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Rug Zone Blog http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php?tempskin=_atom The Rug Zone Blog b2evolution 2022-05-28T15:54:50Z Where to find all wool traditional bespoke rugs custom made to your required size Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/traditional-custom-made-rugs 2018-07-09T01:18:00Z 2021-06-04T16:27:42Z
Where to find all wool traditional bespoke rugs custom made to your required size

Bespoke rugs aren't a new concept, custom-made rugs have been commissioned for over five hundred years, albeit for the palaces and castles of kings and noblemen. One of the goals of iwantarug.com is to make custom-made rugs available to virtually everyone, not just the rich and famous.

We wanted to achieve something our competitors don’t appear to attempt, traditional designed bespoke rugs that you can resize and colour online. However, producing a hand tufted bespoke traditional rug can have its difficulties, as most traditional rug designs are a mish-mash of really complex woven motifs. These are difficult to replicate using high-speed hand-tufting guns. Hand weaving the rugs with the complexity of design and the extended time to weave, just make the job too expensive.

Nothing is insurmountable for those who try, we took a look back through history at some ancient and nomadic designs to try and emulate our ancestors. We tend to think of stripes and tartans as modern, yet the Kelts were wearing tartan some three thousand years ago and Joseph in the Old Testament, sported his coat of many colours, which we assume was striped. So, while these design styles are without any doubt traditional, we don’t see them as so, we really wanted designs with a little more Persian styling.

Traditional rug designs as we recognise them reached their popularity back in Persia (Iran) under the Safavid Dynasty (1502-1736) which is relatively recent. However, rug production in various forms has been around since the 5th century BC. Nomadic tribes appear to have been the main weavers of these rugs as they served a practical purpose of protection from the cold ground. Weaving also meant they didn’t use the hides of the precious livestock.

Nomadic Weavers

The Silk Road was a passageway for many nomadic tribes and also the main artery to the east and China to obtain the silk to weave fine clothing and furnishings. Silk was particularly fashionable with the uber-rich in furnishings like rugs because it is very fine and has a natural sheen. This meant any rug produced in silk would have millions of knots making the detail of the design ultra-high definition.

The high cost of silk meant most rugs were produced using wool that was sourced locally. Because wool was bulkier than silk, it took fewer knots to cover the surface, producing the rug faster also reduced costs. Today with all our technology we have exactly the same problems, it goes without saying, you still have to be worth a bob or two to afford a genuine silk hand-knotted rug.

Yarn used for traditional bespoke rugs

While rug production dates back as far as the 5th century BC and flourished in Persia, Turkey and Eastern Asia. In Europe, it seems that rug production was only prevalent in Moorish occupied regions of Spain. It was only in the 13th century when Marco Polo claimed that carpet production was thriving in Central Asia, Turkey and Persia that Europe jumped on the band waggon.

So, rug weaving really came to Europe with a bang some 400 years ago when the rug factory Savonnerie in Paris, France, started making their own style of design. Based on traditional Persian classics combined with French florals and bold cornice designs that reflected the ornate ceilings of the French chateaus. At iwantarug.com we want to emulate the creativity of the French renaissance designers, but in a very different way.

Our bespoke traditional designs are probably more what the Americans call ‘Transitional’, that’s a traditional design with a modern twist. Fortunately, traditional rugs have countless manifestations, our influences mainly originate from nomadic tribes. It seemed fairly obvious that because nomadic rugs were more functional and weavers have fewer resources at hand, their rug patterns would be simpler and more clunky in design. To some degree this is true, the stars on a nomadic rug are easier to replicate in hand tufting than the complex centre motif, trailing foliage and ornate corners of a Nain (city) rug. But what really makes a nomadic rug stand out is the warm distinctive colours which give it the ability to sit comfortably with either traditional or modern decor.

Tribal rug design

We also needed some variation, something with a traditional elegance that could be easily replicated on a hand-tufted rug. The inspiration came while watching the Netflix television series, ‘Marco Polo’, and in particular, the rugs that covered the floors, walls and doors of the Mongolian yurts.

After some research, we discovered that these rugs were a non-woven felt rug made by wetting and compressing wool. The nature of the production meant the medallion designs were bold with a simplistic sophistication.

We’ve also added some Navajo style and Turkish Kilim type designs along with typical Chinese patterns and there’s a collection of borders and motifs to allow you to design your own. We believe our designs have the ambience of a classic rug and would sit comfortably in most traditional surroundings.

Visit our website iwantarug.com to see just what you can create with our online design software.

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Bespoke rugs you can custom make to your size and colour Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/bespoke-rugs-you-can-custom-make 2018-05-05T16:34:00Z 2019-11-12T22:16:22Z
Bespoke rugs you can custom make to your size and colour
Bespoke rugs you can custom make to your size and colour
From practical experience, we know that designing and producing a rug from scratch isn’t easy, there are just so many variables of colour, design, size, shape and texture. So, developing a website where customers can design, size and colour their own bespoke rugs was a challenge to say the least. We believe we’ve achieved this by putting ourselves in the customer's shoes and throwing away the rulebook, we’ve literally taken online rug design back to the drawing board. Prepare to be amazed at our new rug website iwantarug.com, the site offers rugs that can be designed and coloured with ease.

Bespoke Rug Collection

Why is iwantarug.com different to competitors websites?

Most bespoke rug suppliers target their wares to architects and interior designers, let's face it, the average customer is either unaware that this service exists, or believes the prices will be exorbitant. We want to give the ordinary person who is looking for unusual sizes, off the wall colours, odd shapes or something really unique, a chance to create something that stands out from the crowd.

We asked ourselves the question, what do customers really want? Simplicity, choice and innovation at realistic prices? Yes, they want that, but they also want to feel in control of the finished rug too. The mindset, the colour set, that feeling from concept to completion. Because this is a unique piece of handmade carpet we believe it’s so important that our clients feel it’s their creation.

Custom rugs you design

We know that finding the right combination of colour and design can be allies, the eye is naturally drawn to attractive and familiar shapes and hues. Finding something visually appealing that you can work with is often better than starting from scratch. For that reason, many of our designs have pre-set pattern and colour banks just waiting for you to add the accent colouration. As with any bespoke product we are happy to tweak these pre-set colours to suit your requirements.

The main difference with iwantarug.com is the client can use the online software to re-colour and resize elements of the rug. The designs can be saved, downloaded and printed. The design app will also give a complete price of the rug delivered to the customer's door.

Our design software is mobile friendly, which means you can colour, style and price on your mobile phone or iPad. The mobile-friendly app also gives busy architects and interior designers the power of suggesting designs and colours to their clients while on site.

design your own rugs

What do we offer?

Our main product is a 100% wool hand-tufted rug, available in any size from 60cm x 120cm up to 400cm x 600cm, available in 96 colour options. There is a huge choice of designs which you can colour and innovate to suit any room. Because we are dealing directly with the manufacturers in India, there is no middleman, which makes our bespoke prices and quality comparable to typical high street stores. The quality, finish and square metre price of our custom made rugs are often equivalent to, or better than off the shelf rugs offered by household names such as John Lewis and Debenhams.

By styling many of our colours to blend with popular paint brands such as Farrow & Ball, Fired Earth, The Paint Library, Sanderson, Morris & Co and The Little Greene Paint Company. We are confident that we can match up with the latest innovations in colour and design.

It doesn’t stop there. We also understand that essentially you want to see the colours and touch the quality of your new rug before production. Let’s face it, even with the best online custom design software in the world, it is unlikely that computer-generated colour and texture will simulate the actual rug. To that end, we’ve had colour samples produced in the exact quality of the rugs the client receive. Meaning clients can see the texture and colour, match up with colour charts while getting a true feel of the density of the pile of the rug. What we call taking out the guesswork.

Once the client has sized and produced a colour design online, it can be added to the Iwantarug.com shopping cart. The customer will be asked to pay a nominal fee to order the colour and feeler samples. We’ll post the samples and the design for approval before taking pay and ordering the finished rug.

Once the colours and design are confirmed, we send the patterns to India to be reproduced on the CAD (computer-aided design) software. This produces the production pattern template from which the rug is tufted from. The customer is sent emailed this pattern for final approval. Don’t be scared to tweak?

Tweaks to colour and design are an anticipated part of producing a custom-made rug, we encourage customers to talk to us to ensure we produce the perfect rug. We are happy to create images of the final design.

It’s possible the customer has a design idea of their own, that’s not a problem. Simply send us the design idea and we’ll do our very best to reproduce it. Or maybe the client has a business and is looking to create a rug with the company logo, again we thrive on every challenge. Just send us the logo and an idea of the size and shape of the rug you require.

All shapes and sizes

As a bespoke product, we a not simply limited to simple oblongs and circles. We can produce in virtually any shape and size. Contract and architectural

In today's business environment there are so many, weird and wonderful design concepts. Open areas used for seating and waiting particularly take up some unusual shapes. Finding a rug in a shape and size to make those areas feel more welcoming can be a daunting task. At iwantarug.com we relish finding solutions. We like to think out of the box, talk to us, send us your plans, we may just be your answer.

To summarise: At iwantarug.com we offer a colour bank of 96 colourways, we produce competitively priced bespoke rugs that are hand-tufted using 100% wool. The design, size and colouration of the rug are calibrated to suit you. We aim to deliver within 6 weeks of receiving a confirmed order.

