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Today I want to share some tips and tricks that I have to help you introduce rugs into your home and also how to style them. If you read my recent interior trend post about woven textiles you'll know I'm a sucker for textured fabrics and woven rugs in general. In my flat I currently have a large flat weave rug in our bedroom which injects some lovely muted colour and a white sheepskin rug in the living room, which may not sound practical but it feels so luxurious and soft. One day Simon and I really want to invest in a few Turkish carpets or kilims. Middle Eastern textiles seem to really fit in with our Mid-Century pieces and our love of handmade homewares.

I've been adding lots of rug inspiration to my "Interiors" Pinterest board if you'd like to see what I've been pinning recently. If you look below you'll see a little mood board of my favorite styles of rugs and how to use them in your home.



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For this post I have partnered with Land of Rugs and together we have put together a Q&A to help guide your rug making decisions. Before we get into the advice and nitty gritty of rug choices I thought I'd share my top picks from the site. There's a very clear theme with what I've chosen and as always that means minimal, textured and Mid-Century style.













Hopefully you're inspired my the carpets I chose, I think my favorite has to be the Belle rug. Why not have a little read of the Q&A below? I spoke to Darran Stanley from Land of Rugs, who was kind enough to answer a few questions that I thought might be useful for you. 

How can a rug effect how large my room looks?

The human eye operates on a fairly basic principle: it sees shapes, lines, and colours and sends that
information to the brain. It is only then that this information is made sense of. When you enter a room, your eyes will look for continuity — a primary colour or shape that appears consistently. If the room is disjointed and has a variety of colours and shapes, the brain will take issue with it. For this reason, placing a large rug in your room will generally make the room appear more spacious, and therefore larger, whereas a small rug will break the room up too much and make it seem smaller. Your room may be the same size regardless of which rug you use, but your brain won’t see it that way.

How large should the rug be compared to the room?

There is no formula for choosing the optimum rug size for your room, as all rooms are different. In your living room, the sofa and chairs will be the centrepiece — the social hub. With this being the key part of the room, this is the area that should be enclosed by a rug. Not only will it make this area feel more inclusive for everyone sitting in it, but you will also benefit from a cosy, warm rug underfoot. If you choose a rug that is large enough for all of your primary furniture to sit on, this will make the room seem spacious and welcoming. Even a rug that is only large enough for your furniture’s front legs to sit on will make the room appear this way. This visual guide to rug placement from interior design specialists The Front Door demonstrates the best practices for laying a rug in your room.

Should I have more than one rug in my room?

Placing more than one rug in a room can lead to your space feeling disjointed. However, if your intention is to partition a room — perhaps you have a living room/dining room and you want to separate them — using two rugs in a space can be a great idea. 

I hope you found this post inspirational and best of luck if you are on the hunt for the perfect rug!

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  1. This is great advice from Land of Rugs (who gave me some tips too), really helpful, especially as I was wondering about whether I should have more than one rug. I've ordered a rug (a big one) and hope I've made the right choice, we'll see! (I love the Benni Berber-style rugs above, but all lovely) #HomeEtc

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    1. I love really large rugs, especially useful if you live in a modern flat and have naff floorboards!

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  2. Gorgeous rugs and great tips, we're slowly de-carpeting the floors in our home and will be in need of rugs to add a bit of cosy style in due course. I'm pinning your blog so I know where to find the tips in future X #HomeEtc

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    1. You can't beat a wool rug to add in some cosiness! Thanks for sharing the post on pinterest :)

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  3. Love the Plantation Belle rug — great tips too! Thanks so much for linking up with us :) #HomeEtc

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  4. Love these tips!! I'm currently looking for a rug for our living room (to cover the terrible carpet until we save up for a new floor). The plantation one is PERFECT!!

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    1. I think that a rug over a carpet can look really lovely, it will work especially well if its an extra large rug leaving a border of carpet.

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  5. Great advice! I have a few rugs and am always dragging them around different spaces to see which works. Thanks for sharing & linking up again lovely, good to have you! #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

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  6. I haven't come across Land of Rugs before but I'm glad I did through your post as we are currently looking for a rug for our sun lounge/ play room and I've already seen a few I like here and in their website! :)

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    1. They have a huge amount of choice so it takes a little searching. My favorite brand they stock has to be Plantation though.

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