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How to choose a rug shape

When it comes to choosing the perfect rug for your space, it's not just size that matters. The layout and design of the space will determine what kind of rug shape fits best, whether it be round, oval, rectangular, an organically shaped cowhide or a long runner. 

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Rectangular rugs

Rectangular rugs, the most traditional shape, are versatile and add grandeur to any space. Each size is slightly suited to different types of spaces however, so it's best to know what kind of look you want before you get the measuring tape out. Obviously, your budget will play a role in your final decision too. 

Oversized rugs

Suited to large living spaces, an oversized rectangular rug can give the illusion of wall-to-wall carpet. Use them in open-plan areas to create individual zones and add warmth to a vast space.

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Large rugs

Used mostly in the larger rooms of a home, such as the living room and dining room, a large rectangular rug can really anchor large pieces of furniture such as sofas and dining tables. They also work well under a bed as a floor feature.

Small rugs

Usually, small rectangular rugs are used to add dimension to small living spaces by pulling together elements within the room while adding contrast. They work best as an anchor for a coffee table, desk or small rectangular dining table, or with an armchair as part of a reading nook.

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Round rugs

While you may think round rugs are difficult to style, they're not as limiting as they may seem. Round rugs function best as a highlight for similarly shaped furniture such as round dining tables or rounded armchairs. They are ideal for making smaller spaces appear larger, while adding a playful and cosy feel, which explains its popularity for kids rooms and nurseries. When using round rugs to anchor furniture, make sure at least part of the furniture rests on top of the rug.

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Oval rugs

The perfect choice for unconventionally shaped rooms, oval rugs combine the length and luxury of a rectangular rug with the softness of a round rug. Use them in large hallways or entryways to create an extended look and feel, or place one beneath a large oval dining table for a sophisticated statement. 

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Floor runners

Used mainly to accentuate narrow spaces and lengthen the appearance of pathways, floor runners are a staple in hallways, entryways and kitchens. For that red carpet feeling, also consider an opulent runner for either side or end of a bed.

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Layering different rug shapes

For areas where you need a little extra warmth, like the bedroom, lay a sheepskin rug over your area rug so you have a soft landing whenever you get out of bed in the morning. For a more sophisticated look in areas such as the living room or dining room, layer an organically shaped cowhide rug with a large understated rectangular rug. 
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The layered look also helps if you have a rug that you love that is too small for your desired area. Either centre it over a larger neutral rug, like a jute, hemp or sisal rug, or create a patchwork effect by laying multiple tonally similar patterned rugs side by side, adding texture to your space. You can also mix up rectangular rugs with round ones, overlapping the different shapes for an eclectic feel.

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