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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:

Enhance your room with a bespoke rug

Enhance your room with a bespoke rug

Hard floors and fitted carpet can benefit from a rug

Design your own rug with John Cooper CarpetsIncreasingly hard floors are a popular choice downstairs, whether hardwood, laminate, vinyl or tile. Incredibly practical, they can lack a certain snugness which can be easily remedied with a rug. A rug has a unique way of bringing together all the elements of a room, such as the style and colour scheme. A rug can also be laid over wall-to-wall carpet to enhance a room.

There are many other benefits of having a rug:

Noise reduction

A rug will significantly decrease the noise in your space. Carpet quieter to walk on than a hard floor and also absorbs sound from the air. Lay down an area rug and listen to the difference.

Comfort and warmth

Carpet is, of course, a lot softer than a hard floor and far more comfortable to stand on. A rug is also warmer than a hard floor, providing greater insulation, especially if it has a pad under the rug.

Layered rugs by Alternative FlooringCosy space

A rug helps space feel grounded. When properly placed, a rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a cozy, intimate space. For example a living room rug should be large enough that all the main pieces of furniture are all sitting on or touching the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is lost or floating in the room.

JCC Top Tip: Choose the biggest rug you can afford for the space to pull the room together.

A rug can also help the space the feel calmer. Energy travels quickly over hard surfaces, and more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast-flowing energy can create feelings of excitability or anxiety, so with nothing to slow down the energy flow, space can feel somewhat chaotic. A rug slows the energy and introduces a sense of calm.

Choose the largest rug you can afford to fit your space


A rug can actually have a positive effect on allergens in the home. For years, people with allergies have been advised to remove all carpeting from the home, as carpets trap allergens. Recent studies have shown that carpet is actually beneficial to allergy sufferers because it traps allergens, keeping them out of the air, where they will be breathed in. If you have no carpet in your home and suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions, you may find that a rug will help alleviate some of those problems.

Design your own rug with John Cooper Carpets

Design your own rug with John Cooper CarpetsGone are the days when you need to trawl around furniture stores searching for a rug to match your room’s size and colour scheme. We can help you create a rug that is perfect for your space.

Choose the main material for the centre of your rug from a huge selection. Choose your border style – single, double, narrow, wide, piping… it’s your call! And choose your border fabric: cotton, jute, linen, leather, faux suede, tweed, herringbone… there’s quite a choice! Choose your colours. Then choose the exact size that you require for your room.

JCC Top Tip: If you are playing it safe with plain coloured furniture, bring personality and fun into your room with a bold statement rug, think colour and pattern…

Come along to the John Cooper Carpets showroom in Lymington or call us to discuss how you can make your room cosier with a bespoke rug. We can design with you a rug from the Alternative Flooring and Greendale Carpets ranges.