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Christel du Preez of Cape Town writes My living room needs something to ‘tie it all together’, like a rug. But I have no idea where to start! For example, what should I consider when it comes to size, design, material, texture and colour? Please help!

Wouter le Roux of Hello Charlie Interior Design Studio replies Rugs are a great solution when it comes to bringing furniture, and a look, together. They can also create spatial definition between dining and living areas in an open-plan room where furniture has a tendency to ‘float’. Here are some tips on choosing the right rug:

1 Proportion and size is key Avoid a ‘floating rug’ look: it should sit under the front legs of a sofa and occasional chairs to connect the furniture visually and create a cohesive whole. Make sure that you buy the right size rug for your space so that it’s in proportion with your existing furniture; it is a good idea to ‘overextend’ on either side of an item of furniture.

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