How To Choose A Rug: 6 Step Rug Perfection

Find out how to choose the perfect rug for your living room, bedroom or conservatory.

Whether close to the burning fire or ladened underneath a stylish coffee table, a carefully selected rug transforms your house into a home. Lifting living areas and bringing your décor together, rugs can warm-up or soften harder surfaces throughout your living areas. However, for all it’s potential warmth, figuring out how to choose a rug that matches your room style can be a cold and harsh process. As easy and convenient as it may seem, choosing a rug is tricky business – especially with the wide variety of options available.

To help narrow down your options, in this article we’re exploring how to choose a rug that both fits your needs and also the theme of your home. We’re looking at the colour, the fabric and even size for that ultimate selection. Scroll down to find out how to choose a rug that ticks all the boxes.

6 Steps To Rug Perfection.

Each time we have been asked how to choose a rug, our response is simply to break down your decision into 6 manageable steps.

  • Step 1 – Know your budget.
  • Step 2 – Know your placement.
  • Step 3 – Decide upon a material.
  • Step 4 – Decide upon a size.
  • Step 5 – Choose a colour that matches.
  • Step 6 – Make sure you fall in love.

The trick to finding the perfect rug comes down these six steps plus ensuring that you fall in love with every fibre. After all, if it doesn’t make you smile when you curl up your toes then you may as well slap down some more wooden pallets.

Step 1 – Know Your Budget.

Self-explanatory, yet knowing your budget is often misjudged when it comes to homewares. You’ve seen the fancy Instagram posts, the boutique home stores, the hanging rugs of Babylon and you want it all. But there’s a hitch. The price. For everything luxury, a price tag the size of your home often follows. As such, knowing what is realistically within your price range is the first and foremost step to finding the perfect rug.

Hand-woven rugs from Persia will cost 10x as much as mass produced items from IKEA. However, if truly unique homewares are top of your priority list, you may find gems hidden within charity stores or op-shops.

Placement of the Rug
According to lifestyle experts and interior designers, a rug serves as a cherry on top for any room – which means that it has the power to make any room feel complete, cosy, and lavish. It is quite common for homeowners to get stuck with variety and they end up buying something that doesn’t go well with the room.
As such, a plain white rug with a light pattern is not well-suited for areas like the living room or gaming room, due to the foot traffic and the usage. Comparatively, it would be a perfect fit for rooms that are only used at a certain time in a day or rooms where you need a soothing aura, such as bedrooms or study room. Quite naturally, the second most helpful indicator in choosing the right rug is its placement in your house.
Material and Pattern
Many homeowners do not know that but the material of the rug is the second most noticed things by your guests right after its colour and pattern. Your guests are most likely to get impressed by the unique pattern your rug has but the material can help this impression last longer.
If you already hade a lot of colours in your room, sticking with a light-patterned rug with a neutral colour is the right choice. Similarly, if your room is plain or neural, then going for a bold pattern is no harm and it can help lift the overall look style.
Now comes the second most important thing after pattern and colour: material. If you are planning to place the rug in the high-traffic area, you might have to sacrifice comfort for durability. If it is being placed where most of your guests sit, then go for something that speaks luxury.
Similarly, there are options such as wool, polypropylene, polyester, and sisal that serve various purposes and can help you define your space and personal choices better.
Theme of the Room
If you know where you are going to place the rug, then the tricky question of how to choose a rug becomes pretty easy to answer. Let’s say, you are buying a rug for your living room and the current colour scheme of your living room is black and white – buying a dark rug wouldn’t go well with it. Unless you are planning to remodel the room according to the rug, it is always a good idea to have chosen something that compliments the current theme rather than opposing it.
Now we do not mean that you have to get something that matches perfectly with your theme, just go for something that doesn’t look like the odd one in the room – something that sits well with the floor, walls, and furniture.
So, this was our take on how to choose a rug for your home. Remember that choosing a rug doesn’t have to be another stressful job on your list if you cram-up all the indicators mentioned in this post. You can always fill the minor gaps with adding accessories but do not purchase things that do not have a longer future in your house.
Rugs and carpets require an adequate amount of maintenance and care. If you have pets and children, make sure you buy the one that is easy to clean and wash. Also, do not forget to vacuum your rugs every week to make sure nothing harmful stay on them. If you have any further questions, you can let us know in the comments section below.

But how to choose An area rug is the essential element that truly transforms a house into a home. They help to define living zones, anchor furniture settings, tie a room’s décor together and can warm up and soften hard surfaces to reduce noise levels.

A rug can make or break a room – and Armadillo & Co’s guide to buying the perfect rug will ensure it always makes the room!

Armadillo & Co Paragon Rug |
Armadillo & Co Paragon Rug |

Purpose: What do you want your rug to bring to a room?

A rug can be used to define and anchor a space or setting, such as living and dining in an open-plan room. The perfect rug will unite lounge furniture that might otherwise feel disconnected or gently soften the ‘leggy’ look of dining chairs around a table.

A rug can warm and soften hard flooring, such as concrete or tiles, and feel soft and luxurious underfoot in bedrooms and nurseries. Dark colours feel more intimate; light colours are brighter and airy.

Considering the functional and aesthetic purpose of a rug in a room will help you decide on the weave and fibre, size and shape and the colour and pattern.

Armadillo & Co Savannah Rug |
Armadillo & Co Savannah Rug |

Armadillo & Co Egyptian Rug | Photography by Sharyn Cairns | Styling by Claire Delmar |
Armadillo & Co Egyptian Rug | Photography by Sharyn Cairns | Styling by Claire Delmar |

Weave and fibre: Where will the rug will be used and by who?

