How to use rugs in your interior

Let’s take a look at how to use rugs in your interior, it’s easy once you learn a few basics. Promise!

Before we start, there are two events coming up at Studio Black worth calling home about.  Firstly, next week our designer Fabric and Flowers evening and then in early June, the Lou Brown Design Colour Workshop – both will be loads of fun so see you there!

Under the foot of your bed

There’s nothing better than hopping out of bed and sinking your feet into a soft, plush rug. Especially with the cooler months knocking at the door; it’s the perfect way to cosify your abode.

When placing a rug under the foot of your bed, you want the rug to extend at least 500mm either side and the foot of your bed. So for a queen or king bed, a standard 2000mm x 3000mm rug will work. If you have space, you could opt for two runners either side of your bed, rather than one at the foot.



Layer them

Layering rugs is a great way to add extra texture and warmth to your space. The key is to use a smaller rug over a bigger rug. You can either place the smaller rug, so it’s nicely centred over the larger rug or have a smaller rug (like a sheepskin) hanging off the larger one (this looks so cute and cosy in a nursery). Play around, have some fun and see what you like best – it’s easy!


Large is best

I recently went to a product launch at one my wholesalers, and they asked the room full of interior designers what we’d like to see more of. The response was united, we all want to see more large-scale rugs coming through the product ranges. People no longer want small rugs with furniture surrounding the edge; they want large rugs with furniture placed on the top and there’s a good reason for this – it looks amazing!

lou_brown_auckland_interior_designer_82Yes you can use different rugs in the same room, here’s how…


You might have a large open area, where you’d like to define each space (dining and living) by using two rugs. The key is to have some sort of correlation between the rugs. Whether its texture, style, colour or pattern. For example, you could have two rugs that are different patterns but have a similar colour palette. Or you could have two rugs that have different colours but are the same style, and so on. Of course, whatever two rugs you select, they need to complement the palette of the room. Read on for more info…

Accent colour – restraint and balance

Pick at least one colour from your rug and reference this somehow in the rest of your furnishings. Don’t go overboard, just pick two elements. This picture below references the yellow in the rug beautifully, through the artwork and the light shade. When working with bright accent colours not only do you want to practice restraint, but also think about the distribution of colour. For example, in this picture, they’ve used yellow on the ceiling, the wall and the floor, evenly distributing the accent colour and giving the interior balance.



Looking forward to seeing you at Studio Black next week for our Fabric and Flowers evening and then at the Lou Brown Design Colour Workshop!

Still have a burning rug question? Ask me in the “leave a reply” section below and I’ll reply asap 🙂

Hayley x


Interior Designer, BDVA (HONS)

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