Buying Rugs in Brisbane: Size, Colour and Styles

Rugs work great on tilled and wooden floors. Every living room, dining room area and entry room/foyer of your home should have a rug in the centre of it. Even if your home is open planned, rugs will zone your areas, anchor furniture and provide a layer of decor that makes the space its own.  

Sadly nice rugs are often expensive. Then most interior designers will tell you to "invest" in the largest rug you can afford, and that all your room's furniture should be placed on top of it. Yes this generally looks good. However, if you're sporting eight foot high ceilings, bold patterns on a rug that takes up most of your room can make your ceiling look a foot lower. This is great for creating an intimate dining space, but it's a little bit Alice in Wonderland through the tiny door, into the tiny room feeling.

You'll also note that the ceiling doesn't look balanced with the floor. This will be fixed in the future (hopefully sometime this year) when I change the cornices.

Alternatively, for small rooms big rugs should probably have an old world washed out look, as to not dominate over the table and this the focal point in the table or furniture in the room, and so the perceived ceiling height is maintained. The trick to picking out such a rug in the store is a little difficult, as they look really washed out when they are hung up vertically. These rugs really look different when placed on the floor or otherwise use your phone to take a picture of the rug when it is hung up and the photo will reveal how it would look on the floor without bothering the staff to take it down. However before buying the rug you should see it on the floor to be relatively sure that it is the right rug for your home.

Here's the thing thought, if you're hunting for large quality traditional rugs they will often cost you an arm and leg of your monthly pay cheques. My solution for this problem is to find local owner/operator shops in small shopping centres that import the rugs themselves. Locally in Brisbane Australia you will find this at:

Persian Rug House (

Shop 1: Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town, Sunnybank Hills.

Shop 2: Grand Plaza, Browns Plains.

Shop 3: Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, Mount Ommaney.

In these store, you'll find a range of small rugs and door mats. But more importantly they have range of 160 cm x 230 cm and 200 cm x 290 cm rugs, that will work for most dining rooms, study rooms, bedrooms and some living rooms. Prices differ per design, ranging from around $200 to $800 dollars for either of these larger sizes.

For living rooms it is difficult to find a 300 cm x 400 cm rug, large enough to put a three piece sofa set and coffee table on, so I generally just opt for putting the coffee table on a smaller rug and having the sofas floating around it. It's not technically ideal, but sometimes the budget rules.

On a final note, I never just go into the store and buy the rug. Usually I go in a few times over even a few months, take a picture of the ones I like and the ones I am considering for my home. I go home and measure the spaces, think about the colours of the room and the future direction of its decor elements and colour schemes. I then carefully go through these pictures on my computer and ask myself for each rug picture if this size, colour and pattern is right for this room. As much as I may like a rug and its patterns or colours, it has to be right for the room. I delete all the pictures of the rugs that won't fit. A bit like a television dating game. Finally when I have a small handful of considerations left, which are all either the same of a couple different colours, I ask my wife for what she thinks. Then I take a little more time to reflect on which one I want and which colours and patterns are going to be best, before I go back to the store to announce the grand winning run to the rug shop owner. Sometimes I've got it right, other times when I get to the shop and I show the picture of the room to the rug shop owner, he recommends a completely different rug. it's usually the same colour as I want. But it looked too washed out for me to consider it. This is why I learned you have to put these rug on the ground or take pictures of them to see what they will really look like. I then take this new rug into carefully consideration, and usually purchase it. Yes usually there is bit of an up sell but in my experience it has been worth the little bit of extra cost.


Brett Plagens

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