To celebrate the addition of Bay Blue, Portobello Pink and Leighton Teal to the Complementary Colour Collection, we sat down with Milly Wright, Creative Director at The Rug Company, to get her advice on styling these sumptuous rugs.
Milly’s Guide to Styling:
Rugs are the perfect way to anchor and define a space. To me, a room without a rug feels unfinished, and these beautiful new shades are the perfect way to complete a space – especially one painted in any of the nine new Farrow & Ball colours. While there are no rules for how to place a rug, there is usually a size that feels just right and balanced within a room.
LIVING ROOM A | THE RUG COMPANY
LIVING ROOM B | THE RUG COMPANY
Top Tips on Rug Placement:
- As a rule, a seating area needs a rug to make it feel complete. In a large open-plan space, rugs can be used to define different areas and create rooms within rooms.
- Avoid choosing a rug that is too small – it can end up looking lost, so it is much better to choose a more generous size that flows under and unifies the furniture (Living room A, above). In this case, leave sufficient extra space around all the furniture so it does not appear ‘perched’ on the edge of the rug. Alternatively, placing the rug about half way under sofas and chairs can look just right (Living room B, above).
- Some styles of furniture work best when left off the rug. Smaller pieces, such as side-tables, are generally best either on or off the rug rather than half-half. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer and wider than the furniture and not too far from the seating.
“As a rule, a seating area needs a rug to make it feel complete"
DINING ROOM | THE RUG COMPANY
For a dining room (above), a large rug under the table will deaden the sound in the room and bring colour, pattern and texture. The silk border rug gives an elegant touch and works very well around a dining room table. Or, use it around the outside edge of floating furniture to make it feel anchored within the space. Ideally, the rug should be in proportion to the table and larger than it. This ensures there is sufficient space to pull out a chair and sit down without the back legs coming off the rug.
BEDROOM A | THE RUG COMPANY
For a bedroom, the rug is best placed underneath the bed, framing it but stopping short of the side tables (Bedroom A, above) or running all the way to the end of the wall at the headboard end. This allows for a soft rug underfoot when getting out of bed in the morning!
In terms of texture, the plain wool rugs lend themselves well to understated interiors, bringing everything together. The cut and loop stripe textures, meanwhile, add a subtle point of interest.