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Everything you need to know on how to style a rug

Everything you need to know on how to style a rug

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Adding a rug to your living space can instantly transform the room and elevate the overall look of your home. But if you’re on a budget or don’t have confidence in your interior design skills, it can be difficult to know where to begin. We’ll take care of that and how you some affordable ways to style a rug and add warmth, comfort, and style to your home.



When choosing a rug, consider its size, material, and the pattern that best fits the dimensions of your room. If you want to increase the organic feel, then choose one created from natural fibres like sisal or jute. Although they might not feel as cosy on your feet as a synthetic option. Polypropylene and polyester feel so much softer to stroke your toes over. Then consider your existing décor, and match – or mismatch – your chosen rug to your own style.

We have collected rugs and runners in various sizes, all created from high-quality offcuts. They would’ve been destined for landfill so we’re so delighted we’ve found a way to give new material a second life. Some are available in wool so you’re getting a luxury product for a great value for money price, as well as others created from lush polypropylene that’s so cosy to touch.

If you buy a carpet from Tapi, we’ve also come up with a clever way to make the most of your purchase. We’ll create a bespoke rug or runner from any large remnants and whip them into shape with our carpet whipping service.

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How to position an area rug

It sounds too simple to be true, you just lie the rug on the ground, right? But believe it or not, there’s a skill to making your rug look at its best, whether you’re hoping to position a rug in a bedroom or under a bed, or in your living room.

How to style a rug in a living room

A large rug can delineate the seating area in your living room, while a smaller rug can add cosiness to a reading nook or a workspace. By creating designated zones, you add functionality and style to your home. But it’s important to ‘anchor’ the rug by placing it under furniture rather than having it ‘float’ in the middle of a room. And do think about the size of the rug. It’s usually better to go for bigger than smaller otherwise the proportions can seem wrong and it ends up looking like a mat!

How to position a rug in your bedroom

You may be happy enough with your bedroom carpet, but need to cover some parts of it, or just want to create a snug atmosphere. That’s where a rug or two comes in. Layering rugs on top of carpet, or each other, an excellent way to add depth and texture to your space without spending a fortune. Start with a large, neutral rug as the base, then place a smaller, patterned rug on top to create a visually appealing focal point. Of course, this technique works well in living rooms or anywhere too, and it adds a Bohemian chic touch.

For a touch of British charm, consider traditional rug styles like Persian or Oriental rugs. These timeless classics bring elegance and sophistication to any room. Look for vintage or second-hand options at local flea markets, charity shops, or online platforms to find affordable treasures that exude character and history.

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Rug care and maintenance

To keep your rug looking its best, remember to vacuum it regularly to prevent dust and dirt build-up. Rotate the rug occasionally to ensure even wear. In case of spills, act quickly to prevent stains by blotting the area with a clean cloth and using a mild cleaning solution suitable for your rug's material. Proper care and maintenance will extend the life of your rug and keep it looking fresh.

Styling a rug on a budget doesn't mean compromising on style or quality. By following our budget-friendly ideas and rug styling tips, you can create a charming and inviting space in your home and a rug could be a key element in transforming your living space. At Tapi, we’re here to help. Pop into your nearest store and see our selection of rugs to take away now or ask about our whipping service when you buy a carpet with us.

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Published: 20-07-2023