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DDL: 3 Ways To Buy The Perfect Rug

Rugs – It’s a whole new world when you find the right one. They can pull together a room’s design and finish a space to perfection. But choose the wrong one and you can make your home feel awkward or unfinished.

Considering how expensive they can be, selecting a rug is something you want to do well. There are three main elements to keep in mind when choosing the right rug for your space, so read on for tips on conquering the “rug shopping triad”.

This is the most obvious starting point in choosing your rug. Your rug should be your focal point, should be loud, proud and bold. It should accent the rest of your design and immediately draw the eye.

Once you pick a rug that catches your eye, your room will automatically have a defined colour scheme. You should be able to use the rug’s existing shades as a base to build a coordinating look.


  • Choose your rug first, then style your room around it
  • Mixing patterns within the same colour family can add depth to your room
  • Patterned rugs add personality to a room with solid coloured furniture

Consider your room’s size. The way a rug looks in a studio apartment will differ from the way a rug looks in a house with multiple bedrooms. To make your space look largest, consider how best to display your furniture pieces, either around or on the rug.

Outdoor Seating:
Patio rugs look best if the front parts of all perimeter furniture touch the rug, allowing the backs of the furniture to connect to the outdoor space.

Livingroom Look:
To give your living room definition, lay your rug completely under all the pieces of furniture. Leave some space between the rug’s edge and the wall so the space doesn’t feel closed in.

Bedroom Basics:
Make your bedroom feel twice as big by placing a rug only under the “foot” portion of the bed.

A room with a mix of different textures feels rich and layered, and an easy way to set this tone is by paying attention to the texture of your rug. Let the finishes of your existing furniture guide you, and aim for contrast.

With seating in a soft fabric like velvet, something smooth and hard like sisal might be the answer, while a sleek leather sofa looks great on something with a longer, fluffier pile.

Keep in mind practicalities about cleaning the rug, and also consider the people who will be using it. A raised pile or shag rug can be a tripping hazard for the elderly, the young, or the clumsy.

There are plenty of choices when it comes to rugs, but finding the right one can be a difficult task. That’s why DDL’s specialist décor consultants take everything into consideration when helping you pick out the right one for you. From soft and luxurious to wool or cotton, they have the right rug for your lifestyle.

For more information on their full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call DDL on 011 262 5225. Visit the website at www.ddl.za.com.

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