Different rooms and spaces in a house have different levels of foot traffic. Rugs in transition spaces, such as entries and hallways, should be more hardwearing, while rugs in living areas and bedrooms can be soft and plush.

For high-traffic areas:
Flat-weave rugs are handmade on a loom by weaving horizontal yarns through vertical yarns. They have the sturdiness to withstand high-traffic areas, and their very low profile is easier to clean, which is a great choice for people with dust allergies, as fewer allergens get stuck in the fibres.

Jute is a naturally renewable material that is extremely durable. It is naturally resistant to dust mites and has anti-microbial properties. Jute has a beautiful natural look, and high-quality jute has a lovely soft lustre.

For softness underfoot:
Hand-knotted rugs are incredibly labour-intensive as artisans tie individual knots to the vertical yarns running the length of the rug. These intricate knots form a pile and are extremely plush. Hand-knotted rugs feel soft and luxurious underfoot and the thickness of the pile absorbs sound in a noisy room or large space.

Wool is soft and durable and has excellent insulation properties, helping to keep a home cool in summer and warm in winter. It easily shrugs off dirt, springs back into shape and has air purification and moisture control qualities.

For outside:
Outdoor rugs provide comfort and style in outside living areas and can be used to visually connect the interior and exterior of a home. Armadillo & Co’s Indoor Outdoor collection is crafted to withstand the elements but also feel like wool underfoot. Made from recycled PET (plastic bottles), the rugs are environmentally friendly and easy to clean with a quick hose down. They are also naturally resistant to fading, stains and mould.

Armadillo & Co Savannah Rug |
Armadillo & Co Savannah Rug |

Armadillo & Co Braid Rug |
Armadillo & Co Braid Rug |

Size: What size rug should you choose?

The golden rule is bigger is better.

An oversized rug helps to ground a space and gives furniture settings an anchor and foundation. For living areas and bedrooms choose the largest rug possible while still leaving space between the rug and walls to highlight the floor, as well as enough space to open the doors. A large rug will help make a room feel more spacious, whereas a small rug can make a room look out of proportion

An area rug in a lounge setting should fit underneath all the furniture, or, at the very least, the front two legs of a sofa and armchairs. An area rug in the dining area should extend 60 to 70 centimetres beyond all edges of the table so that the back legs of chairs still sit on the rug when pulled away from the table. This will also protect hard floors from scuff marks and scratches.

If you can’t find the right size of rug, go custom. Armadillo & Co will custom tailor a rug to the desired shape, size and finish (tassels, turnover, hand-binding) to ensure it perfectly fits a space. Alternatively, check out Armadillo & Co’s rug placement guide, showing tired and testing layouts that are pleasing to the eye and can help anchor a room -

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Shape: What shape rug should you choose?

The shape of a rug should complement the shape of a room or setting.

Rectangular rugs generally work well in most rooms; however, an unexpected shape can sometimes be more appropriate. Rectangular rugs are an obvious choice for rectangular dining tables and traditional lounge settings featuring a sofa and armchairs to create a symmetrical and balanced space.

A round rug can add visual interest and soften the feel of a room, particularly one with lots of straight lines. A round rug under a table creates a cohesive design, and a round rug in a living area adds a sense of playfulness. Round rugs, such as Armadillo & Co’s Braid, bring a calming quality to bedrooms, while jute rugs, such as Camellia and Petunia, are more hardwearing for the entry of a house.

Runners are designed to fit a narrow space, such as hallways and entryways or in the kitchen, to provide a softer surface underfoot when standing for longer periods of time and short runners are ideal next to beds.

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Colour and pattern: What aesthetic do you want to create?

The colour and pattern of a rug can tie a room’s décor together. Choose a rug before finalising décor, whenever possible. It will unify the other elements and can provide a starting point for colour and textural palettes.

A richly textured and patterned rug will depth and luxuriousness to a room. Armadillo & Co’s Gazelle has diamond motif etched into the rug, creating a tactile mix of high and low pile. that has a gentle. Patterned rugs, such as Gazelle, can also tie together an eclectic style.

Neutral tones work will with existing furniture or décor. Armadillo & Co’s Classic collection has a timeless and natural palette that complements all spaces and settings.

Colours can change the perception of a space. Darker tones can make a space feel more intimate, while a room with lighter tones feel brighter, airy and more open. Armadillo & Co’s Heirloom collection has colour-ways inspired by the iridescent beauty of nature and aged metals. The Agra rug is available in ten colours from light to dark, and with a deep cut pile that reflects the light.

Environmentally and socially responsible: Where does the rug come from?

How a rug is manufactured not only affects its lifespan but also impacts rug makers and the environment. Choosing a rug that is made ethically, sustainably and using natural and recycled materials where possible will make your room beautiful while benefiting others.

Armadillo & Co is striving to make a positive impact on people and to leave as little impact on the earth as possible. From the hands of those who spin and dye the yarns to the hands of the artisans who weave and finish the rugs, the company helps to support its artisan community in India through Fair Trade Practices. Every rug uses only natural and recycled materials and each purchase helps to sustain an industry based on traditional craftsmanship and build a brighter future for the children in the weavers’ villages.

In 2017, the company established the not-for-profit Armadillo & Co Foundation. It’s mission is to enhance the lives of underprivileged local communities through the provision of educational, health and community structures. The Foundation sponsors the Kantilal Vidya Mandir (KVM) School in India, which educates many of Armadillo & Co’s artisans’ children. Armadillo & Co has funded all of KVM’s overheads since 2014, and more than 1060 students have graduated from KVM, supported by this sponsorship. Armadillo & Co Foundation has also pledged scholarships for the three highest performing girls at KVM to help them complete their secondary schooling. An additional scholarship is awarded to a student from a family in need or a high-achieving boy.