Common rug mistakes

The right rug can instantly make a space look better, but choosing the wrong one can have the opposite effect. More goes into choosing a rug for your home than you may think, and with such a wide range of styles to choose from, it’s important to carefully consider which rug is right for your home and the intended space. 

Rug in a living room

Here are some common rug mistakes people make when buying a new rug that you can hopefully avoid when buying your next rug. 

Buying the wrong rug size

One of the most common rug mistakes people make when buying one is that is too small. 

Size can be as important as design, so make sure to measure a space before buying a rug for it to ensure you get the right size. It can be disappointing to fall in love with a rug design only to discover it doesn’t properly fit the intended space. 

A rug can help ground a room, but if it’s too small it may not fulfil this purpose, and instead, it can look like it’s floating. This can make the whole room look out of proportion, especially if the rug is not anchored by furniture. 

While you may be worried that a bigger rug will make a room look smaller, that’s not the case. A larger rug can make the room feel more spacious, as the eye will be drawn to the perimeter of the rug. 

Forgoing a rug mat

Don’t be fooled into thinking a rug mat is an unnecessary addition. It may seem pointless to spend money on something you’ll never be able to see, but it is important when you buy a rug to also get a rug mat. 

A rug mat serves multiple uses. One of the main purposes of using a rug mat is to hold your rug in place. A rug mat will prevent your rug from slipping around and potentially becoming a tripping hazard.

Adding an extra layer of cushioning, a rug mat can improve the feel of the rug. This can be especially beneficial when placing a rug over hardwood or tiled floors. 

Using a rug mat can improve the lifespan of your rug as it will minimise wear and tear. As well as protecting the rug from damage, it can also protect the flooring underneath. 

Not putting a rug on the carpet

Many people feel like it’s a rule that you shouldn’t put a rug on carpeted floors, but in reality, there’s no reason why you can’t.

If you have ugly carpet, and especially in situations where you can’t change the flooring, adding a rug will make a big difference to the look and feel of the space. Look at rugs made from different materials than the carpet, if you want something softer and plusher. With a range of colours and patterns, you can find a style you love to ensure you can enjoy your home environment no matter the flooring hidden underneath. 

And if you’re worried about damaging your carpets, just use a rug mat.

Not playing around with your rugs

It can be all too easy to stick to tried and tested positioning of floor rugs but don’t be afraid to use rugs in unexpected ways. 

Layer different materials and colours to create a unique look within your home. Smaller patterned rugs layered over a larger rug in a muted or plain colour are a stylish way to show off your personality in your home. 

As rugs can come in a range of sizes, and you can customise sizes to get the right size for any space in your home, you can use rugs in all rooms within your home, from the hallway to the kitchen. 

Not looking after your rug

It can be easy to place your rug on the floor and then forget about it, but you should always remember that a quality rug is an investment for your home and needs to be cared for. 

Properly cleaning and maintaining your rug will improve its lifespan and keep it looking beautiful for longer. 

Even when you buy a high-quality rug made from durable materials, you still need to look after it to make it last. Regular vacuuming to lift dirt and debris from the fibres and spot-cleaning any spills before they can set will help prevent stains and debris from setting deep into the fibres. To help your rug maintain its lustre, professional cleaning at least once a year is also recommended. 

Not considering your lifestyle

With any home interior purchase, while aesthetics are important, it’s a mistake not to take into account your lifestyle as well. 

Be realistic when buying a new rug. You may love creamy whites or soft pastels, but if you have young children or pets, it’s likely not the most practical choice (unless you’re willing to clean the rug on a more regular basis). 

Darker colours or multi-coloured patterned rugs can be kinder when it comes to disguising dirt or stains. You may also want to look for durable materials if the rug will be subject to a lot of wear and tear.

And now that you know what rug mistakes to avoid, you’ll be able to buy the one that you will love and have in your home for many years!

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