When you think about a new rug for a room, probably the first thing you do is reach for a tape measure. Obviously, the rug has to fit the space – there is nothing worse than buying a large rug and then finding you can’t open the door – but you should also consider the shape as well, because using a round rug can really give a floor space some definition. Most rooms, perhaps obviously, are square or rectangular and this is reinforced by how we place the furniture – normally around the walls or opposite other items. Think two sofas facing or a couple of bookcases and chairs around the wall. If you introduce a round rug into this scenario, it gives a bit of fluidity and makes the whole area look less formal.
Does your dining room look a bit like a dentist’s waiting area?
It is a problem with dining rooms – especially if you have a dining table that folds down small – that the chairs end up around the room and it looks like a waiting area. If you put a large rug or a rectangular rug in there, this only reinforces that look. But if you put a round rug in the space, you immediately bring a few curves into the mix and it looks more like a home and less like somewhere you go to get your molars filled. If your room is quite small a round rug will make it look more roomy by disguising where the room ends – the eye is drawn to the curves and not to the corners. If you use a round rug in your lounge you can take it further if you are lucky enough to have a feature fireplace, because you can get half circles (sometimes called semi-lunar for obvious reasons) in the same pattern which will finish off the look. This looks particularly good if you use traditional rug designs, but will work with anything, including bright colours.
A shape for every location
Some areas in the home lend themselves to certain shapes – hall runners speak for themselves of course and bathroom rugs are often shaped to go along the side of the tub or around toilet pedestals – but in other rooms, it can be fun to experiment. Round rugs are often a cheaper option for large spaces, because the area they take up is smaller (no corners!) and they are also easier to fit in if your furniture is too big and heavy to move. If you have decided to go for traditional rugs throughout your home, you can bring a bit of variety into the mix by choosing round rugs in certain rooms, but sticking to the same pattern or, if that isn’t possible, the same colourways. Using a different shape makes the rug much more of a talking point and looks a lot more like a conscious design choice rather than a last minute decision because it will ‘do’. Look like a design expert – lay a round rug!