Emma Sims-Hilditch’s Top Tips on Using Rugs in Home Decor

When interior designers create a room scheme, they invariably work in layers to create comfort. And one of the most important elements of layering is the rug. This is the simplest of living room ideas to instantly make a space more welcoming.

So whether you’re looking for living room rug ideas or inspiration for other rooms in your home, get inspired by expert advice from Emma Sims-Hilditch of interior design agency Sims Hilditch.

“While furniture is often front and center when planning an interior, the importance of rugs shouldn’t be overlooked,” says Emma. “The right rug can bring an interior together, creating a perfectly finished space that flows.”

1. Carpet layering

Living room by Sims Hilditch looking towards the fireplace

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Layering in interior design is a technique used by professionals to bring texture, comfort and depth to their projects.

“To create a warm aesthetic, we suggest layering two rugs together, one overlapping. This works great in a living room under a coffee table, or in a cozy bedroom.

“A natural sisal rug paired with an opulent pattern is a particularly pleasing combination, creating a lovely contrast and bringing lots of character to the space. The natural tones and texture of a sisal rug bring a rustic quality to the room , paying homage to the countryside, while the patterned design injects an element of fun into the space.

2. Use old rugs

Living room by Sims Hilditch looking out the window

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When choosing a rug, consider bringing an extra layer of interest into your rooms with antique rugs.

“We often work with our customers to source antiques for their homes, and rugs provide a great opportunity to do so. Antique rugs incorporate a welcome historical element and bring a certain gravity to an interior, which works well in both contemporary and historic homes.

“A traditional interior is the perfect backdrop for an antique design that pays homage to its rich history, and a contemporary space benefits greatly from the character an antique rug brings. We often mix a mix of antique and contemporary pieces in our designs, bringing interest and depth to the interior.

3. Use rugs in unexpected rooms

Living room by Sims Hilditch looking towards the fireplace

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“Rugs shouldn’t just exist in the living room or bedroom. In many homes we work on, dining rooms, hallways and kitchens have stone or wood floors. Although a nice feature, it can feel cold and unattractive during the fall and winter months.

“Laying down a rug or rug in these spaces is an easy way to add a welcome element of comfort and warmth, although we recommend that you exercise caution if using sisal as it is quite difficult to clean.”

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