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Why is my rug out of stock and why are lead times so long? Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/why-is-my-rug-out-of-stock 2017-10-11T16:01:00Z 2019-11-12T22:32:19Z
Why is my rug out of stock and why are lead times so long?
Why is my rug out of stock and why are lead times so long?
The American meteorologist Edward N. Lorenz came up with the concept of “The Butterfly Effect” to highlight the possibility that the smallest of actions may have significant effects. In the introduction to the Movie “The Butterfly Effect” the theory is summed up with the following quote:
“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world” - Chaos Theory

The Butterfly Effect, Chaos Theory

So, what has this to do with the long delivery delays on many rugs?

China is a major producer of modern handmade rugs, these are usually hand-tufted from materials such as acrylic or polyester. China is also the worlds largest producer of CO2 emissions, they create around 25% of the worlds CO2, burning nearly as much coal as the rest of the world put together. Because of this, China is currently battling with massive environmental issues, smog being one of the main culprits. To deal with this problem the Chinese government have had to step in with some drastic measures to reduce the relentless pollution in and around the major cities.

It’s fair to assume that China’s massive growth as an economy is largely down to turning a blind eye to the ecological issues. The main pollution is from heavy industries that burn fossil fuel; such as, steel, manufacturing and power.

While the actual production of rugs is primarily labour intensive and therefore not a direct hazard to the environment. Many of the manufactures backing plants use coal for the ovens, while the chemical plants that produce the polyester and acrylic fibre along with the dye facilities that colour the fibres do contribute to both air and water pollution if not checked.

With a serious health risk to the population and further problems with crop growth because smog is literally blocking the sunlight. It has reached a point when common sense must prevail. The Chinese government has acted to close some industries and severely restrict emissions to avoid events of apocalyptic proportions.

This action will cause a butterfly effect on much of China’s productivity and the ripples of these actions are now being felt around the world. In the case of rugs, many manufacturers are converting to gas for their backing plants while also struggling to get yarn supplies. The installation of gas powered backing plants combined with importing yarns from other countries will significantly increase the cost of the finished rug, making them uncompetitive.

The combination of poor supply and increased prices forces buyers and importers in Europe, America and the rest of the world to source the products elsewhere. Because things are never that straight-forward, this will initially increase demand, putting a strain on rug production in these areas of the world.

The logical place to source new rug producers is India, but there are differences between the yarns the Indians and Chinese work with, so its highly unlikely importers will achieve a like for like appearance of their existing products. New products are the likely result… and many importers across the world are currently scorching these new products.

At the same time, manufacturers of machine-made rugs in Turkey and the Middle East will be looking to increase their slice of the global trade. But there are limitations on colours and textures with machine-made rugs.

Importers will be forced to panic buy from the new supply chains and are likely to make errors in judgement. To counteract these potential errors they’ll probably order in smaller quantities initially, which will cause more delays when successful products sell out. The typical lead time, from order to delivery from India is three months, while an order from Turkey is six to eight weeks. Assuming there are no backlogs.

The environmental problems in China are likely to take decades to resolve. It’s going to take some time for importers to strike a balance between their suppliers in China and their suppliers in the rest of the world.

In the meantime, we are going to have to put up with delays on rugs and thousands of other products that are usually sourced from China.

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5 Ways to Layer Living Room Rugs Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/living-room-rugs 2017-09-21T01:28:00Z 2021-06-05T13:28:12Z Are you having trouble selecting the best living room rug for your home? Perhaps two have caught your eye and you can't decide which way to go.

Well, when done right, you can have both! Don't be afraid to layer your living room rugs for a warm and decadent look.

Let's explore the many ways you can mix and match your living room decor, introducing an array of colourful and patterned possibilities.

1. Choose a Natural Base

Starting with a natural colour for your base layer leaves you plenty of wiggle room for the top layer. A nice jute rug is just the ticket for the foundation of your layering adventures.

Then, base your top layer on the furniture in your room. If your furniture is neutral, use this as an opportunity to pop in some colourful and bold patterns.

If your furniture is already bright and colourful, then select a top layer that's one solid colour or minimally patterned.

The key here is to make sure you select living room rugs with similar details, colours or materials.

At the very least, keep your eye on one colour. Make sure one common colour weaves through each of your chosen layers.

2. Position Your Living Room Rugs Properly

Now that you have some lovely selections in hand, let's discuss their placement. Think of things from the perspective of the living room's perimeter and your furniture's feet.

That is, make sure the edges of the base layer of your living room rug are at least 12-14 inches from the room's perimeter.

The same goes for your top layer rug. Make sure the edges of that top layer are about 12 inches from the edges of its base layer.

Most interior decorators will tell you they cringe at the sight of living room rugs centred under a coffee table and nothing else.

They usually want to see an area rug laying underneath at least a portion of the surrounding living room furniture.

More specifically, make sure the front legs of your furniture are on top of your living room rugs. Better yet, choose a rug that will allow the back legs to sit upon it, too.

This style tip is nice because it also provides a soft landing for everybody's feet.

3. Have Fun with Hide

Faux hide, that is! Zebra print will immediately bring a bold and exotic twist to your living room decor.

Hide living room rugs do a couple of things. First, they put you at the top of the interior design trend list.

You already entered that top tier when you decided to layer your living room rugs. But, now, spicing it up with a hide rug illustrates a keen sense of design.

Second, their irregular shape and size make them the perfect top layer for your neutral base.

Rectangle on top of rectangle is a common layering practice. However, hide prints tend to come in unusual shapes and sizes, making them dance atop your neutral base colour with character and flair.

Shaggy rugs are the kings of layering, too. Their fluffy demeanour is all but made to sit atop layers of living room rugs.

Best of all, its plain white personality makes room for a canny switch.

With a white, fluffy shag, you can steer clear of a neutral undertone and set it atop a bit more colour or texture.

4. Go Bohemian

Okay, are you ready to get funky?

In this setting, think patchwork. A couple of Persian of Moroccan flat-weave rugs can create a bohemian oasis for the eyes (and feet).

All you have to do is make sure their edges are overlapping. And you can vary the amount of each edge that's covered by its neighbouring puzzle piece.

That said, this is the style you want to be very careful about. Since we're living on the edge and mixing bold patterns here, make sure you stick to a limited colour palette such as raspberry or blue.

It can't be stated enough. If you're ready to commit to the Persian or Moroccan theme, make sure one common colour weaves through each colourful piece. This will ensure cohesion throughout the integration of your bold patterns.

Rug pads are kind of "yesterday" but, in this instance, you'll want to use rug pads to lock these puzzle pieces together (and make sure nobody goes sliding across your puzzle board).

5. Triple Your Fun!

At this point, we've spent a lot of time layering two living room rugs. And that's generally a good starting point for your adventures in layering.

However, you can also go for three. If you're standing at the entrance to your living room, plan your triple layering action from neutral, to bold, to colourful.

That is, place your neutral layer first, cover its upper corner with something bolder, and finish the third layer with something colourful or patterned.

That last colourful or patterned piece should fit under the front feet of your loveseat or reading chair. Even better, see if it can stretch all the way to the back feet of whatever sofa or chair it's nestling underneath.

All this planning will keep your living room open and airy, and prevent the danger of overstuffing your space.

Final Thoughts

Do what makes you happy!

It's you who'll walk on these living room rugs every day. Choose colour selections and patterns that will make you smile when you walk into your living room.

In the end, layering actually saves you money. Wall-to-wall carpeting comes at a price. Layering a few low-cost pieces together covers your floors efficiently and colourfully.

Best of all, should you ever grow weary of your carpeting, layering allows you to make changes over time.

If you ever outgrow the zebra vibe, you can slip a nice Persian into its place.

Here at RugZone, we've got all your layering needs covered. From neutral to colourful, we'll help you layer your living room stylishly and comfortably.

Come visit our showroom! We'd be delighted to give you a tour of our eclectic selections.

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Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/rugs-uk-styling-tips 2017-08-14T03:54:00Z 2017-08-14T04:02:29Z
Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips
Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips
Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips
Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips
Decorating Your Space: Rugs UK Styling Tips
 

Can a rug transform a room?

Yes, it can! But Googling “rugs UK” gives you countless options. Where do you start?

Are you looking to add warmth to a room (figuratively or literally?) Are you trying to breathe new life into some dull furniture?

Whatever you need, we have a rug for that. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect one.

Rugs UK Tip #1: Don’t Leave it Until Last

This is probably the biggest mistake people make when planning any room’s decor. They feel that the rug is an afterthought.

If that’s how you choose to do things, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to find the right rug to go with your wall colour, furniture, and accents. It’s not impossible, of course. But it’s not ideal.

You would be better off literally starting from the floor and working your way up. Think of how much space the rug has to cover. Do you really want to leave that big of a detail until the very end?

Rugs UK Tip #2: Make Sure it Fits

This can be tricky and a lot of people go too small.

Good Housekeeping's Home Design Director Sarah Richardson advises that, "Ideally, the rug's edges should be 12 to 14 inches from the room's perimeter."

She also says that narrow rugs can be combined and connected. Especially if you're unafraid to play with bolder prints and combinations, you could have lots of fun here. 

This may seem obvious to you, but never start rug shopping without measuring the space you're decorating. You would be amazed how many people do this. The words "It looks about right" have caused way too much heartache.

So measure twice and buy once. 

#3: Embrace Layering

Not enough people choose to layer their rugs. Many feel it's an intimidating design choice.

However, anyone can do it. We love layering for three reasons:

1. It instantly gives the room a more interesting look

2. It allows you to do more customization and matching, by combining colours and patterns

3. It can give you more length for less money.

Most people buy a smaller (often, too small) rug for cost reasons. If you take that smaller rug and layer it on top of an inexpensive solid colour, you’ve now got enough coverage and an amazing look.

