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Pillow Talk has rug styles to suit every home and budget, with our collection perfect for protecting your floors, whilst adding in extra layers of style, comfort and warmth to your home. Choose from a great range of styles – from modern and printed, to neutral or bright. Our range of rugs also comes in a wide range of different constructions from wool, to jute, cotton and more, to suit your style and preferences.  Read our tips on rug styling here

Whatever your style, you’ll find it at Pillow Talk. 

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How to select the right size rug size for your room?

Choosing the right size is the most important step in choosing your rug. Not only does the wrong size throw off your styling, but also any potential changes in the future. The basic rule; the bigger the room, the bigger the rug.  If you think your space is between sizes or you're not quite sure, err on the side of caution by opting for a larger size to ensure the area looks well-considered and thoughtful rather than disorganised. Before buying your rug, know your room size, both length and width, as well as the size of the furniture within the room. For example, how long your couch is, as well as if you want the front legs to sit on the boarder of the rug.

For a classic furniture layout where the chairs or sofa sit against the wall, the rug needs to be big enough to fit under the front legs of the chairs, sofa, and the table, if there is one.

If your sofa and chairs float in the middle of a room, all four legs of each piece of furniture should be able to fit on the rug to ‘anchor’ it.

If you still aren’t sure, you can bring out the tape measure, and some painters tape and mark out the size of the rug on your floor to really get a visualisation in the room. 

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How to choose a rug material?

When choosing the fabric for your rug, knowing where you will be placing your rug will help determine your final decision. It will have an impact on how durable the rug is, softness underfoot, cost and whether it can be used indoors or outdoors.

Wool is the most commonly used fabric for rugs, due to its durability, insulating properties, cosiness underfoot, and its softness. However, it isn’t good for damp places as wool absorbs humidity and can be subject to fading. Wool rugs are best for high traffic areas such as the living room or dining room.

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Cotton is commonly used to make flat-weave rugs. Generally, it is more affordable than wool, and easy to clean, but isn’t as durable over long periods of time. Cotton rugs are best suited for kitchens, and children’s rooms.

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Jute is strong and durable, and also a natural fibre which creates a rug rich in texture with an earthy palate. Some rugs can be more on the coarse side and subsequently slightly harder to clean but are great for high traffic areas such as the living room due to the durable nature of the natural fibres.

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Man-made fibres such as viscose and polypropylene mimic the characteristics of natural fibres, but are easier to clean, and can be used in a wide variety of high traffic areas and often outdoors.

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How to choose a rug pattern?

Whether you are trying to get cosy or you just want to go bold, staying true to your overall theme of the room or home is key to maintaining a cohesive aesthetic. This means that your rug has to complement your colour palettes and patterns. A few basic rules to remember whilst choosing your rug:

  • If your main furniture items are a solid colour, consider a patterned rug. You could then match the secondary colour in the rug with the furniture item.
  • If your main furniture items are printed or patterned, a solid-colour rug would work best, but making sure the colour complements the furniture colour.

Rugs will also help to set the mood in the room, so the colour is very important. Dark or richer colours can help define a more intimate space, while lighter colours make a smaller space appear larger. 

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How to care for your rug?

Care instructions will vary for each type of rug, but these are some general tips:

When you rug arrives, it might either come folded, or rolled. Place on the floor and leave for a few days to allow to flatten. Some rugs might also shed when you first purchase, which is perfectly normal for the first few months – simply vacuum to clean up. You should vacuum your rug regularly to pick up any dust or food. If food or drink is spilled, treat as soon as possible by blotting the stain first with a dry cloth, then use a small amount of mild soap or wool wash to loosen stain and blot again. If your rug receives direct sunlight, it is best to rotate regularly. 

Additionally, a rug underlay is a great way to keep your rug in position, as well as preventing slipping. It will also protect against friction with the floor against your rug, and vice versa. 

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