Antonia's Notebook: Statement Rug

PUBLISHED: 10:48 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:07 20 February 2013

Antonia’s Notebook: Statement Rug

Antonia’s Notebook: Statement Rug

All the latest interiors news and trends from Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards. Check out Antonia's design blog

A rug to make a statement
What advice would you give on choosing a feature rug for a living room?

Russell Salter from Gaff Rugs says, A common mistake is to buy a rug too small, so always measure before you purchase. Use a bed sheet, dust sheet or newspaper folded to the size you wish to fill. The ideal size should be approx 10-15cms away from any furniture to create a visual break.
When shopping for a rug its worth bringing along samples of colours and fabrics so that you have a reference to work from. If a room has a feature fire place, a big piece of artwork and as well as a look at me sofa or chair, then its best to choose a plain rug so that is doesnt confuse the eye. A rug with enough grip is very important, it will also make the rug last longer. Gaff make rugs in a huge range of designs, colours and materials. You can have your own design made in up to eight different shades (Brighton 01273 819202).

I want an easy-clean sofa
As much as I love my dogs and cats, their fur gets everywhere. How do I find stylish sofas upholstered in a robust material that's easy to clean?

Earthy colours and large scale print fabrics will always be more forgiving in terms of showing up marks. Having the fabric treated with a stain guard will also make it more resistant to dirt and moisture. Leather may be the most durable and aesthetically pleasing option. Hair and dust particles wont cling to it and cats may be less inclined to scratch it.
All fabrics undergo the Martindale rub test which measures their durability. A fabric with a high rating e.g. 40,000 rubs indicates that it will stay in good condition for longer.
Another option is to go for sofas with loose covers likethe Spitfire sofa by Duresta, available from a range at David Salmon Furnishers, 01323 722921.

Lights for a bedroom
What do I need to consider when choosing lighting for a bedroom?

By night, soft lighting should help you wind down so you can get a good night's sleep. However, a strong light source is essential when getting ready for work in the mornings, particularly on grisly grey days or mornings in winter. Installing a dimmer switch should do both.
Lamps and light fittings can instantly give style identity to a room, but the important thing is to find bedside tables that compliment your bedtime reading regime. Two contemporary wall lights either side of the bed will offer you hotel chic but if your partner goes to sleep earlier than you, consider an inconspicuous reading light with an adjustable head, likethe directional, multi-positional Sacha Orientable table lamp with adjustable arm by Ligne Roset (Brighton 01273 669680).

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