There’s no better way to tie a room together than with a luxuriously soft rug: but since there are hundreds of colors and designs to choose from, it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to find the right one. The good news is, there are a few simple considerations you can make to speed up and simplify the selection process.

Before you start shopping for rugs, you should determine where it’s going to go and whether it is going to be used for comfort, decoration or protection. For large open living spaces with hardwood flooring, soft natural woolen rugs are fantastic for dividing the room and adding softness underfoot. In House Rugs has a varied selection of large rugs that are the perfect finishing touch to any empty living space. Placing them in the middle of a room or next to a fireplace adds warmth and creates a stunning eye-catching centre piece.

Areas like kitchens and hallways are more suited to the durable qualities of a synthetic rug. Ideal for a bustling family home, these rugs are very resilient and can take a lot of wear and tear. They are also incredibly easy to care for: stains can be sponged down, dust can be quickly vacuumed and spillages can be soaked up. The most common synthetic materials are polypropylene, acrylic and polyester. They are all very hard wearing and have varying levels of softness.

Once you’ve decided on the material of your rug and where it will go, you’ll need to care for it and maintain its elegance. Certain rugs can be very delicate, so if you have to vacuum them, try to use the tools and accessories, so it isn’t as rough on the surface. As a general rule, you should never machine wash your rug unless advised to do so by the accompanying instructions.

If you can, avoid placing your rug in areas that are exposed to long periods of direct sunlight. This will reduce the effects of bleaching and color loss.