Fun with colours - Margo Selby's rug

Ring the changes with a new rug

Ring the changes with a rug

There’s still time – just – for a new rug for Christmas

A new rug for a new look and to please all usersIt’s a fact that home owners are increasingly choosing hard surface floors for most if not all of the ground floor.  (We still think a carpet for the living room is the all round better solution but there are lots of reasons why people will opt for a hard floor for the whole of their downstairs area.)

But then, for reasons of practicality as well as aesthetics many people will then wish to cover part of these areas.  Do check out our previous article about rugs and how they complement hard surface floors: how fabulous they can look, how they absorb noise, add comfort, provide warmth and create areas which “ground” the furniture.

A new rug for a new look

Of course you can also swap one rug for another according to the season, and from room to room as well to ring the changes.  A new rug can create a completely new look for your room reflecting your mood or a fashion trend.  And deciding to buy a fun new rug doesn’t have the serious long term connotations as when you’re considering investing in a whole new carpet.

Alternative Flooring:  quality, colourful, quirky and British!

What’s more thanks to suppliers like Alternative Flooring, design led British company whose fabulous characterful and quirky carpets and rugs are made from top quality natural fabrics, you can have a totally unique rug made precisely to your specification.

And the best news is that if you get your skates on you may still be able to get a rug made in time for Christmas.  Give us a ring or better still come and have a chat!

Meanwhile feel free to borrow some inspiration from Alternative Flooring’s  “Rug Stars”!

Colourful and a little crazyRug Stars discuss the inspiration for their bespoke rugs

Award-winning woven textile designer Margo Selby has chosen one of her own designs:  Stripe Frolic Westbrook, with inner Double Piping Cotton Border in Pink and an outer Stripes Thick Black border.

“I also have the Frolic Westbrook design on a staircase and it always gets comments from visitors on how vibrant it is. I feel it brings an injection of joy to an area of the house that can often get neglected.”

“I’ve been trying my rug in both my home studio and living room. The great thing about a rug is that it’s transferable, from room to room and house to house. I love change and recently moved house, it’s refreshing to bring familiar items into a new space and play with them to find them a new home.”

“The simple stripe design of Frolic Westbrook features colours that come from my colour palette theory of pairing dark and light, highlight and bright colours. The outcome is balanced but also interesting and playful.”

Monochrome and stylish

Meanwhile Kate Watson-Smyth is a Journalist and the Interiors Blogger of “Mad About The House” – a fantastic reference book for modern living.

Monochrome stylish rug for 17 year old boy's bedroom

In this instance she needed a rug for her 17 year old son’s bedroom, which was a fairly tight brief given that he only likes black and grey.  But the result – Wool Pebble Stade with a thick stripe grey border – is both smart and stunning!

Kate explains that her design inspirations come from anywhere and everywhere including “restaurant loos as they quite often use amazing tiles and decor effects to make the most of a small space” and hotel rooms which also often have to fit a lot into a small space.

Create a bespoke rug

You can create your own unique bespoke rug too. Find more “Rug Star” inspiration on the Alternative Flooring website – or if your appetite has now been whetted just come in and we’ll take a look at their books and samples together!

Call us (01590 675955) or call in Mon-Fri 9am–4pm, or email and we’ll fix a time to meet:

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