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Adding a rug to your home is a fantastic way of adding colour, pattern or texture without making a permanent commitment - a dip of the toe instead of a full-on splash in the paint pot, so to speak. For lovers of hardwood floors, adding rugs throughout your home also offers the perfect compromise for a splash of colour and some underfoot comfort. For help finding the ideal rug for your home, read the following tips:

What style rug should I buy?

There are hundreds of different style rugs to choose from, all in different shapes, sizes and materials. Therefore, which one you opt for will be down to your existing home decor, available space and personal preference. Sheepskin rugs are washable and hypoallergenic, and add an air of luxury to any room. For a rug that blends in and complements your existing decor, consider a traditional wool rug in neutral tones, or to inject a little wow into your space, opt for a trendy graphic print. The right rug can make a space both more cosy and interesting.

What material should my rug be made out of?

There are lots of different materials to choose from, here’s a breakdown of the most popular types:

  • Wool Rugs:
  • These rugs are hard-wearing, durable, flame-resistant and dirt-resistant, but tend to be more expensive than synthetic options.

  • Cotton Rugs:
  • Strong and versatile, cotton rugs are washable and appear lower on the price scale than wool and silk rugs. However, be aware that they do tend to attract dirt easily.

  • Silk Rugs:
  • A luxurious option, silk rugs usually have very detailed patterns and a natural sheen. They are a more expensive option, and should be placed in low-traffic areas of the home, as they are not very durable. Look for a wool & silk blend for a more durable and less expensive option.

  • Synthetic Rugs:
  • Lots of synthetic rugs are dirt-resistant, washable and durable. Polypropylene rugs are an excellent choice for the kitchen as they are very stain-resistant, whereas nylon rugs are the most durable of the synthetic fibres and are great for rooms with lots of foot fall.

What size rug should I get?

We believe the bigger the better when it comes to rugs. When in doubt or choosing between two sizes, go for the larger option as it’s easier place furniture over a large rug than make a small rug fill a space. We also recommend that you map out the size of the rug using newspapers before you purchase to get an idea of sizing and shape.

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No matter whether you’re looking for a grey rug, modern rug, sheepskin rug or something else entirely, Houzz is bound to have the perfect rug for your home.
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