The 6 most common rug mistakes and how to avoid them

The right rug has the ability to transform a room, yet it's often the decorating decision that's left until the end.  “Ideally you want to design the space from the ground up, making sure big-ticket items like the rug, furniture and art all compliment each other,” says Olly Adam

Styling a high-pile rug in a high-traffic area While bedrooms are ideal locations for thick, plush rugs made from silk, merino, alpaca or mohair, high-traffic areas like staircases and dining rooms need rugs with shorter fibres that are easier to clean. “Wool is a very resistant material because of its high lanolin content,” says Adam. “So I’d recommend that for a busy area, perhaps blended with silk if you like a sheen look.”

Matching every colour in the house “Don’t obsess over colour matching,” says Adam. “Sometimes, tonal is the right thing but you can also bring in a completely new story with pattern and colour.” The aim is to coordinate rather than having a copy-and-paste home where everything looks the same.

Underestimating size “Rugs define and establish the space,” says Adam. “If they’re too small the room will feel less luxurious.”

Having pattern-phobia A rug is art for your floor and you should choose something that reflects your personality. “Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid of colour,” says Adam. “It can take a room to the next level.” Hallways are prime places for expression — colourful, patterned runners can create a dramatic welcome.

Not using an underlay Rugs tend to wear faster if they are placed directly on top of a hardwood, stone or concrete floora. An underlay is a soft mat that acts as a buffer between the rug and the floor, cushioning the impact of feet while also preventing the rug from slipping.

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