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The Perfect Rug Choice

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. Depending on the room, size and overall theme you want to create, there are many options you need to consider before buying a rug.

Different rugs suit different areas. For example, hallways and kitchens tend to have much more footfall 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.

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 'the floating rug' 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 covering 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.

The shape matters too. For example, if you have a circular dining table you may want a larger circular rug to sit underneath the table and chairs.

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

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