Introducing a statement rug can be a simple way in which to transform a room. However, you'll need to choose a floor covering, which will either dictate the design of the room or complement the existing decor. There are a variety of ways in which you can decorate with a rug, so follow our expert advice to help you pick a design to suit your project.
Our antique parchment statement rug shown in oyster adds comfort and style to this open-plan living area
The statement rug
If you choose this type of flooring, it can set the tone for the entire space. In the luxury market, design and style are key. In fact, this sort of rug will accessorise the area and can instantly create comfort underfoot. The purpose of a statement rug is to elevate what might be an understated room design into something more special. This is why it's important to use rugs to enhance the appearance of a room.
A rug can anchor a whole room such as this luxury bedroom
Choosing the right size
Size is everything when it comes to a statement rug. After all, the rug can anchor the whole room. There are general rules you can follow when it comes to choosing the size of your statement rug. If you plan to add a rug, which will cover most of your floor area, such as wood flooring, leave three feet on every side. This way, you'll find if you leave the edges bare, this will make your room appear a little larger. In fact, this look can work wonderfully in a bedroom.
In a dining room, for example, make sure there will be plenty of room for chairs to be pulled out fully. In fact, the back legs should stay on the rug at all times. We suggest around 24-25 inches on every side from the table should work with your design. Also, if you plan to introduce a runner to a hallway, allow for the design to be four inches narrower in width and 18 or so inches shorter.
Rug colour choices
Your statement rug could be the focal point in your room so why not choose your colour ways first then work these into the overall interior design? At Matthew Wailes, we offer interior designers, decorators and architects literally thousands of colours to choose from. We'll even colour match if you're looking for a statement rug to tie in with your existing colour scheme.
You can request our new Studio Colour Box to help you select colours in your studio
Studio Colour Box
However, we realise time can be tight, especially for a whole house project. So, we recently introduced our new compact Studio Colour Box, which is filled with 200 of our customers' favourite silk and wool colour ways. We find it's a great way for interior designers and decorators to make your colour selections in your own studio. This way, you can create a beautiful statement rug from any of our custom colour products and online design library. If you use the colour box, we can produce custom samples and orders with the utmost efficiency so this is a great design tool.
As open-plan rooms are an on-going trend for the luxury home, a statement rug can provide a more seamless divide between one area and the next. If the area you have is large and open, you'll find a rug will also help to absorb sound. However, it will look stylish, too and you can use this accessory to define a certain space. For example, in a kitchen diner, placing a rug under the dining room table can provide definition for the eating area in the hub of the home.
You can also use two rugs of the same size in one open-plan room, too, to visually separate the area into two spaces. However, it's good to choose complementary styles for a more harmonious finish.
This beautiful statement rug leads you from the hallway into the living room in this project
A statement rug can provide a perfect way in which to connect one area or room to the next. In fact, the hallway is one such area which will always benefit from a luxury rug. This is where you may want to draw the eye to other connecting rooms, so the rug creates a pathway. A luxury rug in a hallway will also instantly add warmth to this area. Why not choose the same colour way as the adjoining rooms too? This way, you'll benefit from a more cohesive finish.
Here, our LuxuryEco Nautilus circular rug works well with a combination of angular lines and curves in this living area
The perfect shape?
Now this will all depend on your surroundings. At Matthew Wailes, we realise that a rug doesn't have to come in the shape of a rectangle. Therefore, the shape you choose could be dictated by the way in which you arrange your furniture. Sometimes, you'll find an oval or circular shape will complement your design much better than a rectangular version.
Pattern and colour on a rug can make an instant statement in a room
A patterned statement rug can work wonders if you're looking to add more interest to a room. This way, you'll find your rug could take centre stage in a project and you'll work around that rug's colours and patterns to produce a harmonious room. However, if you're working with a room where you've already chosen patterned accessories, for example, you may want to tone everything down with a rug in a subtler pattern. This way, you can still create a style statement but it will be more toned down for a sophisticated approach to your design.
So, a rug really can set the right tone for an entire space. Get in touch now to arrange an appointment to see our beautiful bespoke handmade and LuxuryEco rug collections on 020 7 349 7168.