THE WARM FUZZIES // how to find the perfect rug to warm up your home

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As the dark evenings close in and lockdown 2.0 rumbles on, heaven is a snuggly blanket and a Netflix marathon… the last thing you need is to send your body into shock every time your feet connect with the frigid floor.

Nothing beats a gorgeous solid wood floor for a timeless, classy look. In winter, however, they can be rather unforgiving. The obvious choice is to invest in a rug, both to warm those boards and to add that extra design element to your room.

These days there’s no end to the range of styles, patterns and colours to choose from, and there’s a rug to suit every budget. With a huge number of online retailers, you don’t even need to leave your sofa.

So, how to you ensure you’re choosing the perfect rug for your home?

Choosing the perfect rug for your home - geometric rug
Holden geometric rug, from £299, Made.com
Choosing the perfect rug for your home - bold black & white pattern
Turnabouts Black, from £349, Woven.co.uk

The first thing you need to figure out is the size of your rug – too big and it can overwhelm your room, too small and it will get swallowed up.

It should be a bit bigger than the footprint of your furniture (if you’re umm’ing and aah’ing between two sizes go up, rather than down).

Colourful rug
Celestial Rug Sunset, from £99, Fy!
Dakari Imari grey rug, from £40, Woven.co.uk

Work out your colour scheme – are you looking for vibrant colours, or muted neutrals?

Next, decide on the design; do you want your rug to blend in, or stand out? Do you want a simple flat weave, or a thick, luxurious pile?

Black & cream patterned Fy! rug
Kamala rug, from £89, Fy!
Bold colourful rug - The Rug Seller
Seaweed rug, from £514, The Rug Seller

Finally work out how much you want to spend.

Rugs can vary from £50 to £5000, depending on how and what they’re made of, but look carefully and you’ll find something to suit every pocket. Clever modern synthetics also mean you can achieve a high-end look with a modest budget.

By choosing the perfect rug for your home you won’t just keep your feet warm through winter, you’ll add design and flair to any room.

Patterned rug - Made.com
Camden Diamond Rug, from £199, Made.com

Top image: Grey Faux Fur Sheepskin, from £57.60, The Rug Seller

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