So always have potential layering combinations in your mind when shopping for a new rug.

Rugs UK Tip #4: Don't Forget About First Impressions

Why not blow your guests away with a stylish pop in the face as soon as they enter your home? The entrance to your home is the first thing people see when they walk in, and an area that gets the most traffic. So why not make it the most stylish.

You will want to keep the rest of the room simple. Nicola Sanders of houzz.co.uk recommends that you try "textural grass cloth wallpaper in a beautiful smoky blue is the perfect backdrop to the vibrant rug."

Finding the right rug at your entrance can do wonders to really set the tone for the rest of your home.

Rugs UK Tip #5: Is Now a Good Time to Shag?

Shag carpets were massive in the 1960s. But is using it now tapping into some retro cool-factor? Or is it trying too hard? Is the look more "Mad Men" or "Just mad?"

As always, it's all about how you use the item to decorate.

If your room is full of neutral tones you can add a brightly coloured shaggy rug to pull off a really contemporary look. But if you’re shooting for a classic and elegant look, choose white and cream-coloured shag rugs.

There are also lots of practical reasons. They can add instant warmth to cold tiled and stone flooring. At the same time, they help protect wood and laminate flooring.

Rugs UK Tip #6: Know When to Run

Runners are also very underutilized in today's homes. We love them, of course. But here's why you should, too.

Carpet runners protect your lovely wooden floors, while adding just the right amount of style. Use them to liven up your hallways or on stairs. Or if your kitchen is too boring, add a runner to give it some spice.

A light coloured carpet runner (white or cream) pops over a dark wooden floor. But avoid this in a high traffic area or if you’ve got pets. Because pretty soon the dirty spots on the runner will be what pops. So be careful with this combo.

At the same time, brightly-coloured carpet runners can draw the eye instantly and add contrast against a dark wood floor. They will work well you can match them to the rest of the room.

Tip #7: Does Your Bedroom Decor Put You to Sleep?

A large bedroom is a great spot to use your smaller rugs or runners.

Or, you can put one big one under your comfy bed to make it that much more inviting. This will also give you a layer of protection to keep the bed from damaging the floor. 

Again, best to start with the rug here, instead of buying a whole bunch of pillows, throws and a duvet and then trying to match them. If you start from the ground up, things will be much easier.

Once again, fit is crucial. Add about 15 inches on either side of the bed, and the foot of the bed, to ensure the rug is showing properly.

Tip #8: Think Outside the Box (or square)

If your room is boring you, and you can't quite put your finger on why, there's a good chance there are too many rectangles and squares. 

For example, let's take the den.

Square side tables, rectangular coffee table, and rectangular flatscreen TV. Add a round or oval rug into the mix and your room now has a new level of personality. 

See something you like on our site? You can start the process by creating an account with us today! 

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8 Rug Designs That Are in Style Right Now Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/8-rug-designs-that-are 2017-07-27T14:49:00Z 2017-07-27T15:08:24Z
8 Rug Designs That Are in Style Right Now
 

Rugs are loved for their soft and lasting style. So, if you want to add a sophisticated splash of pattern and colour to your space, you should consider buying for trendy rugs.

Whether you need to complete a modern or rustic decor theme, there are rug designs to help do that. Plus, they complement most floors when used as area rugs or stair runners.

A proper rug is the only way to anchor your room and connect all the elements, such as sofa, table, and artwork. It helps to define your room and adds a touch a comfort where you want it most. You have the choice of picking a design that matches the interior aesthetic of your space.

Well, this post is going to cover some of the designs that are trending. Let's get right into it.

1. Flatweave for Living Room

Flatweave Rugs

If you love rugs with textural depth and rich visual, then ribbed carpets are certainly great options. These rugs feature little ribs throughout, and they have been common in offices.

But now, homeowners are turning to them to give their living rooms a new feel and touch. You can opt for a hand woven rug that has a ribbed design with alternating blocks and bars, which lend a beautiful pattern.

With ribbed options, you don't need to worry about kids or pets removing the fabric. They are completely safe, and some are reversible to help you give your space a new look.

2. Geometric Pattern

Spectrum Multicolour Rug

Gone are the days when hexagonal motifs and chevron stripes were the common patterns for rugs. In their place, geometric patterns seem to have a way with homeowners. They're giving living rooms a whole new taste of style.

If you have lots of accessories in your room, geometric rugs make the best options. Typically, they feature different shapes, such as triangles, squares, ovals or circles. These shapes can be combined creatively to give a solid colour rug a unique look.

Or, the various shapes on the rug can have different contrasting colours to splash your room with varied hues. Plus, they come in various materials, so your options are simply limitless.

3. Soft Carpet for Bedrooms

Montana Shag Rug

For a very long time, soft and comfy rugs have been the favourite options for bedrooms. These rug designs are still holding strong, and there seems to be no viable alternative for them.

If you have a hard floor, then you can accent it with a warm and soft carpet. You don't want to experience the cold feeling of the bare floor every morning when you wake up. Soft rugs have cushioned feel that lends a soothing effect to any bedroom floor.

Those made from wool are the go-to options since they offer a luxurious feel. Go for a cut rug pile when looking for the right choice. Nylon rugs are the most popular and also have a soft feel.

4. Bold Carpet Colours

Noble House Blockbuster Multi Rug

When looking for the rug designs, colour is also an important consideration. The current trends already reveal that. People seem to be adventurous and creative with the use of bold colours, such as red, blue, purple, and orange.

Multicoloured options are the common carpets that are now making a statement in many living rooms. Bold options make the carpet stand out; they are no longer those silent items that tend to easily forgotten.

Vibrant options also work well with bedrooms if you want to add some peace and tranquillity. Colour and pattern can b used together to create a room that is energetic and inviting.

5. Cut and Loop Rugs

Handtufted Cut and loop in Wool

A cut and loop rug is simply a carpet that features both cuts and loops. This combination allows for a wide range of patterns that will give your decor striking aesthetic.

A Victorian rug with patterned cut & loop design is all you need to enhance the appearance of your room. These rugs boast intricate floral designs with stunning borders. If you have a Victorian home, you can expect to enjoy their unique flair.

Morrocan options also come with elegant patterns and multiple colours that complement a range of design schemes. People are using rich rug colour to brighten up neutral window treatments and furnishings.

A white or cream cut & loop rug can be used to complete a modern decor or soften bold colour schemes.

6. Persian

Tribal Persian Rug

More and more people still love the traditional look and feel of their homes. They now depend on Persian patterned rugs to help them get that style. Persian are loved for their regal patterns. Plus, they come in varied hues such as pinks, creams, soft blues to bold reds and golds.

These rugs feature a vintage look that adds a warm and inviting element to your room. Most homeowners are using Persian rugs under dining room and coffee tables. They can also be used to add a touch of colour or contrast to your hard floors.

7. Bohemian

Turkish Design Rugs

Bohemian designs are one of the favourite options when it comes to area rugs. They have artistic patterns and vivid hues that lend a welcome vibrancy to clean interior designs. Plus, you can use them to show off your style, culture and interests.

Also, they come in varied designs such as Ikat, jute, shag, and southwestern rugs. They allow you to add a free-spirited style to your home. They serve as a great landing space for your decor furnishings and large floor cushions.

You'll certainly enjoy this curated vibe that is exotic and beautiful.

8. Morrocan Trellis

Morrocan Style Rugs

People love a sophistical global fair for their rooms, and that exactly what Morrocan trellis rugs are offering. You can find this design in both neutral and bold hues. Due to their playful look, these rugs can be used to complement your kids' room or nursery.

The simplistic nature of Morrocan trellis rugs makes them ideal for any modern living room. The trellis pattern is usually versatile, and it can easily accommodate your decor design options.

Rug Designs - The Takeaway

When choosing a rug, you want to consider the interior design of your room. You should start with the rug designs and then move on to fabrics and colour. Then see how you'll connect your colour scheme, furniture placement, and accessories.

These trendy designs and styles are some options you have if you're looking for a rug. Still, there are numerous options, such as shag, vintage, and transitional, that you can try. It all depends on your styling preferences and interests.

Do you have any question? Feel free to contact us, and we'll be happy to help.

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Using rugs for practical purposes Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/using-rugs-for-practical-purposes 2016-11-17T15:16:00Z 2016-11-17T15:16:17Z
Using rugs for practical purposes
Using rugs for practical purposes

Rugs may be a stylish addition to your home, but they can also have practical uses which can make them indispensable. Depending on the decor and the type of home you have, rugs can be useful for keeping carpets clean, making sure kids don’t slip and ensuring that wooden flooring is kept scratch free. There are all sorts of practical uses for rugs and they are a cheaper alternative to new flooring. Here are some of the practical uses rugs can have around the home.

Anti-slip

Anti-slip rugs are great for those who have kids or pets. Although wooden flooring is easier to clean when children or pets make mess, it can also be slippy when they are active. Adding a rug can protect your flooring but it can also cause accidents if there is no anti-slip protection. An anti-slip rug or an anti-slip spray for your rug will help prevent it from moving around when kids or pets run across it. Accidents do happen so be sure to proof your home when you purchase your new cheap rug online.

Preventing scratching

Wooden flooring is very modern and is easy to clean and maintain. However, wear and tear can leave your beautiful wooden flooring looking lacklustre and can leave scratches. There are several ways to repair scratches but it is much easier to prevent them by using cheap rugs. Choose a round rug for smaller rooms and go for a large traditional rug for larger rooms. Your wooden flooring will last much longer and will be in tip top condition.

