How to Choose Designer Rugs, Carpets and Runners

Incorporating rugs, carpets, and runners into your interior design can transform a room and make the space more functional. From bedrooms and guest suites to dining rooms and living spaces, luxury designer rugs can – and should – be used in a variety of different environments.

However, knowing how to choose rugs and finding the right carpets and runners is essential. Both the sizing and style will have a significant impact on the overall feel of a room, which is why it’s worth taking the time to get it right.

How to Choose Rugs

If you’re renovating your home or redesigning a particular room, be sure to select designer rugs or runners first. When a rug is the first element of the décor that you select, you can ensure that all subsequent pieces complement the flooring. In many ways, carpets and rugs are the foundation of a design but they’re also the piece that ties the entire aesthetic together. If you have the freedom to select luxury designer rugs before you choose furniture, it’s always best to do so.

If your room is already decorated and designed to your taste, you needn’t start over simply to incorporate new rugs, carpets, and runners but you will need to take the existing décor into account. When current décor and fabrics are patterned, for example, choose a solid colour rug that doesn’t compete for attention, like the Tilt Hand Tufted Rug by Hands Carpets. Conversely, patterned rugs and runners, like the Sunset Dreams Rug by Matthew Williamson, can make a statement in neutral spaces.

Mistral Hand Knotted Rug Rust Silk by Hands Carpets

Living Room Rugs

Living areas are an ideal space for luxury designer rugs, particularly if you want to make the space feel warmer and more inviting. When choosing an area rug, select the largest size that works with the room, as a rug that’s too small can affect the proportions of the space. However, you’ll want to leave at least a foot of space between the rugs and walls or doorways.

When placing furniture on the best rugs, ensure that at least part of the furniture sits on the fabric. For example, the two front legs of a chair should sit atop the rug, rather than on the floor surrounding it. This can make a space feel larger and prevents the rug from becoming purely a visual piece.

If you have an open plan living space, you can use luxury rugs to segment the space while retaining a flexible atmosphere. Be sure to leave at least two feet between rugs, carpets, and runners to prevent the space from feeling overcrowded.

Matthew Williamson Atlas Sky Blue Rug by Matthew Williamson

Dining Room Rugs

If you have a separate dining room, a designer rug can be the perfect addition to your carefully curated design. Depending on the size of the room, choose an area rug that accommodates your dining table and all of the chairs, even when they’re pulled out. This creates a central element in the room and allows you to use tablescapes to style the dining area and the room as a whole.

When you’re adding a rug or carpet to your dining room, mimic the shape of your dining table with the fabric. For circular tables, try a circular rug, like the Iris Ikat Grey Rug by Matthew Williamson, while rectangular dining tables can look exquisite atop a rectangular rug, such as the Nesso Rug by Scarlet Splendour.

Matthew Williamson Oh So Sisco Burnt Orange Rug by Matthew Williamson

Bedroom Rugs

When you want to add warmth and comfort to a bedroom, luxury designer rugs are the ultimate accessories. An area rug can look exquisite in a bedroom, providing you have the room to place your bed and bedside tables on top of the rug while leaving sufficient space around the perimeter.

Additionally, designer runners can be used superbly in bedrooms. Place a runner on one or both sides of the bed to add softness to the design. This works particularly in smaller bedrooms, where an area rug might be too much.

As bedroom rugs don’t necessarily need to be as durable as living room or dining room rugs, you can choose a fabric that’s super-soft underfoot and a design that exudes comfort to create a relaxing and nurturing environment.

Touch Me Plain Rug in Woven Yarn Red by Stepevi

Hallways, Kitchens and Stairs

With the right sizing and styling, adding luxury designer rugs to hallways, kitchens and stairs can add the finishing touches to your interior design. Hallways and stairs are often overlooked, which is why it’s essential to use appropriate pieces to extend the flow of your design to these areas of your property.

Luxury designer runners work exceptionally well here, as they don’t overcrowd a limited space. Similarly, incorporating a runner into your kitchen design can enable you to lift the aesthetic without overcrowding a room that’s typically filled with functional items.

The Tiles Runner in Teal by Jennifer Manners and the Vetiver Rug by Hommes Studio are just two examples of designer rugs that can look spectacular in hallways, kitchens and on staircases. 

Ambony Hand Tufted Rug Light Grey by Hands Carpets

Layering Rugs

To create more of an impact, layer more than one rug and enhance the visual appeal. Adding a rug with an irregular shape, like the Ahron Rug or the Jaxon Rug, both by Hommes Studio, to a square or rectangular rug can instantly elevate the design of a room.

In large spaces, such as open plan living areas or bedroom suites, layering area rugs by placing one corner of a rug atop another, can be an effective way to create a more intimate environment. Similarly, placing a circular rug on top of a square rug can inject different shapes and visual variety into a vast space.

Incorporating Designer Rugs, Carpets, and Runners into Your Home

As you can see, luxury rugs, carpets, and runners can be added to virtually any room and work exceedingly well. Providing you take the sizing into account and use the material, pattern, and colour to bring your interior design together, you can’t go wrong by adding texture and softness to your interior with designers rugs, carpets, and runners.