The Rug Trend

The Rug Trend: Choosing the right rug for your room.

While natural timber flooring brings a sense of luxury and warmth to any space, that cozy, homely feeling can usually be credited to the humble rug. A rug is often the single piece of interior furnishing that ties a room together. Used strategically, rugs can also produce ‘zones’ in open-plan spaces, create an interesting focal point and level out uneven acoustics. Here some simple tips to consider when sourcing a rug to compliment your new timber floor.

Make the most of your space

As mentioned, rugs are mostly used to help define one area from another. Consider where you want your ‘zones’ to begin and end. Use masking tape to indicate an area. Place relevant furniture within the tape, exactly where it needs to go. As a rule of thumb, the rug needs to be big enough to contain the furniture conformably (such as a dining table and its chairs when pulled out) but also sit one foot within the zone’s parameters. By using this approach, the size and shape of the rug you need can be determined.

In the living room, a rug should be large enough that at least the front legs of all furniture can rest on it. Image courtesy of apartmenttherapy

Opposites attract

When it comes to choosing a rug design, you don’t always have to ‘play by the rules’. As long as you choose a pattern and colour palette that is in harmony with the overall space, anything goes. For example, if the room is rather muted and neutral, go for a colourful rug to enliven the atmosphere. You might select a rug design which features a key colour already present in the home, such as your favourite couch-throw or statement vase. Don’t be afraid to mix-up themes and genres; modern spaces can look spectacular with a classic rug juxtapositioned with tribal patterns and so forth.

Neutral finishings often compliment colourful and vibrant patterns. Image courtesy of

Trend Alert: Layering

Most Melbournians are accustomed to ‘layering’ as a result of our volatile weather. So it’s no surprise this trend has made its way into the interior business. ‘Rug layering’ is a method used to add rich texture while dialling-up the cozy factor. The key is choosing patterns and colours that balance one another while being different enough in shape and texture.

Layering rugs can add a new level of comfort and fun to a space, while still looking stylish. Image courtesy of