Design your own carpet – continued

Purchasing or designing a rug is a great adventure. It might seem like a daunting task at times, but Pierre has identified some questions you can ask yourself to help keep you focused.

Previously we have discussed the following questions:

  • Where would you like to place the item?
  • What is the size of the room?
  • What shape would you like the rug to be?

Here are some more tips to consider:

How much and what kind of light is used in the room?
Light definitely helps set a mood in any room. It’s what sets the ambiance. So keep in mind what mood you’re trying to create. Darker shades tend to create warmer cosier environments whilst a lighter palette enhances the sense of openness and airiness.

And try – obviously when possible – to keep your rug out of direct harsh and extreme light so as to prevent any premature colour fading.

How often do you use this room?

Do people have to walk through this room to get to other living areas? Is this room a major living area? Or is it a separate room that only gets used occasionally. The amount of foot traffic in the room, and therefore on the carpet, will help determine which texture to use. A hemp bast fibre carpet is ideal for high traffic areas.

Does the room have a specific theme, look or colour?
Let the “theme” or “look” of the room along with the colours used in the room help guide you as to what texture, colour and design to choose for your rug. Most interiors call for a rug that will fit into the bigger scheme of things; a rug that draws the other furnishings together .

But then again, contrasting antique furniture with a modern, sleek rug can work just as well as a traditional Oriental rug with ultra modern furniture.