Choosing a Model
There are so many models that the best thing to do is trust in your own taste and instincts... while respecting your existing decor: stay in keeping with the style of your furniture, the colors and patterns of the curtains, couch, and armchairs. But don’t hold back: a beautiful old room might be better enhanced with a design interior, or an ethnic rug could look great in a classic living room!
Carpet or Kilim ?
Thicker and softer, carpets are made up of strands of wool tied together... Imagine the time and patience required to produce a large format!
With a lighter and stiffer texture, the kilim, the noun of Turkish origins, signifies: “the technique of flat weaving”.
Both styles have their following. Once again, it is all a matter of taste and of where the rug will be placed.
For the modern rugs, neither variety will attract more dirt than the other and they both require the same level of maintenance.
All things measurement...
In a living room, the surface area of the carpet must not exceed more than a quarter of the size of your room. An easy way to visualise the space that it will occupy once installed is to outline the dimensions with scotch tape and lay sheets of newspaper down inside this frame.
It is better to avoid choosing a carpet that is too large or one with a dark color for a small room. However, anything is possible in terms of sizes and designs in a large space, including juxtapositions or layering of carpets to achieve a patchwork effect. If in doubt, it is best to opt for a slightly oversized carpet rather than one that is too small, since it could have a “shrinking” effect.
Under a dining room table, ensure you have enough room for the chairs when you draw them back to sit down; in general, your rug must always be larger around the circumference of your furniture (table, buffet, coffee table...) by about 50 cm on average.
In the living room, theoretically, the width of the carpet should be roughly equivalent to that of the couch, but you may also prefer to place the two front legs (or the whole) of your couch on the rug.
There are many options in a bedroom: as a bedside rug; two rectangular carpets to place on each side of the bed; or a larger rug to slide under the feet of the bed. The same applies for children’s bedrooms: any format is possible, depending on the usage and size of the room.
For a long corridor, try to cover as much space as possible, leave a space of at least 5 cm on each side, between the skirting boards and the rug.
Pay attention to the thickness: doors leading into the corridor must be able to open without difficulty.
It is increasingly common to see rugs in kitchens; I would advise you to prefer the pieces that are the easiest to maintain.
There are of course other options than the floor: some highly decorative carpets make very beautiful mural decorations or original headboards for a bed. Let your imagination run wild...