Keeping floors clean

Whether you have carpets or wooden flooring, a strategically placed rug can help keep flooring clean and new. Rugs are much easier to replace than carpeting or flooring if there is a major spill or stain. You may have children who often like to play with their toys on the floor or you may have very young kids who are still at the crawling stage. A cosy long pile rug can help make them feel more comfortable when moving around on the floor and will help prevent flooring stains. If you have a kids’ playroom, a large budget rug can help protect the flooring from spillages and scratches.

There are plenty of sale and clearance rugs you can choose from so you can replace your rug at a great price whenever you need to. Not only are budget rugs a stylish addition to the home, but they have their practical uses too!

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Taste is in the eye of the beholder, choosing rugs as decor Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/taste-is-in-the-eye 2016-11-17T15:11:00Z 2019-11-13T01:31:51Z
Taste is in the eye of the beholder, choosing rugs as decor
When choosing to decorate your house, it is common practise to read decorating magazines, articles and websites to get ideas. It is, however, ultimately your choice in how you decorate your house and what you use to do so.

One of the most easiest and common decoration used to completely transform a room is a rug. Rugs can be found easily, they come in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours and textures. They can be simply added anywhere in a room to give it a completely different look.

Rugs can be the main feature of a room, for example, an area rug will fill most of the room and will be striking and will automatically draw the eye. You can hang rugs on the walls, rugs can be placed under furniture or hall runners can be placed around furniture or in the hallway. Rugs are so versatile that it really is up to the decorator to decide what to choose.

One has to consider what effect they want the rug to make on a room. Most people would want a rug in a place for visitors and the family to relax, but it could also be a welcoming hall runner or a beautifully artistic wall hanging in a busier environment. Many people would choose an aesthetically pleasing rug, perhaps with a geometric pattern for a contemporary look or an oriental rug for a classic, more traditional look. Shaggy rugs can give a great vintage look and wool rugs can be great for a neutral, soft look.

Taste varies from person to person. Whilst one person may prefer a traditional decorating style and colour scheme, another may prefer a modern style. Some like their colours to blend and match and some love them to contrast. When decorating with a rug, or several rugs, sometimes it is a case of trial and error in helping to decide the best look for your designated room. Whereas one rug might look fantastic in the shop, when bringing it home it might have completely the opposite effect. Before returning it however, try the rug in another room or maybe consider changing your decor to suit the rug rather than a rug to suit the decor.

It is not necessary to follow magazine’s and interior designer’s advice on rugs, just use your imagination and what you find pleasing to the eye.

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Great ideas in shaggy rugs Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/great-ideas-in-shaggy-rugs 2016-11-17T15:08:00Z 2019-12-15T21:20:16Z
Great ideas in shaggy rugs
Great ideas in shaggy rugs
Shaggy rugs were a hit in the 60’s and now they are back with a more contemporary feel. They can revitalise and modernise any room in your house without overpowering the eye. Shaggy rugs come in all shapes and sizes, usually with a soft, luxurious pile of longer than one inch. Shaggy rugs can add texture and style to any room, if you have a plain room in your house, add a brightly coloured shaggy rug to transform the room instantly into one that brings colour and life.

Yellow Shaggy rugs with textured edge The best thing about using a rug as part of your decoration is that you can change your shaggy rug whenever you feel like it! They go with almost any style of decor meaning you can change the colour of your rug with the seasons or even your mood! Shaggy rugs normally come in a block colour, the most popular being sheepskin white. Why not drape a white sheepskin shaggy rug over the back of your sofa for a great artistic look, or even hang one on the wall for a really interesting look.

Shaggy rugs add instant warmth to cold tiled and stone flooring, they help protect carpets and wooden and laminate flooring, all whilst giving the room a focal point and a great area of interest. A shaggy rug can really compliment your decor if the right one is selected. If you have neutral tones then a brightly coloured shaggy rug can really tie together the decor whilst giving a really contemporary look. If you are looking for a more classic and elegant look then opt for whites and creams. When anyone considers decoration, the colour scheme is one of the most important issues to consider when buying new decor. A coloured rug can change the whole ambience of a room so it is important to choose carefully and to choose colours that compliment the already existing decor.

Due to the soft nature of these rugs they work really well in children’s rooms and nurseries. Opt for bright colours or pastel shades with matching cushions and bean bags for a really exciting room for your child.

When choosing a shaggy rug it is best to opt for a small to medium size as large ones can be very overwhelming. Natural materials such as cotton, wool and silk have no allergens like carpet can and are usually the best option when choosing a shaggy rug.

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The rugs under your bed Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/the-rugs-under-your-bed 2016-11-17T15:04:00Z 2019-11-13T01:29:43Z
The rugs under your bed

If your bedroom seems to be lacking something, then why not try a rug? A rug placed under a bed can completely transform a room, whilst giving it a new sense of style and vitality. A smaller sized room can really benefit from having a rug under the bed, as it creates the illusion of space and gives a feeling of warmth. A larger room can benefit from several rugs and runners. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, for example, a large round rug or even a few small ones placed partially under a bed can give a really unique effect. A rug that is much larger than your bed can help protect your floors whilst giving the bed and bedroom a modern look. If you have wooden or laminate flooring in your bedroom a rug can give a warm atmosphere and make bare bedrooms look full but not cluttered. Why not look for rugs with a border if you are deciding to go for a really sophisticated look.

Make sure you measure the width and length of the bed before purchasing your rug. If you decide to use a large rug for under your bed, add 15 inches to the sides and foot of the bed to ensure the rug is on show. Small rugs and runners can be perfect to surround your bed and can be cheaper than buying a bigger rug for under your which you won’t see a huge part of anyway. If you place the feet of the bed just overlapping a rug or floor runner, the majority of the rug or floor runner will be on show giving your bedroom a luxurious look without much effort.

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Carpet Runners for a dark wood floor Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/carpet-runners-for-a-dark 2016-11-17T15:01:00Z 2016-11-30T12:47:32Z

Carpet runners and small rugs are perfect for protecting your wooden floors, adding a sense of style without being overbearing. They are ideal in hallways or on stairs as often the requirement is something longer and more hardwearing than the average rug. They leave the edges of the floor visible to create a stylish look. They are also great for hiding worn and scratched floors. The worst of the wear and scratches should be in the middle of the flooring where people are likely to walk, so when the edges are left visible the floor should look almost new.

If you have a dark wooden floor and you would like a carpet runner to match then here are some ideas to consider: a light coloured carpet runner like white or cream will stand out on a dark wooden floor and can give a really great look but there’s a catch; they can look dirty very quickly! If you know your carpet runner will have dirty shoes or paws on it often then it would be better to opt for a patterned or dark coloured one to hide the stains and marks. Brightly coloured carpet runners can draw the eye instantly and give a brilliant contrast against a dark wood floor but ensure that the colour matches the decor in your home. If your home colour scheme is quite simple, with white or cream walls and a dark wooden floor then a splash of colour could be just what you need for a really unique and eye-catching look.

There are different variations of a dark wood floor, some contain hints of red, some are just plain brown and some are almost black! Those that contain hints of red should be paired with a deep red carpet runner or a patterned carpet runner with red contained within the pattern. This will create a consistency throughout your home and the carpet runner will give your home a sense of warmth and cosiness whilst maintaining the style.

Carpet runners come in more variations than you might think, if some areas in your house are carpeted with a pile carpet then it is advisable to choose a carpet runner with a pile rather than a flat weave to create a consistency throughout your home. Choose a carpet runner that matches the design and colour scheme of your home and decor to ensure maximum style with minimal effort.

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Stunning Rug Designs for Dreary Days Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/stunning-rug-designs-for-dreary 2016-11-17T14:56:00Z 2016-11-17T14:56:33Z

It’s winter, you’ve come home from a long and tiring day at work and you have the February blues. It’s not all bad though, because you’ve chosen to decorate your home with stunning and vibrant rugs that really help to lift your mood.

We’re all told to keep our décor neutral, to use magnolia paint and have cream curtains in every room. But when it’s cold outside and the snow is falling thick and fast, all you really want is some colour and warmth in your life. By choosing rugs to complement your existing décor, it’s easy to update the look of your room without having to spend a fortune.

Urban and pop art inspired rugs are a great option to brighten up any home, and look particularly amazing against laminate or wooden floors and neutral colour schemes; the rug will be the focus of the room. If nature is your thing, why not choose a rug with a safari print such as giraffes or tigers - these are generally larger sized rugs that look stunning in light and airy spaces. If space is at a premium, choose smaller, brightly coloured round rugs that will look like polka dots against a wooden or carpeted floor.

With a nod to the swinging sixties, why not select a colourful rug for kids rooms, which will add a pop of instant colour and style to any contemporary home. You won’t be able to wait to get home and sink your feet into this beautiful rug, which will brighten up even the dreariest of days. Rugs with cityscapes are a popular choice amongst young professionals, whether you choose the New York or London skyline, the Eiffel Tower or a familiar street scene such as a New York cab. These modern rugs will leave a smile on your face whether you are heading to work or just getting in from a long day, and will ensure that you leave the house with a spring in your step.

If you’re proud of your heritage, say so with style and add a Union Jack or St George’s flag rug to your living room; if you’re from North of the border, then a tartan rug or runner in shades of bright red or blue should help you to feel right at home.

Remember when choosing rugs to brighten your home that vibrant colours will also affect your mood. The colour red will enhance whatever mood you are currently feeling and is said to be an aphrodisiac as well as enhancing appetite; a great choice for the bedroom or kitchen. Violet and blue coloured rugs are soothing and relaxing, whereas green rugs are vibrant and mentally stimulating. Choose a stunning rug to fit your personality and brighten up dull days.

