away with a rug that’s completely suited to your taste.


If you would like to find out more, why not browse our collection today for great deals at competitive prices. Or alternatively, you can get in touch and speak to one of our advisors on 0152 435 660.

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