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Rug Guide: Tips from Armadillo & Co

Rug Guide: Tips from Armadillo & Co

A rug is a great way to create warmth, make a focal point or just liven up a room.

Purchasing a good quality rug is a worthwhile investment, as well as providing warmth to a cold floor, a rug can also bring a cohesiveness to a room and really complete the look.

It's important to spend some time considering the colour, type of fabric and proportion of your chosen rug. With a few clever tricks, a rug can clearly define living areas and tie together your overall colour scheme. 

We sat down with Jen Berlin from Armadillo & Co to get the insider tips and tricks for purchasing the right size rug for your space. These tried and tested layouts can anchor a room, helping you to achieve a design that flows well and is pleasing to the eye. 


Picking the right size

Generally, the rule is to choose the largest rug possible while still leaving space between the rug and the walls to highlight the timber flooring. This will make the room feel spacious, inviting and well designed. However, ensure you can still open doors and allow for any cut-off corners of the room, such as fireplaces.

Furniture Placement

Place furniture that backs against walls off the rug, regardless of whether you are designing a living, dining or bedroom space. This will help the room to feel more spacious.

Living Room

To pull together a living area, choose a rug large enough to sit fully or halfway under couches with any side chairs sitting partially or fully on the rug. Modular seating looks best when placed entirely on a rug with at least 20cm of rug visible behind. If you prefer to have a small rug, arrange the seating an even distance from it.


Dining Room

The best size under a dining table is about 60-70cm wider all round and in proportion to the table, accommodating chairs when people are seated. Place a round rug under a round table to accentuate the table shape and enhance the room’s overall design.


Smaller rugs are often used in bedrooms. They can be placed on each or just one side of the bed, creating a soft, warm place from which to step in and out of bed. For a more luxurious look, place a large rug underneath the bed with a generous amount visible at the foot and sides. Keep bedside tables off the rug to highlight the floor and enhance the feeling of space.


As well as adding softness, rugs can add colour and whimsy to children’s rooms. Tuck the rug slightly under the bed to ensure little feet can find it easily. In a shared bedroom, place the rug between the beds to visually connect them and create a central play space. Smaller round rugs work well in nurseries under or next to cribs or make smaller spaces feel intimate and playful.

All Armadillo & Co rugs are available for order through The Vignette Room in standard sizes or can be custom made to fit your space. Browse the Armadillo & Co range here Contact us for information or for your free brochure.

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