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Is a new wool rug worth investing in? Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/is-it-worth-investing-in 2016-05-12T11:14:00Z 2019-12-11T01:39:09Z
Is a new wool rug worth investing in?

One thing you’ll notice when you start shopping around for rugs is that they come in all kinds of materials. You can get anything from a very cheap rug made from manmade fibres to 100% pure wool rugs, which is obviously more expensive.

Indeed it is often the cost that puts people off getting wool rugs. However, is it the right way to think? Most of us learn at one time or another that we are better off investing a little more money to get something of better quality that will last longer. This means we can use the item for far longer than we’d be able to use a cheap one – and this applies just as much to rugs as to anything else.

Wool is an incredibly hard wearing and long lasting material to use in rug making. This makes it perfect for heavily trafficked areas in your home. It also has a luxurious feel and quality that is hard to deny. You may well pay more for a bespoke wool rug, but you’ll be glad you did when you realise just how long it will last for. It could even become something of an heirloom!

Wool is also versatile when it comes to design and appearance. You can get plenty of natural look wool rugs of course, but you can also get lots of diverse and eye catching designs. Be sure to look around to see just how many options are open to you. With natural rugs in a wool finish very popular among many people, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an array of possibilities.

Before you buy your new wool rug, consider whether or not you will be decorating the room it will go in anytime soon. If you will, make sure you pick something that will fit in with the new decor just as easily as the old decor. This means you can use it now and it will still look just as good when you decorate and put it back in the newly designed room.

As you can see there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to buying wool rugs. If this is the first time you have ever bought rugs made from this material, you’ll be a convert before you know it. This is one of the best materials there is in the world of rugs.

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The Smart Way to Buy Your Rugs Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/the-smart-way-to-buy 2015-11-02T23:57:00Z 2015-11-02T23:57:37Z
The Smart Way to Buy Your Rugs

With the growing popularity of smart phones, many of us to choose to shop for various items using our mobile devices and it all happens for the right reasons. Smart phones are a great tool allowing everybody to gain access to hundreds of items in the blink of an eye.

If you have a smart phone yourself, you will be looking at ways allowing you to buy items such as rugs with the help of your mobile device. It turns out that buying rugs on your mobile phone couldn’t be easier these days.

Before buying a rug with the help of your mobile phone, you want to be sure that you know exactly what you are looking for. Many people commit a rookie mistake by not knowing what type of dimensions they should be looking at while purchasing rugs online.

Some of the most popular area rugs include square and rectangular rugs (oval and circular rugs are popular as well although one should take special care while measuring how big or small they should be). Getting the size right is probably one of the most important aspects of buying a rug. If your rug is too small, you might not be able to achieve the effect you wanted. If your rug is too big, you might experience problems installing it and you might end up cutting it (which might not always be possible) or returning it. This is why it is always better to get the right size the first time.

If you are looking to buy a rug for your dining room, make sure that your rug is big enough to accommodate the table as well as all the chairs. Be sure to leave enough space for all the chairs so that nobody in your house has to push their chair off the rug in order to get up.

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Which rugs are easiest to clean? Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/which-rugs-are-easiest 2015-07-26T15:29:00Z 2017-03-25T14:14:42Z
Which rugs are easiest to clean?
Which rugs are easiest to clean?

What rugs are the easiest to clean? It may sounds like a simple question to answer, but there are so many variables to consider and let’s not forget the easiest rugs to clean may not be your preferred texture. A machine washable rug is the logical answer but a typical lounge size rug is just too big to fit into a standard washing machine, so these are usually only made in small bathroom sizes. When we say clean do we mean stains or general maintenance like vacuuming? If you need to wash a rug my advice is; don’t do it yourself, find a reputable specialist carpet and rug cleaner. So, to save going around in circles let's first establish that this article refers to general maintenance and spot cleaning.

Some quick general rules to consider before buying a new rug. Lighter colours are are more likely to show soiling and dark colours are likely to show dust and hairs. Plainer rugs will show more tracking and wear than a patterned rugs. Busy designs with many contrasting colours will appear to wear better because your eye focuses on the design rather than the traffic paths. Longer pile lengths take more maintenance than short piles.

Flatweave: The easiest rugs to vacuum and spot clean are flatweaves woven on Wilton looms using a polypropylene fabric. The flat construction means dirt cannot penetrate into the pile while the vacuum cleaner can effortlessly travel over the rug surface in any direction because there no resistance from a physical pile. Spot cleaning is easy too because the polypropylene fabric is stain resistant even to harsh chemicals such as bleach, in fact on extreme stains bleach can be used as cleaning agent. Which makes it ideal choice for high traffic and high soil areas such as kitchens and conservatories.

One potential downside to this style of product is it has virtually no comfort factor. The flat weave texture is thin and hard.

Twist Pile: When we talk about an easy to clean rug we really mean spending less time making it look pristine. Twist pile or frieze rugs fit into the category of easily clean because the pile texture is twisted meaning it catches the light from different directions giving the surface a intentional bobbly appearance. These rugs are generally available in wool or polypropylene in a massive range of designs and colours.

Twist Pile Rug

Vacuuming this style of rug is usually easy because the kink in the pile give the overall surface a springy texture that makes dirt particles easy to remove. A rug of this style should be vacuumed regularly to prevent the pile from flattening and trapping the dirt.

Cut Pile: These rugs have straight pile that is cut to form a velvet texture and produced from wool, polypropylene, polyester and acrylic. Because the pile falls in one direction it will often show imprints when the pile is disturbed, such as footsteps when walked over, on busier designs the shading and trafficking will show less. Actual cleaning of the rug will often depend upon fibre used. Generally a good quality wool rug is the best option, it will shed initially which some people find anyong, but once it settles the natural attributes of wool make it the prefered choice.

If your budget won’t stretch to wool rug, there are also some excellent acrylic and polyester fibres available in handmade rugs. When it comes to machine made rugs polypropylene is the fibre that dominates the market, always go for a more expensive heat-set polypropylene as these are definitely easier to hoover.

Shaggy Rugs: Longer piles equal more maintenance, simply because dirt can penetrate deeper into the pile. On the plus side the typical shaggy rug has a more open weave therefore the dirt can be vacuumed out with relative ease. However it is recommended that you hoover them more that just occasionally. Oh, and never ever use an upright vacuum with a beater bar this will damage the tips of the pile... always use suction only.

Because the pile of shaggy rugs don’t stand up straight a shaggy pile tends to lie casually across the surface of the rugs in different directions which gives the surface an exaggerated texture. The visual appearance is of a casual laid back pile surface which like twist piles and friezes catches the light to give an uneven appearance.

Shaggy piles work best with man-made fibres that don’t shed, so choose a nylon, polyester or polypropylene. Natural fibres like wool are spun and spun fibres, particularly on longer yarn lengths will shed, as they shed they are more likely to mat together. Not only do you end up with an ugly matted rug, it can look often like you have more pile of the rest of your floor than on the rug surface.

At rugzone.co.uk we don’t offer 100% wool shaggy or Flokati rugs becase we’d prefer to avoid the shedding and matting problems assicated with them.

Summary: There are many other textures and styles of rug available, I have just touched on some of the popular styles available. And let’s face it human nature dictates that we ignore 60% of advice and buy what is attractive to our eye. The basic points to remember are longer piles take more work than shorter piles and busy designs will appear to look better longer than plainer designs.

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Size isn’t everything – shape matters too Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/size-isn-t-everything-shape 2015-03-11T01:12:00Z 2016-11-30T12:31:40Z
Size isn’t everything – shape matters too

When you think about a new rug for a room, probably the first thing you do is reach for a tape measure. Obviously, the rug has to fit the space – there is nothing worse than buying a large rug and then finding you can’t open the door – but you should also consider the shape as well, because using a round rug can really give a floor space some definition. Most rooms, perhaps obviously, are square or rectangular and this is reinforced by how we place the furniture – normally around the walls or opposite other items. Think two sofas facing or a couple of bookcases and chairs around the wall. If you introduce a round rug into this scenario, it gives a bit of fluidity and makes the whole area look less formal.

Does your dining room look a bit like a dentist’s waiting area?

It is a problem with dining rooms – especially if you have a dining table that folds down small – that the chairs end up around the room and it looks like a waiting area. If you put a large rug or a rectangular rug in there, this only reinforces that look. But if you put a round rug in the space, you immediately bring a few curves into the mix and it looks more like a home and less like somewhere you go to get your molars filled. If your room is quite small a round rug will make it look more roomy by disguising where the room ends – the eye is drawn to the curves and not to the corners. If you use a round rug in your lounge you can take it further if you are lucky enough to have a feature fireplace, because you can get half circles (sometimes called semi-lunar for obvious reasons) in the same pattern which will finish off the look. This looks particularly good if you use traditional rug designs, but will work with anything, including bright colours.

A shape for every location

Some areas in the home lend themselves to certain shapes – hall runners speak for themselves of course and bathroom rugs are often shaped to go along the side of the tub or around toilet pedestals – but in other rooms, it can be fun to experiment. Round rugs are often a cheaper option for large spaces, because the area they take up is smaller (no corners!) and they are also easier to fit in if your furniture is too big and heavy to move. If you have decided to go for traditional rugs throughout your home, you can bring a bit of variety into the mix by choosing round rugs in certain rooms, but sticking to the same pattern or, if that isn’t possible, the same colourways. Using a different shape makes the rug much more of a talking point and looks a lot more like a conscious design choice rather than a last minute decision because it will ‘do’. Look like a design expert – lay a round rug!

