Round Rugs: For the Best Spot in the House
Where is your favourite spot in the house? Everyone has a favourite place to relax and recuperate (even our pets!), whether it’s a room, a piece of furniture or a hidden corner.
While any rug can make a room that bit nicer with a fresh influx of colour, softness and warmth, a round rug can define an area, reserving it as a V.I.P. – a Very Important Place. The circular shape breaks up the lines of the room and any furniture to bring added style and statement to your favourite area.
Despite the many design merits of a round rug, lots of us are put off by the logistics of their shape. We’re complete round rug converts, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spots, made even better by round rugs.
Picture a messy hallway: coats tossed over bannisters and nearby furniture, over-stuffed coat hooks on the wall, too full to function. Shoes scattered around the floor causing a trip-hazard.
In this scenario a round rug can be a real ally. Paired with a coat stand and a side table for keys and essentials, you can inject some well-needed organisation into this small space. Guests and family members will be drawn to this central spot, taking the hint to deposit their shoes and coats in an orderly fashion, and hopefully freeing up your once-messy hallway for good.
Synthetic rugs with a short pile are perfect for this kind of high-traffic area as they’re easy to clean and durable, but still add plenty of warmth and colour into your hallway.
Put your feet up, turn off the TV and let the world fade away while a good book takes you away. Finding the right time to get stuck into a novel is important (no interruptions please), but so is where you choose to read.
Comfort is key, and warm, soft surroundings are essential to help your become immersed in the story. For maximum cosiness we recommend a comfy armchair, a deep pile round rug and maybe even a footstool. A soft deep-pile rug will feel sumptuous under your feet while the round edges create a border of reservation that clearly declares this area is dedicated to maximum peace and quiet. When you’re not there enjoying a peaceful hour or two, this same area will add an enviable focal point.
No one needs to sit down more than new parents, and a nursing chair is the perfect companion for you and your baby, whether they’re feeding, burping, being rocked or sleeping. This tranquil spot is the ideal candidate for a round woollen rug, which will be warming and sound insulating – ideal for those middle of the night feeds. A round rug can mark the area as a peaceful haven for you and your baby, while the dense pile quiets the sounds of a rocking nursing chair and will help to keep mums’ and dads’ feet warm while they keep baby snug in their arms.
Tea (or coffee) spot
A good cup of tea, some dunkable biscuits, good friends and a fluffy round rug is the perfect combination for an afternoon of giggling and gossiping. A circular rug is ideal for bringing people together at a central point – the perfect socialising tool. To maximise gabbing you’ll just need to pair it with a coffee table and a really good brew. Although a round rug looks good with most styles of furniture, topping it with a round coffee table will add certain level of continuity that really reinforces that central point to gather around.
Nothing is more active than a child’s mind, and you want them to be comfortable wherever their imagination takes them. An easy to clean synthetic rug is an ideal companion for your little one’s playroom or bedroom, and by defining an area specifically for play, a round rug can help you teach them about keeping this space organised and tidy. Synthetic yarns are ideal for creating bright colours, as well as being robust enough for all the rough and tumble of playtime.
Big party? Important meeting? Supermarket trip? Sometimes there’s only one thing that needs to be centre of attention and that’s you. Paired with a full-length mirror and a side table, or placed under the chair of your dressing table, a plush round rug can become the perfect spotlight for all of your outfit trials (and a comfy place to test out those new shoes). A round rug will create a focal point in your room, while you’re the focal point in your mirror, and a confident contemporary design like a statement floral in bold colours should make you feel extra fabulous.
Waking Up spot
Try as we might to get up on the right side of the bed, our mornings aren’t always filled with birdsong and soft sunlight peeking through the window. When it’s hard to pull yourself from your slumber, a gorgeously fluffy deep pile circle rug by the side of your bed can help ease you into the day. Pick a shaggy rug to sink your feet into, and make those first morning steps a bit more bearable.
You can take our advice or take the lead and experiment, just remember to always pair your rug with an anti-slip mat to make sure they’re extra safe to walk on, and don’t go walkabouts from the place you’ve put them.
For more information about buying a rug including sizing, materials and how they’re made, read our Rugs Buying Guide.