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Choosing the right rug for your apartment

By Andrew Bell

Buying a new rug is a great way to liven up your Surfers Paradise apartment. Before doing so, however, there’s a few things you might want to consider to help you make a great purchase. Here are three of our tips for choosing a rug for your apartment.

1. Look at your layout

Before choosing a rug, you need to think about the layout of your space. If you’re wanting a large rug, consider the margin left around its perimeter and what this may look like in your room. An easy way to check this without committing to a purchase is to use tape to mock up the measurements of a potential rug. This way, you can get an idea of how it will fit in your room and how to arrange your furniture to suit the new piece.

With large rugs in the living room, it’s best practice to have either all or only the front legs of your main couches and coffee table touching the rug. This ties the separate pieces together to form a comfortable living area.

2. Material matters

When it comes to choosing your rug, material matters. It’s important to think about the foot traffic in your home, and what you’re looking for in a rug. For example, if you have children or pets, you’ll need a material that you can easily clean messes from, such as acrylic.

If you share a strata apartment with an elderly person it’s wise to choose a flat material, as a shaggy or textured rug may present a trip hazard. Consider hard-wearing materials for areas that get a lot of foot traffic, such as the hallway. Jute is an ideal option here – natural and durable, this material can maintain a fresh appearance for many years.

Mismatching materials is a great way to add texture to a space. You might match a sleek leather sofa, for example, with a shaggy rug, or complement woven sisal mat with a velvet couch – remember, contrast is key.

The colour of your rug can greatly change the design and personality of a space, especially in the living room. Large rugs tend to dominate an area, and will read as the room’s main feature. If your living room is decked out in bright colours, a neutral rug can be a calming feature. For minimalist rooms, a bold rug can brighten the space with a pop of colour.

3. Work with your shapes

Geometry has remained a staple rule in interior design for centuries, and this applies to selecting a rug. The shape of your furniture is a good indicator of what sort of rug you should get. The dining room, particularly, needs to be a place of cohesion, as it’s where people come together to eat and chat about their day. Keep your rug and dining table consistent in shape to promote this unity – a round table is easily complemented with a circular rug, while a rectangular table is appropriately matched with one of the same shape.

Looking for a new Gold Coast apartment to call home? Get in touch with the team at Ray White Surfers Paradise for a friendly chat.

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