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Money doesn’t grow on trees but sometimes that carpet just has to go! Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/money-doesn-t-grow-on-trees 2015-02-13T16:20:00Z 2017-03-25T13:58:14Z
Money doesn’t grow on trees but sometimes that carpet just has to go!
Money doesn’t grow on trees but sometimes that carpet just has to go!

Unfortunately, as every householder knows, things don’t only go wrong when the money is at hand to put them right. If it is a real disaster such as damage to the property or something being stolen it is usually all right because the insurance will pick up the bill, but wear and tear reaching a bit of a crisis point isn’t the same thing. Sometimes, though, you feel as if you will scream if you have to pass that big worn spot on the carpet one more time and something has to be done. Recarpeting a whole room can be prohibitively expensive but you need to do something and the answer is simple – buy a large rug that will hide the patch and, incidentally, give the whole room a bit of a lift into the bargain.

Stick with the theme or go a little wild

Depending on the state of the rest of the furnishings, you may want to stay within the décor style when you buy your large rug. Buying online is really easy when you do this because you can check colourways actually while standing in the room where the large rug is due to go. One word of warning here – make sure you allow for the slight differences in monitor or screen colour production; some can be quite misleading. If the rest of the room is looking a bit tired, though, you could take the opportunity to choose something different – a focal point can be created by using a traditional rug in a fairly neutral setting or, if you have a lot of patterns in the room already, why not go for a bright, bold shade, choosing one present in the fabrics or curtains already. This way your large rug will not only be hiding a multitude of sins, it will also give the room a bit of zing.

A large rug can make a small room look very luxurious

Many people make the mistake when choosing a rug to buy one that is smaller than the space left between the furniture, and this can be a mistake. By taking a large rug under the furniture, you can create a very sumptuous look because the rug looks more like a carpet. If your furniture is too heavy to do this, you can use hearth rugs to fill any gap left by your large rug, or you could use runners instead. This certainly works very well if your carpet has got worn out because you have a ‘track’ where people walk through the room to get to other parts of the house. Most homes have this kind of problem and of course at the risk of stating the obvious, it is always a good idea to use a runner to protect these high-traffic area before the carpet gets damaged. But it is always very easy to be wise after the event!

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Wool Rugs the benefit of beauty Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/wool-rugs-the-benefit-of 2015-02-06T09:48:00Z 2017-03-25T14:01:42Z
Wool Rugs the benefit of beauty

Wool rugs are a great way to bring real luxury to a room, having a dense pile and keeping their good looks for many years. Although there are a few rules for caring for your new wool rug, don’t be put off because by taking just a little more care when cleaning your rug, it will last for ages and will always bounce back, with no flattened pile as sometimes happens with cheaper fibres.

Simple maintenance for wool rugs

The best way to keep your wool rug looking like new is to clean them regularly. Letting the dirt get ingrained can result in the fibres getting cut by sharp grit or accretions so the best plan is to vacuum at least several times a week, more often if they are in high traffic areas. Wool rugs can sometimes lose their bounce if vacuumed with the beater bars on, so if you can disable them on your vacuum cleaner, so much the better. If you can’t, then use the hose and a separate head – it may seem a bit of a kerfuffle, but it is worth it to keep your wool rug looking top notch. If you have a spill, mop it up at once; scrape up any solids if it isn’t all liquid. Never soak your wool rug and be gentle if using steam. Everything in moderation should be your watchword when dealing with your rugs day to day.

Spring cleaning tasks

Every now and again, a rug made with wool will benefit from a good shake and a gently beating out of doors. Obviously, only do this if the rug is small enough to handle, but if you can manage it it really will improve the pile and extend the life of the rug. It will dislodge all the dust and grit that clogs the pile and also will rid your wool rug of any pests which may be lurking down close to the backing which vacuuming alone can miss. Not only that, but it will also freshen it up to have a shake in the open air – if you can leave it for a while it will smell clean and natural when you bring it back in; even wool rugs like to see the sky from time to time!

Cosy for the toes

In the bedroom too, wool rugs are really so luxurious, having one next to the bed is almost a must, but don’t stop there. If you do a lot of work at the computer, having one underfoot is a real pleasure and you won’t suffer from cold feet either. A wool rug in front of your sofa or favourite chair will mean that winter cold won’t affect you because it will insulate you from even the chilliest floor. Wool rugs come in all shapes and sizes, so you will certainly be able to find exactly what you want and in a colour to suit you too.

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How to be a good guest Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/how-to-be-a-good 2015-01-11T01:41:00Z 2015-12-06T21:04:43Z
How to be a good guest
The Chinese have a saying that fish and guests stink after three days and although (hopefully) this is not literally true, it is nonetheless a fact that it is easy to outstay your welcome. Being a good guest is an art that unfortunately far too few people ever master, but by keeping a few simple rules in mind and sticking to them, you can make sure you will be asked back again!

‘Make yourself at home!’

They may say it, but don't forget – they don't really mean it! What a host means is that they don't want you dying of thirst if you are desperate for a drink, so please help yourself to a cup of tea – oh, and if you’re up and making, offer to do it for others too. What they don't mean is drink all the whisky, annoy the dog so it wees in excitement on the brand new large rug and, most of all, don't bring anyone home with you! This isn’t your home, it’s theirs, so if you tend to treat your home with contempt, hold yourself back when a guest.

What to bring

Flowers, as a starter. Plants can also work, but only if you know that your host likes houseplants. Some people just don't have green fingers and staying somewhere for a week and watching your gift slowly curl up and die can be embarrassing. Don't choose anything with a lot of pollen – loads of people are very allergic to lilies for example, so avoid those. The pollen can also cause nasty stains on neutral rugs under their table. Chocolates are also nice gifts, but make sure they will suit the whole family, so that everyone can share. Don't bring soap or bath items as it will make it look as though you intend to use them yourself!

What not to bring!

Uninvited guests – the boy/girlfriend you met the day before yesterday can keep until another time. Smelly feet – make sure that you are ready for taking your shoes off on arrival. Many people prefer socks to shoes to protect their traditional rugs; don't make them regret it. A shocking cold or other communicable condition – keep it to yourself in your own home; any host will understand if you cancel through illness. And lastly, leave your bad temper at home – a close friend or family member probably knows all your little quirks and loves you anyway, but it costs nothing to be nice!

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Stripped and laminate floors – are they still on trend? Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/stripped-and-laminate-floors-are 2014-12-05T14:55:00Z 2015-12-06T20:53:16Z
Stripped and laminate floors – are they still on trend?

For the last decade or so, stripped natural floors and laminates were the big thing in interior design and many homes still have this kind of flooring though it isn’t quite the hot fashion number that it once was. The problem with any trend like this is going back to fitted carpets can cost an arm and a leg and of course the stripping or fitting of laminate, particularly if you went to the expense of real wood replacement floors, will have been a big budget item in itself. Stripped or laminate floors are easy to maintain on a daily basis, just needing a sweep and an occasional damp mop, but they can be a little Spartan.

Warm up the kids’ rooms

Little ones do tend to spend a lot of time on the floor and although they don’t usually mind what the surface is as long as it takes crayon well, they would be much more comfortable with at most of the floor being covered with a large rug. Children can incorporate anything into their surroundings into their stories which run permanently in their head, so why not help out from the start with a scatter of rugs of different shapes, colours and textures in their bedroom or playroom? A nice green shaggy rug, natural rugs and a carpet runner will give them endless opportunity for imaginative play. You don’t have to get a large rug unless your room is very big but if the floor beneath is very slippery, you might think it safer to either use a non-slip spray or have a large natural rug under the ‘play’ rugs to make things a little safer if things get a bit hectic as they so often do.

Were your floors stripped professionally?

If the floors in your home were a DIY job, you may find that you have big gaps around the skirting boards and even between the floorboards. Caulking all the spaces is a very time-consuming task and many DIYers, intent on getting the latest look, simply didn’t bother. This can create howling draughts even in summer and some people have found gaps so big that pens, keys and money can easily drop through never to be seen again. Obviously the first thing to do in this situation is to fill the worst gaps as soon as possible, but if you are in a rented property, a large rug placed strategically can do a lot to improve the situation with no actual permanent work being done.

Care tips

For many people, laminate flooring was a gift from heaven – easy-care and attractive, there seemed no downside. Until the major spill or (worse yet) a washing machine leak made all the edges lift and then the floor doesn’t look so great any more. You can cover the worst of the damage with a large rug, but the long and short is – don’t get your laminate floors wet! A damp cloth and a waxed mop for real wood is all it should need.

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The fashion for downsizing Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/the-fashion-for-downsizing 2014-11-16T21:42:00Z 2017-03-25T14:34:59Z

Many people nowadays are downsizing when their families leave home because they think they won't need so many bedrooms or such large family rooms with the children gone. Unless there is a very strong financial reason for moving to somewhere smaller, think very carefully. Children leaving home don't just go in one direction, sometimes, as the film title has it, they come back!

The Boomerang Generation

Not that many years ago, when a student went off to university, that was the end of their living at home full time, by and large. They would roll up their modern rugs, tuck their laptops under their arms, commandeer the house’s biggest telly and high tail it. You might see them for holidays but that was more or less the end of having that particular offspring living with you. Many parents went through serious ‘empty nest’ problems, but that always fades with time. However, now that jobs are harder to come by for graduates and rents and mortgages are more expensive and in the case of the latter, increasingly hard to get at all, many students come back after graduating.

