Adding a new rug can have a dramatic effect on a room's style, without having to re-design the entire space. Along with practically adding warmth and comfort to a room or space, rugs can also be an easy way to add your personality into your home. Shop for rugs online with Habitat today and discover how you can change up your interior design in an instant.
What types of rug are there?
Rugs come in all manner of shapes, colours, materials and designs. Let us run you through some of the styles you’ll find within our collection. If you need more info, refer to our rugs buying guide,
where we’ll guide you through the selection process in detail.
There are several common materials that rugs are made from. Arguably the most iconic is the sheepskin or shaggy rug. Crafted from natural sheepskin, this material provides a smooth finish and adds warmth to a room. Wool rugs also provide luxury with their deep pile finish.
Cotton rugs are also common, again made from natural material and providing a soft feel underfoot. These are also easy to clean, making them a practical choice for family households. Flat weave rugs are another easy to maintain option, with their low pile and easy clean properties.
Jute is a natural fibre that is hard-wearing and durable, so a jute rug is a great choice for high traffic areas that see a lot of footfall. We even have plastic rugs that can be used outdoors; perfect for alfresco living and dining.
Rug colours, patterns and textures
Rugs are miracle workers in your home. Used to tie your scheme together, or to give a room a lift when you want to transform on a budget, you can find a great range of designs, patterns and textures.
Multi-coloured options featuring geometric shapes can bring added interest to a tired space, while some of our rugs feature more off-the-wall psychedelic designs for added drama. Design isn’t the only way to make a statement; rugs in single colours can be just as impactful. Red, blue, green, yellow, orange… all bold hues that can lift a room.
If you’re looking for a subtler finish, a rug in a neutral shade can pull a space together without being overbearing. Think shades of cream, white, black, grey and brown for a more low-key palette.
Already got an idea of what you’re after? Use the filters on the left-hand side of this page to narrow your search by colour or material.
Shape is another consideration when purchasing a rug. The most common rug shape is rectangular, though square and round rugs are also popular and can help to set a room off. For narrow spaces, a runner is a great shape; long and wide to account for the lack of width in the area.
The natural shape of a sheepskin rug provides an effortless rustic look to a room, which is ideal for cosy snugs and Scandi inspired spaces.
Large or small; what size of rug do you need?
The size of rug you opt for will more than likely be dictated by the room it’ll be gracing. For expansive spaces, say in an open plan home, large area rugs can be used to zone off different sections. In tighter spaces, a small rug is more beneficial for incorporating interest and colour.
At this point, consider what role the rug should play within the room. Do you want to fill the entire floor space, or are you looking for an accent piece that ties the room together?
Habitat’s rug collection runs across several sizes, from small through to extra large. On each product page, you’ll find the dimensions of the rug, so you can be certain it’ll fit in your room. It’s always worth getting the tape measure out before you buy, just to be on the safe side.
Which rooms are suitable for rugs?
Versatile as they are, rugs can be used in most rooms of the house. Whether used as an accent to bring colour and pattern, or as a texturing piece to add warmth and cosiness, there are few places that won’t benefit from a rug.
In the living room, the vibe is usually one of relaxation and comfort. For that reason, a luxuriously deep and smooth rug is a simple way to elevate the cosiness levels. Placed beneath a central coffee table, or under the front legs of a sofa,
a large rug can become a focal point of the room. Bedrooms are also perfect for a luxury touch. Go big with a rug that fills the entire room, or add a classy touch with a shaggy rug at the bottom of the bed.
Dining rooms can also reap the rewards of a well-placed rug; consider using a large area rug underneath a dining table, leaving plenty of space for chairs, to mark out a central hub where you can enjoy family meals and entertaining friends.
In places like home offices and play rooms, a low pile rug is a safe bet; adding colour and interest, but allowing for easy movement of toys, wheeled chairs and more. Kitchens aren’t the most obvious place for a rug, but they’re not totally out of the question. In this instance, you’ll want something hard-wearing like jute or cotton, which is easy to clean.
In hallways, runners can accentuate the typically narrow space by running the length of the walkway. In this instance, stripes can add to the illusion by making a space seem longer and more expansive.
How else can you style your room?
Once you’ve settled on your new rug, place your order through our secure checkout. Delivery times vary between designs, but most of our rugs can be in your home within days.
Some of our rugs also have matching soft furnishings like cushions,
so you can tie in the rest of your furniture. Throws, curtains and wall art are also available to help you transform a room.
See? You don’t have to get the paint brushes and rollers out to rejuvenate your home!