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How to choose the perfect rug for your living room

A designer rug is an investment piece. But luckily, you'll get a lot more wear out of it than any dust-bagged heels. So while it might seem like there's a lot to consider, it's a topic worth researching before you click 'checkout'. Here's how to choose the perfect rug for your living room.

1. Tether your furniture

If your living room's looking a bit busy with an array of accent chairs and sofas, a strategically placed rug will help to create a sense of uniformity. There are lots of ways to arrange your pieces around/on top of your rug (check out Pinterest for further inspo), just make sure you measure up with your furniture roughly in situ, so you're not caught short when it arrives.

2. A united front

Open-plan rooms are the dream. But in reality, they can feel a bit too… open. A rug's an easy way to unite your spaces and create cohesion, dividing areas into functional 'zones' without completely separating them like a wall would. Runners are great for creating flow throughout your home – they naturally lead people where you want them to go.

3. Material matters

Flatweave rugs and styles made from natural fibres like jute are known for their durability – they'll last well in areas of high footfall like hallways and living rooms. Tufted rugs – often made from wool – have a deeper pile which fares better in quieter areas of your home, like bedrooms. And with their touchy-feely appeal, they're a good choice for cosying up bare wooden floors.

4. Colour theory

When deciding on a colour, take one of two approaches: tone-on-tone, or opposites attract. If you're after a bohemian vibe, clash your colours for maximum impact – that navy blue sofa will look so rich and inviting on top of a deep orange rug. Or if your style's more Scandi, opt for something tonal that matches your upholstery.

5. Pattern power

Use a patterned rug to bring energy to pared-back furniture. Sofas in solid neutral shades, like cream and taupe, look much more interesting on top of a bold patterned piece like this. The look? Instantly Instagrammable.

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