Family friction

Often when the eldest child moves out there is general stations in the house as other kids move on into the vacated bedroom. A bit of furniture shuffling, the installation of a shaggy rug in their chosen colour and it soon feels as if they have never slept anywhere else. The problem comes of course when the boomerang child comes back – whose bedroom is it? Does the returner get the box room? Does the new incumbent have to move out again? There is no hard and fast rule, but it can make for some very traumatic times until it is all sorted out and in some families it never is truly resolved.

And along come the grandchildren

Even if your child is not officially a boomerang, grandparents are more and more these days enrolled as child minders, either during the day or even over night. Whilst for most this isn’t a problem – just roll up the traditional rugs and put down a floor saver – it does cut down on any plans they might have had to move. So, before downsizing, take a moment to look into the future; you may even decide to get more bedrooms, not fewer to accommodate an even bigger family than before!

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Are you a dog person or a cat person? Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/are-you-a-dog-person 2014-11-09T00:25:00Z 2017-03-25T14:34:25Z
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
There are many things that divide the nation but nothing comes close in importance to whether you are a dog person or a cat person. There are some who sit on the fence and say they don't like either or who say they love both equally, but come on folks – it just isn’t possible! Cat people often get a worse press than dog people because fiction often portrays them as being rather sneaky and underhand and even cat lovers will say that this describes their pet pretty well. No figures exist for how often crime writers have dog owners as the murder, but it is likely to come in well under the number for cat people.

Cats v dogs – the shedding problem

Many dog people say that cats shed more than dogs but this isn’t so – it is just that dogs shed in different places. Anyone with a shaggy rug and a dog would have to admit that keeping it fresh and hair-free can be a full time occupation. Not allowing dogs on the furniture is not the hiding to nothing that cat owners face – where a cat wants to sleep is where a cat will sleep and they rarely choose the floor. So their hair is shed on sofas, chairs and beds so is more noticeable, not more in quantity, relative to the size of the pet.

Dogs v Cats – yappy or silent disapproval

If you want constant validation – you are a dog person. A cat won't make a fuss when you appear, whether you have been gone for a minute or a month but a dog will treat you like royalty if you have only left the room for a second. On the other hand, some dogs can take being supercilious to a whole new level – Pekinese are masters at this, but perhaps it is just the way they look. They might be barking on the inside. Cats are very loving, they are just not as demonstrative but if you like to have a pet on your lap but don't like ‘yappy’ dogs, a cat is the best choice.

Colour co-ordinate your pets

To have some fun, you could match your floor coverings to your pets – oriental or traditional rugs for pekes and Siamese, modern rugs for the Sharpei or Cornish or a shaggy rug for a good old mongrel or moggy. If you don't like housework, make sure you go for a natural rug that matches your pet to cut down on the vacuuming.

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Clever rug ideas for a quick fix Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/clever-rug-ideas-for-a 2014-10-08T21:12:00Z 2017-03-25T14:32:01Z
Clever rug ideas for a quick fix

Although spring is the classic time for giving a home a quick wash and brush up and moving the furniture around to freshen things up, the urge to make a room look nicer can strike at any time. Sadly, this doesn’t always coincide with having enough money for a complete room alteration and so the work is often shelved. It can be quite depressing to sit evening after evening in a room you are not happy with but it doesn’t have to be this way – browse the internet for a designer rug and you are bound to find the very thing to really give your room a lift.

Hide that bare patch!

Carpets, wood flooring and ceramic floors can develop scuffs or holes over time and replacing them can be costly. Adding a rug is a great way to not only hide any defects but to also enhance the room. Rather than just put one rug over the hole – you may be unlucky and have the hole develop in a rather odd place – you could use a couple of designer rugs to bring the look together.

Think about shapes and sizes!

Many rugs come in designs that are available different shapes and sizes and if you put really your mind to it, this can be a great way of making a necessity look like a plan. Rectangular shapes are the obvious easy options because they dominate the marketplace and are available from small to extra large sizes. But once you start to research you will see many alternative shapes such as circles, squares, ovals, octagonals, long runners and even a few off the wall shapes. Be creative and explore ideas like a half moon rug in front of the fireplace echoed by a round rug with the same design on it further down the room, It could look rather retro.

Have your designs on the floor

Many designs today are semi-abstracts or stripes and many can look very stylish. It’s possible your room has little room for wall art, an Orangery for example is dominated by windows that prevents you from hanging pictures. Why not have your designs on the floor as modern rugs? There’s an abundance of abstract patterned rugs to be found that use colour and designs in either lively contrasting colours or subtle muted tones. Shapes and colour project a focal point that and be a virtual canvas on the floor.

Or you could introduce Texture to the Floor

Maybe too much colour isn’t your bag, no problem, another alternative is to introduce texture to the floor. The trend in plain textures for the last few years has without doubt been shaggy rugs. As manufacturers fight for individuality there has been many new innovations in shaggy rugs, different pile heights, using a combination of thick and thin yarns are just two of the popular variations that introduce a more interesting texture.

There is also a host of affordable hand carved textures hand tufted wool and even machine made rugs. Many of these are toned with muted colours, incorporating hand carving into the design gives another dimension, really bring out the minimal of tone variation. And let’s not forget the the humble Wilton flat weave rugs, these are durable, thin and extremely stain resistant rug generally found at the budget end of the price scale. Fantastically simple stitch elements can be transformed into a tapestry of texture combinations.

Rugs are a decorative and practical alternative that can give tired floor space new life, chosen carefully the can breath new life into dated decor while covering a multitude of sins.

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Upcycling for dummies Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/upcycling-for-dummies 2014-09-19T15:30:00Z 2015-12-06T21:13:06Z
Upcycling for dummies

If you have two left hands you may watch the trendy upcycling programmes on TV with envious eyes. For those of you not familiar with upcycling, it essentially means taking one thing (which may be broken, but not necessarily) and making it do service as something else, or mending it, painting it or otherwise improving it so instead of being thrown away, it can still be used. TV presenters – and there are whole magazines devoted to it too – make it look so easy but many people fall at the first hurdle because they are not crafty and things look awful!

Don't give up

The trick is to start small. Making a trendy footstool out of an old traditional rug may sound child’s play but actually it can be really hard. Do you have a mattress needle (for the uninitiated, it is one of those really big, curved jobs that often come in mixed needle sets); some linen or waxed thread; kapok; buckram; endless patience and thumbs like pile drivers? No? Then in that case, your best bet would be to try an easier project! A plaited cushion cover is probably more your mark and you can do that with strips of old bedding, curtains, shirts or any other fabric. You don’t even have to sew it; if you staple the ends of the plaits onto a pillow pad and then tack a backing on, you have something that looks great – except it isn’t recommended for lounging (staples can be sharp!). The message is – don't set yourself up to fail.

Upcycling furniture

Using nothing more than glue, some paint and a flat weave rug (or a softer pile traditional rug) that has seen better days, you can make an old sideboard into a great pet bed. Just remove the doors, making sure you don't leave any bits sticking out, paint it on the outside and then stick the rug to the inside. If you have some spare old bedding or towels you can put this in as a soft bed which can be taken out and washed when it gets smelly. If you need to leave the cat out at night, having this available in a garage or shed will be a real bonus in cold weather. When you’ve practised on the cat, you are ready for a project for the house!

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How to make your friends jealous Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/make-your-friends-jealous 2014-09-14T17:11:00Z 2017-03-25T14:00:50Z
How to make your friends jealous
How to make your friends jealous

Obviously, jealousy is one of the deadly sins and no one likes the green eyed monster when it really rears its head. But a little bit of envy from your friends because your house looks so fabulous is no bad thing and it isn’t hard to create just a little jealousy without spending a fortune. Big things like a new kitchen or a garden makeover are not something that many of us can do more than once or twice in a lifetime, but some little touches can have the same effect, if you give it some thought.

Green fingers – green eye!

Gardening is very relaxing and it also can make your friends absolutely green with envy. If you have a conservatory, you can bring the garden inside, so you are not even at the mercy of the weather. Sensible flooring in the conservatory will make it cosy without being hard to maintain so something like a natural fibre rug would be a good choice or go for colour matching with a green rug. Keeping the lawn away from the door with a well-positioned patio will be a help and you can also make sure you are lounging elegantly with something cool to drink when your friends pop by.

Club lounges for leisure

If your friends think you live a life of luxury, they will be jealous from the moment they step into your home. Leather furniture, well-chosen lighting and a luxury pile rug in autumnal colours will look the business. A well-thumbed leather bound book, some really spectacular sound equipment and a well-stocked bar will finish the look and if you have to work every hour to pay for all this leisure, there is no need for them to know – it’s all in the window dressing after all! Of course, it may be that when you visit your friends you will get a little envious too – they will also have a few tricks up their sleeves such as some funky rugs in the guest room and a TV screen bigger than your car windscreen! Just remember, that they may have gone all out to make you jealous just because they would kill for your lounge furniture or your garden loungers. When it comes to envy, what goes around definitely comes around.

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Instantly Brighten up a Nursery or Kids Room with a Fun Rug! Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/instantly-brighten-up-a-nursery 2014-09-07T10:36:00Z 2015-12-06T21:17:13Z
Instantly Brighten up a Nursery or Kids Room with a Fun Rug!
Instantly Brighten up a Nursery or Kids Room with a Fun Rug!

