Guest Picks: Rugs for Every Room

They are sometimes used to define spaces within an open-plan room, liven up a neutral area with pattern and color and add texture to soften hard surfaces and absorb sound. Yep, rugs may just be the perfect home accessory.

They are an integral piece of decoration, but with so many choices out there it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

On your quest for the perfect rug, first consider the function of the area. High-traffic areas such as kitchens and halls need lasting rugs with a very low pile to resist muddy footprints and food spills. You will also need something fairly thin in dining areas differently your chair will permanently get caught on the edge. Make bedrooms and living spaces inviting and cozy with a lovely plush rug. (Households with children and pets may want to abide by a dark shade!) Little ones will love playing a brightly colored, textured rug in their bedroom or playroom.

Now it is time to talk style. Take a look at your room and ask yourself what is missing. If it’s experiencing a case of the blahs, possibly a vibrant rug is your cure. If the room is appearing too stark, consider including a rug in a natural material or using an organic pattern.

Now let us sink our feet into some cases.
— Alicia from Allergic Type A

Rug Studio

Momeni New Wave NW-69 Area Rug – $129

This gradient-colored flower pattern is almost mesmerizing, do not you think? It’s perfect to add some warmth and play to a family room.

Rug Studio

Chandra Amy Butler Area Rug – $164

Oh, Amy Butler, what your routines touch turns to gold. The slightly more subdued color palette of this rug will make it ideal in a formal, womanly lounge.

Coral Rug – $270

Organic patterns work beautifully on rugs to soften those square edges. This coral pattterned rug will appear fantastic to divide the blue palette of a coastal house.


FLOKATI Rug, higher pile – $29.99

This baby was on my shopping list for some time now. Our living room has more than sufficient color and pattern so in deciding upon a rug we desired nothing but feel. I can’t wait to slip off my shoes and sink my feet !


IKEA STOCKHOLM FIGUR Rug, non pile – $449

There’s nothing as too bright! The striking pattern and plush pile of this announcement bit are ideal for a family games room or home theater.

Urban Outfitters

Floral Stripe Printed Rug – $34

I adore the riotous combination of shades and patterns in this mat. It might look great in a teenaged girl’s room or as a hall runner in an eclectic house.

Atypical Type A

Outdoor or Indoor Summer Trellis Hooked Rug – AUD 60

Who doesn’t love a good geometric pattern onto a rug? Take a classic pattern like this in a bright, fun color and you have a flexible rug that will be equally at home in formal or casual locations.

Rug Studio

Safavieh Dhurries Light Green Flatwoven – $300

Similar story to above, except that the lower stack lends itself to a formal place and one where a thicker rug may get in the way. Fresh, family-friendly dining space, anybody?

Domayne Online

Cowhide Rug in Yellow – AUD 1,199

I have a company no-animal-print coverage in either my wardrobe and house (it always seems to me creepy or tacky), so I’ve never considered a hide rug. But a yellowish hide rug? That’s more like it! The unexpected color choice implies this conventional option would look stunning in a sleek, contemporary house.

OZ design furniture

OzDesign ‘Word’ Rug – AUD 169

Having a rug with character doesn’t mean that you have to go all-out with vibrant colorful patterns. This odd stamped sack style will add a quirky but neutral touch to a bachelor pad or casual living room.

Urban Outfitters

Polka Dot Printed Rug – $19

This cute fringed polka dot mat is an perfect way to add some fun and color to a laundry or kid’s room.

Seldens Furniture

Allure Rugs, Groovy, 7120: Beige, 2’x3′ – $59

The timeless Charles Rennie Mackintosh–style rose pattern and subtle coloring will make this rug just as at home in a conventional room as a modern one.

Rug Studio

Safavieh Courtyard Terra Natural/Brown Area Rug – $165

This is another must-have in my roundup, because it was clearly inspired by my favorite Marimekko pattern. The very low profile and ribbed texture could be ideal for a high profile zone like a casual dining room.


45 Gumball YUMMIRug by Yummi Shop – $399.99

Perhaps you have seen a cuter children rug? Little ones will probably be attracted to the color and playfulness of this handmade felt rug in a bedroom or playroom.


Marketti Rug – AUD 199

Every room requires some natural materials inside to floor the space and add feel. This sisal rug fits the bill and could be ideal in a casual dining or living room.

Rug Studio

Nourison Radiance Area Rug – $400

A very traditional look unlike my preference generally, but the illustrated style is not one usually seen in rugs so that I had to add it for that reason alone. It’s crying out to be utilised in a conservatory-style dining room.

Urban Outfitters

Shag Rug – $159

There are so many shag-pile rugs out there, however, is it only me or are most of them in very bold colors and horrid shiny materials? This one, on the other hand, is all class; just look at the dusty blue color and soft, wooly texture.

Urban Outfitters

Zigzag Rug – $44

With cute numbers like this it’s easy to see why chevron has been THE pattern lately. This enjoyable but sturdy mat is ideal to add some interest to a busy area like a kitchen or entryway.

Urban Outfitters

Phone Keys Wallet Rug – $18

For your memory-challenged, how about this quirky mat inside front door? In addition to being useful it is guaranteed to be a talking point with guests.

Urban Outfitters

Big Garden Printed Rug – $44

My favorite rug. Ever. End of story.

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