The Ultimate Guide to Buying Rugs: Choosing the Perfect Size, Shape, and Style

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Rugs: Choosing the Perfect Size, Shape, and Style

A Comprehensive Guide to Styling Rugs: Choosing the Perfect Size, Shape, and Style

Rugs are more than just floor coverings; they're essential elements of interior design that can transform the ambiance of a room and bring multiple pieces of furniture together. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore key considerations when buying rugs, from choosing the right size and shape to addressing questions about maintenance and style.

1. What Size Rug Should I Get?

Selecting the right size rug is crucial for achieving a balanced and harmonious look in your living space. When buying and styling a rug it's important to consider the following tips:

Room Size: When choosing a rug, it's important to consider the dimensions of your room. In larger rooms, a generously sized rug can anchor the space, while smaller rooms benefit from rugs that leave ample floor space visible. You also don't want to chose a rug that is too big for your room dimensions.

Measuring Tips: Take accurate measurements of the area you want to cover. A common mistake is choosing a rug that's too small. Remember to leave a border of exposed flooring around the edges.

Furniture Placement: You should also take into account furniture pieces you already have and how these will work around your rug. For living rooms, ensure that the rug accommodates the front legs of sofas and chairs. In dining rooms, the rug should extend beyond the table and chairs when they are pulled out.

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2. What Shape Rug is Best?

The shape of your rug can significantly impact the visual appeal of a room. Let's delve into different rug shapes and how they impact a room:

Rectangular Rugs: The most common rug shape, suitable for defining seating areas in living rooms and bedrooms.

Round Rugs: Ideal for creating a focal point in areas with circular furniture arrangements or under round dining tables.

Square Rugs: Perfect for square rooms or to add a modern touch to traditional spaces.

If you are undecided on what rug shape to get or you would like to add a modern twist to your room, take a look at our Abstract Modern Rug.

3. Is the Rug Easy to Clean?

Easy maintenance is essential for the longevity of your rug especially if you are styling your rug in a sociable area of the house where it could be prone to spillages. We would recommend to consider the following factors:

Material Matters: Rugs come in various materials, each with its own cleaning requirements. For all of our rugs you can view their individual cleaning requirements on the product details page under Care & Cleaning. Something to bear in mind is that synthetic materials are often more stain-resistant, while natural fibres may require gentler care. So bear this in mind before purchasing.

Cleaning Tips: Regular vacuuming and prompt action when it comes to stain removal are key. Don't leave stains to sit and sink into the fabric and try to be proactive by removing it as soon as possible. Be aware of specific cleaning instructions for your rug material.

4. Is a Solid Colour or Patterned Rug Best?

Choosing between a solid colour and a patterned rug depends on your overall design scheme:

Solid Colour Rugs: Solid colour rugs create a sense of calm and simplicity. This makes them ideal for rooms with bold furniture or vibrant artwork as it can stop the room from feeling busy.

Patterned Rugs: Patterned rugs can help  to add visual interest and can be a focal point for a room. We would note to consider the scale of the pattern and how it complements other design elements.

5. How to Position and Place a Rug in a Room?

Proper rug placement enhances the overall design of a room and can help to bring all the design elements together, as well as add balance to a room:

Living Rooms: Position the rug to anchor the seating area, allowing the front legs of the furniture to rest on the rug.

Bedrooms: Place a large rug under the bed, with at least 18 inches visible on each side.

Dining Rooms: Ensure the rug accommodates the table and chairs, even when chairs are pulled out.

6. Enhancing Ambiance with Lighting

The right lighting can complement your chosen rug and elevate the overall atmosphere of your space. Explore our Lighting collection for options that seamlessly integrate with your rug and room design.


Choosing the perfect rug involves a thoughtful consideration of size, shape, style, and maintenance. By following these guidelines, you'll not only enhance the visual appeal of your space but also create a harmonious and inviting atmosphere. Explore our Rugs collection and Lighting collection to discover options that suit your unique taste and preferences.

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