Choosing a Rug That Perfectly Matches Your Flooring

Thinking of choosing a rug but don’t know where to start looking?

There are a fair few things to think about before you can start choosing a rug. You need to figure out where it’s going to go, what size you’ll need and what colour you want. But you should also think about your current flooring situation before deciding.

The type of flooring will determine what features you should be looking for in a rug. Different styles, colours and fibres will work better on different floors. This might determine the thickness of rug you choose. You might also want to think about how busy the space is. You should consider a different material rug for a busy path than you would for a space that isn’t often walked through.

This applies to all types of flooring, including stone, carpet, tiles, laminate, and hardwood. Unsure on what to look for? What rug should you get if you have a tiled floor compared to a laminate one?!

Don’t panic. To make life easier, Land of Rugs put together this helpful infographic. It outlines what features to look for in a rug depending on the floor type, covering all the most popular floors found in households. Simply check out these tips for your current flooring and you’ll find that matching rug in no time!

 

Infographic from Land of Rugs on choosing a rug that perfectly matches your flooring

 

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How to Use Statement Lighting

Lighting is something that many people use because they have to. But how often have you thought to use statement lighting as a piece of decor or art?

You can use statement lighting in your home so easily. It’s affordable and is the sort of thing you can put up yourself in half an hour. Lighting makes a huge difference to your home. You wouldn’t put a tiny light on a huge wall, or one small light over a large dining table. Lighting is all about the effect the light has when it’s turned off as well as on.

So how can you use lighting to make a statement, and why is it important to do so?

 

To Zone a Space

Without a focal point, a space is lost. There’s nowhere for your eye to go. You need a statement object that your eye is instantly drawn to, which pulls you into the room. If you have a large open plan space, there can be confusion as to what its focal point is. Zone a room by hanging a statement light to separate the room into smaller sections so your brain can take it all in.

For example, if you have a large kitchen diner, the focal point will be the dining table. Use statement lighting here to make it the subject of the room. Lighting designer, Paula Arntzen, owns Studio Arntzen which has lots of beautiful statement lights available. Take a look at that stunning butterfly light in the header.

The bigger and more detailed the light, the better. It will draw your attention up to the ceiling, making the ceiling appear higher than it is. Visit the design light shop to get inspiration for your next statement light.

 

To fill an empty space

Have you ever felt like something is just missing but you couldn’t put your finger on it? Lighting is an excellent way to fill a boring space. Use statement lighting above your staircase, on large walls, in bare corners, etc.

 

Use statement lighting over your staircase. Large staircase with long hanging lights.

 

Use tall floor lights that shine the light up the wall. This will not only add interest but can also make the ceiling feel higher again, which is wonderful if you have a smaller home.

To create ambience

Sometimes we do actually need to use the lights we’ve placed everywhere. You can add lights that not only come in handy but also create an atmosphere, like putting down lights under kitchen units. It will light up the work surface when you’re preparing food, but also create a lovely effect.

This lit-up sideboard adds a subtle amount of light, but is also useful for being able to see what’s in the cupboard.

 

Breakfast bar with hanging pendant lights and sideboard with lit-up backdrop.

 

 

People can sometimes be scared of anything statement – bold patterns, bold colours, mixing patterns. But using the right statement lighting in the right way can make a huge difference to the feel of your home.

 

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5 Steps To A Minimalist Living Room

Minimalist, modern living is a way to form a relaxing space, so here are the basic steps to achieve a minimalist living room.

Love them or hate them, you have to admit that minimalist, open plan spaces manage to tread the tightrope of being both impactful and relaxing all at the same time.

When we first looked around our house, we knew straightaway that we’d be knocking a wall down to create an open plan living space.

You want a space where you can combine a dining area with a lounge, or even a kitchen too if you choose to go fully open plan like me. Such spaces aren’t that hard to create. Just read the guide below to find out how to create a minimalist living room.

 

Step 1: Create space

The thing that you must do before all others when creating a minimalist living room is to examine the space you have to work with. You’ll have more work ahead of you if the rooms are separated off, as you will need to knock those walls down before you get going.

However, that doesn’t mean you get an easy ride if your space is already open-plan. Now is absolutely the time to clear any clutter and old items out. You need to create more space to allow new items to come in. 

Just remember to be sensible about the things that you are getting rid of, especially if they still have some use in them. You could donate this to charity, or friends and family instead of throwing them in the bin.

You don’t even need to have a car big enough to fit the larger items in because you can use a company like Shiply to pick them up and deliver them for you. This service makes it easier to be environmentally friendly with your minimalist renovation than ever before.

 

Step 2: Neutral pallet

Step Two is to define your neutral pallet for the space. Modern neutrals include different hues of white, greys, and even the odd splash of black to emphasise certain elements of the room here and there.

Just don’t go overboard on the latter through, as it’s likely to shrink your living space and make things seem smaller than they really are.  

 

Step 3: Consider utility

Step Three is all about choosing the new furniture with what you need in mind first, rather than just getting it because it looks pretty. The idea being that to achieve a truly minimal space you want the least amount of items to fulfil the job in the room as possible.

 

Step 4: Consider placement

Step Four is all about deciding where to place the items mentioned in Step Three for the best effect. Consider the space between pieces of furniture and the effect that this has on the room before you make your final decision.

 

Step 5: Decorate with a light touch

Last of all, even minimalist rooms can have a few decorative touches. This, however, must be done with a particularly light touch.

