The Rug Report

I love rugs! They are an absolute game changer in an interior and can totally transform a space. I love how they can define a room or area or add that bit of pattern and colour that takes a room from bland to wow!

There are some factors one should consider when choosing the right rug for your space…

There is a school of thought that dictates that the feet of your furniture should be ON the rug, and if you have a rug in your bedroom, the rug should be under your bed so that you step directly onto something soft from your bed. As a designer I do agree in this thinking as sometimes a rug can look a bit insignificant if used incorrectly or leave a room ‘floating’, BUT I do also think that rugs are such a good layering tool and introduce so much more to a space than the practicalities that if you love it, use it! Layering is totally on point, so if you have a favorite rug that is just a tad too small, put it on top of a larger contrasting one and you are good to go! Here are some images that will hopefully aid you in deciding the right size rug for your space….

All the furniture 'legs' are on!
All the furniture ‘feet’ are on!
See how the chairs are all properly on the rug...
In a dining room it is best for your chairs to still be on the rug when pulled out from the table….
Step out of bed onto a rug. A rug at the foot of the bed also looks good
Step out of bed onto a rug. A rug at the foot of the bed also looks good


Another consideration when choosing a rug is pattern. I just love a patterned rug and have seen the benefits time and time again! If your room is already quite busy with pattern then obviously tone it down a bit, but if you are needing something to ‘finish’ your space off, then a bit of pattern on the floor will do just that and more! Same can be said about texture and colour.

There is so much on the market in South Africa these days when it comes to rugs. Some rugs so beautiful they are like works of art for your floor. If you have the budget, then take a look at Paco Rugs. These are ultra luxurious rugs and their Rug Revolution range is really inspired with contemporary abstract art designs. I have to say a Paco Rug is on my personal “Interior Wishlist” for sure!

Love it, want it!
Love it, want it!

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Kilims, Dhurries and natural woven rugs are extremely on trend at the moment. I think there is an appreciation towards anything authentic and hand crafted these days, and so the weaving and looming process that goes into making these rugs as well as the materials used and how they feel underfoot, make them very desirable. I follow Coral and Hive on Instagram and have to say I love their rugs and am waiting for the perfect interior to use one in!

Natural beauties from Coral and Hive
Natural beauties from Coral and Hive

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Other rugs popular at the moment is the vintage distressed look. This type of design is really versatile as they look equally good in both classical interiors (bringing it a bit up to date) and a super contemporary space (offering some contrast.) Hertex Fabrics has a fab range of rugs in lots of different designs, sizes and colours and they are well priced too. (You can get yours from Styleast!)

Tradition remixed with the vintage distressed  look
Tradition remixed with the vintage distressed look

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I recently did a project that I needed a few rugs for. The one rug we got was from Spanish designer Lorena Canals range. These rugs are awesome for kids rooms and nurseries and are totally machine washable which is a big plus for all mommies out there. Superbalist as well as Clever Little Monkey are suppliers of these rugs. Superbalist have a great range of well priced rugs and they are constantly updating their range so take a look ….

Great washable rugs for kids rooms and nurseries in all shapes, patterns and colours
Great washable rugs for kids rooms and nurseries in all shapes, patterns and colours

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A well priced fun patterned rug from Superbalist - love the tassel fringe!
A well priced fun patterned rug from Superbalist – love the tassel fringe!

A great rug is timeless, an heirloom which can be passed down the generations. So the best advice I can give you is to invest in something you love, and don’t be shy in size or pattern!

The grass isn’t Greener…

Every year the Pantone Colour Institute announces it’s Colour of the Year and everyone in the design and fashion industry takes note. I’m going to put myself out there by saying this (don’t slate me!), but I don’t think this colour prediction actually influences the world of interiors too much ….well certainly not here in South Africa!(this is my own opinion!)

I look at back at past Colours of the Year and how little of an impact they actually made in interior decorating and design…2014 was Radiant Orchid, a shade of Lilac. I actually had to look this up as I had no recollection of the colour it was so insignificant! 2015 was Marsala, a wine Red. Last year was the dual combination of Rose Quartz (light Pink) and Serenity (a pale Blue)… Whilst these colours I feel did come through in fashion and other design disciplines perhaps; in interiors they did not really make a statement and certainly did not have any longevity. We were not painting walls deep red or upholstering chairs in pale pastel shades….

Will 2017 be any different?

This year the colour is Greenery, a acid/limey Green. Whilst I am not surprised that the colour is Green, I am surprised at the tone and saturation of it (hello bright!) I am totally crushing towards a darker more richer hunter-green this year and really do feel like that is a colour to watch as opposed to its more vibrant relative. I do understand the theory behind the colour choice tho, which is to reconnect with nature, along with its properties of been an optimistic, uplifting, positive colour amongst a world of change…. (American political uncertainty perhaps?!)

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How will this colour be translated into interiors this year? I definitely think the approach of ‘less is more” is the way to go. I have included some images below of contemporary interiors that have introduced this pop colour effectively and stylishly.

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The colour works well in this grey toned minimalistic interior
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Greenery in a small amount works well with warm wood
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This moody dark Green is my colour crush! i love how the Greenery pops off it
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White really makes the colour pop!

I am loving indoor plants and foliage at the moment and do think this is a great way to bring a bit of Greenery into your interior successfully as well encompassing the spirit behind the colour choice!

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What are your thoughts on the 2017 colour of the year? I’d love to hear your comments!