Most people think rugs are a very adult invention but they are also a useful addition to any kids’ room or nursery, suitable for children, toddlers, babies, teenagers or those who are youthful at heart. Parents know that children can be inherently costly and bedrooms are one of the areas in which children can be a real financial drain, being one of the only areas of the home where they feel they can express their individuality and independence! Sprucing up a child’s room doesn’t have to cost the earth and a rug can make a phenomenal difference to a room, adding colour, personality and interest without breaking the bank. Here are just some of the ways in which Kidz Zone rugs can be used to brighten a room:

Children’s rugs are an efficient cost effective way of brightening an otherwise dowdy dull room. Costing between £20-40, with a range of styles for boys and girls, the Kidz Zone range provides a vast assortment of choices; from sweets, places, slogans, animals and educational rugs that are very beneficial for toddlers and young children, teaching them about the solar system and how to play various games. They are a cost efficient way to decorate a room at minimal expense.

The fun, colourful, exciting range of rugs mean invigorating a child’s room can be cheap and cheerful without costing an arm and a leg. The small range of rugs are easy to clean and care for and a good way to teach the kids to tidy their rooms themselves. The rugs are made with polyester and nylon and are sized small enough to fit into any child’s room, injecting colour and personality into any bedroom.

Rugs can be used to orient the room as rugs can be used to secure specific areas, for example a rug in front of the television, beside the bed or in the centre of the room. The rest of them can then be structured around the centre piece that the rug provides.

A wide range of colours and designs are available to suit sons and daughters and a variety of ages and room colour schemes.

Rugs are compact and portable meaning they do not take up much space and can be relocated whenever a change of scene is required. It’s a quick way to make a room suddenly appear different without having to completely redecorate.

These are just some of the perks involved when trying to brighten up your child’s room.

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Hands up everyone who really hates cleaning! Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/hands-up-everyone-who-really 2014-09-04T18:18:00Z 2016-11-30T12:22:11Z
Hands up everyone who really hates cleaning!
Hands up everyone who really hates cleaning!

There are a few misguided individuals out there who claim to love cleaning but they are very rare. Most people really hate cleaning and will do anything they can to avoid it. The majority of us don't let their homes get to the kind of state that warrants a reality TV show’s intervention but a home that is lived in usually has more fluff on the floor than in the hoover bag and that is how it should be. If you really are cleaning averse, there are a few good shortcuts you can make to ensure your home can look good for visitors in a jiffy.

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Avoid black rugs

Black rugs can look incredibly stylish but no one would deny that they pick up every little hair and bit of fluff going. Add a light coloured cat or dog and you’re doomed. If you choose a rug as an accent in a living room that doesn’t show the bits, you will always have at least one room where the floor looks good – mid-blue rugs and shaggy rugs are best of all because for some reason they don’t show marks. A shaggy rug looks great with just the occasional shake – but make sure you do it outside if you don't like dusting!

Spray some polish

Just as people ‘eat’ with their eyes, so people judge cleanliness with their noses. If you spray some polish in a room, many people won't notice the dust – their other senses will tell them you have just cleaned in there. Similarly, if you scatter just a small handful of lavender flowers in a long pile rug, as the visitors walk on it, the smell will be released and they will not notice the old takeaway cartons stashed behind the sofa. Actually, they probably will notice that, but there will be a whole lot of other things they won't notice!

Make some toast

There are certain smells that just make a house smell like a home and toast is one of them. Failing that – perhaps toast isn’t the right smell for mid-afternoon, say – put a coffee bean under the grill for a moment or two or, taking your cue from the lavender in the shaggy rug, pop some rosemary under your flat weave kitchen rug and that will also smell gorgeous as if gourmet cooking is going on.

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Wasting money on your home is all too easy! Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/wasting-money-is-all-too-easy 2014-08-20T02:29:00Z 2017-03-25T14:12:26Z
Wasting money on your home is all too easy!

Sometimes the little devil who lives in the bit of your brain labelled ‘shopping’ whispers in your ear and you just have to get yourself a bit of retail therapy. Your weakness may be shoes, clothes, holidays or something bigger such as a car or even a new home. You can occasionally beat the little devil down – especially if it is the end of the month and you have five quid and pocket fluff to live on until payday, but sometimes the only answer is to give in to it.

Gadgets!

Your kitchen, if it is typical, has at least two cupboards absolutely packed to the doors with gadgets you bought because they would revolutionise your life. If you bought them more than about six weeks ago, it is an even bet that most of them will be either broken or missing a vital piece that accidentally went into the rubbish with the peelings. But you would insist on buying that juicer that all the reviews said was impossible to clean and got precisely three teaspoons of juice from a kilo and a half of oranges. Common sense told you to buy yourself something sensible like a nice new flat weave rug to save your feet from the cold floor, but you knew best! Now you have chilblains and you still buy juice in a carton.

Lamps and lighting

Lights and Lighting

Actually, this is a much more sensible buy than a gadget, but there is a limit to how many lamps one room can possibly need. Try to keep it down to one or two or your room will look like a lighting shop, with all the bulbs vying with one another. If you do feel the shopping bug, try to rethink the room as a whole, with a definite budget in mind. If you do this, you could perhaps begin with choosing one lamp, an accent rug in wool and a few cushions. This way you might even end up with a room looking pretty good. If you still feel the need to splash the cash you can then go for one really crazy purchase, like some tiger skin print curtains – that isn’t to say that would be a good idea, but sometimes only crazy will really stop that little devil!

Tiger Print Curtains

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Tips for Warming up the Conservatory Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/warming-up-the-conservatory 2014-08-17T13:05:00Z 2016-11-30T12:12:13Z
Tips for Warming up the Conservatory

Conservatories can be one of the most relaxing, calming spaces in a home, when they are decorated correctly. They can also be made to feel very cold and unwelcoming if they are not attended to. The great thing about conservatories is that the very nature of the room is gregarious, social and allows a certain level of freedom that is not always obvious with other rooms. Not everyone has a conservatory so if you have one, it means you have the liberty to transform it into the room of your dreams.

It’s quite important to consider the use of colour when adding warmth to conservatories. Colour can be one of the quickest ways to instantly lift the mood or turn a dreary place into a sanctuary. Light or bright colours such as whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, blues and greens can add a brilliant, soothing glow. Teaming lilacs with pinks, yellows with oranges, greens with blues and reds can be really indulgent, alluring colour schemes. If your conservatory has great natural lighting, you might not need to emphasise the colour scheme so strongly but you might enjoy the way the sun plays with the colours. Glass conservatories are a great way to make the most of natural light and keep the room airy and mercurial and also mean that at different times of the day, you can appreciate the conservatory in different ways, enjoying the morning sun and star gazing at night.

Add warmth by installing blinds to give a sense of privacy and intimacy and prevent nosy neighbours from peeking in. Furniture and decorations are also important to consider. Comfortable chairs, low tables, and an assortment of flowers, statues, lamps, cushions and a plush rug can be collaborated to create a sanctuary or retreat from the woes of the world. Rugs can elongate a room and add space, character and detail as well as providing a focus point around which you can base your tables, chairs and sofas. Things that may not fit in with the décor in the rest of the house can shine in this room, where you may wish to create an entirely different atmosphere in contrast to the rest of the home.

It’s very important to utilize your space accordingly. Don’t crowd your conservatory with items and furniture as it can overwhelm the space and quickly turn it from a relaxing space into a nightmare. Large, spacious conservatories can obviously take a fair bit of experimentation.

Of course, cold flooring is common in conservatories and plays a huge part in affecting the temperature of the room. A large cosy rug or a long narrow carpet runner can add that much needed warmth and sense of homeliness to a conservatory, especially if you spend time there in the evenings and at night, or have guests staying over in that room.

Although a lot of these details work well alone, combining them can make a very powerful statement.

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Got kids? Don't buy a luxury rug until they’ve all left home! Rug Zone https://www.rugzone.co.uk http://blog.rugzone.co.uk/blog1.php/don-t-buy-luxury-rugs 2014-08-15T02:13:00Z 2017-03-25T14:31:06Z
Got kids? Don't buy a luxury rug until they’ve all left home!
Got kids? Don't buy a luxury rug until they’ve all left home!

And in fact, have a serious think even then. If they have gone to university, they will only come home with their drunken friends and spill stuff all over it. Or, probably worse, they will get married, have kids and bring them to your house to spill stuff over your lovely deep pile shag rugs! All is not lost, of course. You could follow a few basic guidelines so you can have your luxury rugs and have the kids back to stay once in a while. Or of course you could start as you mean to go on and teach them from birth that if they damage the furniture or fittings you’ll put them up for adoption. That is a bit drastic though, so try one of these:-

Stash it somewhere

It might look a bit obvious if you just roll the rug up and put it somewhere safe while the kids are in town, but you don't have to be quite that obvious. If you get a budget rug which is the same size, you can put that down for the duration. It’s true that all their friends will go away thinking that their mate’s mum and dad have shocking taste, but that won't hurt a bit. If the kids assume you have fallen on hard times, you might find that that will stop quite so many raids on the bank of Mum and Dad, so that’s a bit of a bonus. Either way, you can't lose and your luxury rug will live to see another day with no fag burns or red wine stains.

Scotchguard it

Naturally stain resistant fibres such as polypropylene will shrug off most stains, you can even use bleach on them and they won’t discolour, but many luxury rugs are produced with wool which will absorb liquid stains. Treating your luxury wool rugs so it will shrug off stains is another way forward, but you will still need to take action if anything is spilled and of course nothing will shrug off a careless cigarette end. Smoking is pretty non-PC these days but it’s silly to assume that no one does it any more. And however strict you are about smoking indoors, it takes a pretty hard hearted person to chuck out one of their children’s friends into the dark and stormy night. It’s not so bad throwing out your own kid – you do after all have a luxury rug to protect – but usually guests get better treatment. The only answer is loads of kitchen roll stashed behind the sofa, a soda siphon, a bottle of white wine open and ready, a container of salt, huge ashtrays and a big forgiving smile.

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