That means the occasional objet d’art, or picture on the wall. These items should be chosen to coordinate with the original colours you’re working with. The reason for this being that it will help you retain that sense of space that is such a calming and expansive part of a minimalist living room. 

 

So there you go. Five easy steps to obtain a minimalist and clean living space. Do you like tidy and minimalist, or cosy and lived in?

 

How to freshen up your flooring

Freshen up your flooring with these useful tips.

Flooring is probably the thing that takes a beating most in our home. It has to cope with dirt, dust, food, and people walking over it all the time.

Is it time to fix up your home’s flooring? Here are a few instances in which you may need to make repairs or reconsider your flooring choice.

 

Getting Cold Feet

Wooden and ceramic floors may be easy to clean, but they can get cold in the winter. Stepping on those things in the winter can be a bit of a shock.

These sorts of floors are particularly likely to get cold if they haven’t been sealed. This is common with old floorboards. On top of sealing, make sure any cracks are filled. Underfloor insulation or underfloor heating are two costly but effective ways of heating up cold flooring.

Freshen up your flooring by replacing these with carpets from a company such as Walter Wall Carpets could be an obvious way of bringing more warmth to the floor. Alternatively, you could place a rug down in areas where you’re most likely to put your feet down such as by the bed, in front of the sofa and in the kitchen.

 

Squeaky floorboards

Floorboards can squeak for a variety of reasons. It may be a case of loose nails or poorly fitted joists, which then result in movement in the floorboards causing creaking.

There are lots of ways to fix a squeaky floorboard. If it is a gap between the floorboards and joist causing a noise, you may be able to wedge something underneath to fill the gap and stop the squeaking. If it is an issue with the nails, you may have to insert new nails or lubricate these nails to prevent the squeaking. Sometimes the nails simply need tightening. Over time they can become loose.

 

Tough stains

Tough stains that can’t be scrubbed may require professional cleaning equipment. You may have to hire a carpet cleaning machine or a floor scrubber (or a company that has these tools).

Alternatively, you could replace your flooring with more stain resistant materials. Wood should always be laminated whilst ceramic should always be sealed. Carpets are more likely to stain, although there are tough polypropylene carpets on the market that are easier to clean.

 

Warping

Warped or buckled wooden flooring is often the result of the wood being exposed to too much moisture. There could be dampness rising from the sub-floor concrete – this may require a concrete sealant such as Ardex Damp Proof Membrane. Alternatively, the warping could be due to too much water on the surface. If you have a laminated floor and constantly mop it with water, this could be the reason for warping.

 

Gapping and peaking

Wooden floorboards naturally expand and contract with temperature. When laid down, there should be just enough space between these wooden floorboards to allow for this movement. Too much space could result in gapping – large gaps in between the floorboards. No space at all could result in peaking – causing the wood to peak up in a tent shape as the wood has no room to expand.

You may need to relay the flooring to prevent this from happening. Temperature control (not letting your home get too hot or cold) may also be able to limit gapping and peaking, but is unlikely to be as effective a method.

If you’re getting new wooden floors put down, make sure the fitter knows to keep a reasonable gap for expansion and shrinking.

 

These tips should freshen up your flooring and make a big difference to your home!

 

Luxury Living: One Effective Change Per Room

Home is always going to be important, but a touch of luxury can just make everything that little more special.

Of course, “luxury” inevitably tends to mean “expensive”, and many of us just don’t have the room in our personal budget for luxurious home decor and design.

Or at least, we don’t have the budget to make an entire room luxurious. If this is the case for you, then it might be worth considering small, luxurious improvements: one change for each room.

If you’re curious about how this could work for you, then here are a few suggestions to get your thoughts whirring.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Living Room

It’s tempting to think that luxury for the living room should involve technology. Few of us would turn down the chance for a bigger, smarter television. Tech changes can be incredibly expensive, and they are also transitory. Your high-tech TV will be usurped by newer models in a matter of months.

If you want to go for luxury living in the living room, then look to your lighting. Good lighting is essential for living rooms. It helps to create an ambience, especially during the long nights of winter.

Opt for a floor lamp with an opulent shade, or install a stunning fixture as a ceiling light. These simple touches will improve the look and feel of the entire room.

 

 

One Luxury Item For… The Kitchen

Unlike the living room, the kitchen is a great place to experiment with tech that can make life easier. Kitchen tech tends to be more affordable, so you won’t have to go into the red to bring a touch of luxury to this space.

The top pick for the kitchen is a gadget that makes life easier, and that you know you’re going to use.

It’s tempting to opt for a juicer or NutriBullet, but these have a tendency to sit unused for months at a time.

Instead, why not treat yourself to a pressure cooker? That might not sound luxurious, but pressure cookers are all the rage at the moment due to their multi functionality and plenty of recipes have sprung up as a result. The higher-end options will look surprisingly stylish on your kitchen counter.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Bedroom

The perfect bedroom should be a sanctuary, somewhere you can retreat to at the end of every day. It’s an area ripe for a touch of luxury. A bedroom should also be comfortable, which is why investing in high quality bedding, good pillows, and luxury duvets should be at the top of your shopping list.

If you ensure that your bedding is soft, comfortable, and hard-wearing, then it’s a decision you won’t regret. Not only will you be able to sleep surrounded by comfort, but you’ll also improve the overall aesthetic of the room when the bed is made. Bedding is definitely the best choice if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury living to your beloved bedroom.

 

Luxury living doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. With the above, you can give yourself a taste of the high life, without having to dip into your savings to do it!

 


 

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