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How to Choose Rugs for your Open Plan Living Space

As soon as I laid eyes on my new Melbourne home I was elated that it had floorboards. I’ve never experienced a home with this sort of flooring before and I was dying to lay down some textural rugs; not only to warm the space up (Melbs is cold!), but to zone off my living and dining spaces in what is an open plan room.

The trick, of course, is to ensure that the two rugs work together in the space. They’re less than a metre apart, so they needed to exist in perfect harmony but not be the same. I also needed to match it to the wall art and other elements in the space.

Enter Choices Flooring, who have an awesome online tool you can use to lay down rugs on your virtual floor to see how they look (more on that here).

Let’s take a look at my living and dining room and how I came to choose the rugs (the space is a work in progress – with some more art required).

How to Choose Rugs for your Open Plan Living Space


Coastal and Geometric Rugs from Choices Flooring

I always consider two things when styling a room; how I want the space to feel and how I want it to function. It’s no different when choosing rugs!

Evolve Navy Blue Geometric rug from Choices Flooring

The Starting Point

I always ask myself two things when styling a room; how I want the space to feel and how I want it to function.

I wanted a lively space that was energetic and colourful, but not too crazy. These rooms are where I spend most of my time (as do the cats), so I wanted the rugs to look good and withstand spills and mess too (I kid you not – and this might be an overshare – but my cat vomited on the blue rug as soon as I put it down, and the stain lifted right out!).

You also have to think about what else is going on in the room. I had some vibrant art up on the walls, which you can see below, so I opted for one calm rug in the living room and one that was a little more visually stimulating in the dining room.

I’d recommend doing this in your open plan space; one calmer rug and one more lively. My living room has more going on in it, so it got the calm rug, whereas the dining space is just a table and four chairs, so it could handle a more lively choice underfoot.

Mood Boarding Floor Rugs and Wall Art together

Mood Board your Space

I think it’s imperative when doing any space that you mood board it. And this part of my home was no different. Above you’ll see that I used the Choices Flooring online tool to put the rugs I wanted onto my virtual floor.

I then took screen shots of the rugs and put them in a quick Word doc, up against snapshots of art that was going in the space too.

Once you have your images butted up like this, you can begin to see where style gaps may be or where you’re overloading a zone with too much of one colour/pattern/style.

As you can see with my mood board above, there are a lot of neutral and blues tones. I wanted to anchor the space with those and then accessories with pops of pink, turquoise and yellow through homewares pieces (still, a work in progress as I constantly evolve my home).

Rugs from Choices Flooring - Coast Dunes and Evolve Navy Blue

Choices Flooring Rugs

So, the rug you see on the left above is wonderfully textural. And it has soft beige and grey tones running through it. It’s called Coast Dunes and it does give a slight nod to a coastal aesthetic. But it would work just as well in a Scandi or industrial space. It feels amazing on your feet too!

The one on the right is a geometric rug and really pops on the warm-toned floorboards. It’s called Evolve Navy Blue and I love it because it’s eye-catching without being too distracting.

Want to give the Choices Flooring rug selector a go? Click here to hit their website and play!

What do you think of these rugs? Are you loving? Drop me a comment below if you fancy – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this space.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (7)

  • Hey Chris, Love the forethought you put into setting up your apartment – trying colours and patterns against the floors, walls and artwork using a bit of Word expertise!

    The Choice Flooring rug tool looks like it has some good potential as well, just not many flooring choices as of yet. (that I could see at least, maybe you saw more on there?)

    If ever you find yourself in a bit of a bind cleaning up your cats vomit again we have a handy chart on our site for spot cleaning – Rug washing and stain removal ;o)

    Keep up the good work mate.

  • What a lovely collection of rugs! They compliment your area beautifully. It separates the dining table from the sofa, but at the same time, the rooms are brought together through the colour scheme!

  • Erin

    Chris your home looks lovely, great colour choice. Can I ask where you purchased your rugs please? Well done on getting the stain out! 🙂

  • libbyb54

    I know this post is all about the rugs, but for me it’s the coffee table. Love the colour and its industrial edge.


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