The addition of rugs in a space should bring warmth, colour and texture BUT, although we spend hours searching for the rug, what can happen is that our judgement becomes skewed.

Faced with row upon row of lovely rugs, soft to the touch and in a range of colours and patterns that dazzle us, we opt for one that we fall in love with.

There is nothing wrong with this, right?! In essence, no there isn’t. After all, it is how we make the majority of decisions in life. Judgements, decisions and choices are emotional resolutions but, our very emotions can lead us astray.

We may not be choosing the right rug, for the right place for the right reasons. Wouldn’t we all love cream carpets, for example? But with a house full of kids, dogs and a cat, there is no way that cream carpet would stay pristine.

And yet, at some point in the buying process, we opt for the cream carpet… and spend the rest of our Saturday afternoons for eternity, vacuuming and cleaning it so that it looks something like a cream colour…

See where we are coming from? Choosing a rug can place us in exactly the same position. We know what we should be choosing, and why but somehow, we keep on being pulled over from the perfect-fit-exactly-what-you-are-looking-for rug section, to the choices that are not the best… but we love them.

Getting the best of both worlds

It is possible, however, to fall in love with the rug that is also a perfect fit for your home. There are thousands upon thousands of rugs to choose from, with price tags that vary so, as you enter the fray and choose the rug, avoid these 4 rug buying mistakes…

1) Rug material MUST match function

EVERY room - and we mean every room – is ripe for the addition of a rug BUT, it has to be made from the right material for the purpose. Rug in the kitchen? Not a problem but you need to choose a material that will withstand the rigours of split food, odours and so forth… in other words, choose a material that can be washed or scrubbed.

Likewise, the range of flokati and shaggy rugs is every increasing and are simply delicious underfoot by the bed but not so good around the dining table, where the kids drop the baked beans on it or the dog thinks it is an extension of their bed.

Get the picture? In areas where they will be punished on a daily basis, think short pile rugs that are easy to clean or wash.

2) Buying a rug that is too small for the space

Remember as a teenager always being shouted at for leaving your towel crumpled on the floor? With a rug that is too small for the room, this is the appearance it will have – someone has left the towel or bathmat in the middle of the lounge.

However, there is no hard and fast rule on what size rug should be in what sized room so, we cannot help with a scientific equation, except to say that if the rug is going to sit in the centre of the room, it needs to form a fairly major part of the décor.

There is no compensation for getting your tape measure out, maybe even creating a template out of stuck together newspaper to get the idea of how big, small or lost a rug will look in a room.

3) Don’t be fearful

We can be driven too far in the opposite direction of being too functional and too practical when it comes to choosing the right rug. Fearful of making a rug faux pas we opt for the tried and test every time…

Every home need a sparks of fun and vigour so, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colours. However, avoid garish clashes by choosing 3 colours maximum and working them together.

You can mix patterns too. Keep the pattern the same e.g. flowers, but vary the size and impact of the pattern, such as large blossoms on the rug and ditsy flowers on the cushions and so on. Keep colours similar and you have a delightful, fun setting.

4) Not keeping them clean… enough

Housework, vacuuming, mopping, steam cleaning, whatever you want to call it, there is no denying that it is not the way many of will choose to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. And, getting down on your hands and knees to get all that ingrained dirt and detritus out of your rug is also probably fairly low down on your list of priorities.

But, it needs to be done, simple because dirt in rugs fibres have abrasive actions every time someone walks over it. Clean your rugs well – or get them professionally done – and they will last far longer.

These 4 ‘rules’ are simple and easy to follow. Has it made choosing a rug simpler?