Summer is almost here, and with the weather warming up, you might be thinking about redecorating your home to match the longer days and balmy nights. Rugs are often associated with warmth, but they can also be used to create all kinds of looks, including the beachy summer vibes of a coastal retreat.
If anything epitomises Australia, it is our love of the beach and our attachment to the ocean. Ocean tones such as blues, greens, aqua, blue-grey and cyans, are ideal for creating calming coastal vibes when the weather warms up, and days at the beach are followed by balmy evenings and barbecues. Think whitewashed walls, grey flooring and an ocean-toned rug to soften the look and give a pop of seaside colour. Pair with neutral tones and yellows to complete the nautical look.
Our obsession with indoor/outdoor living has seen the outdoor rug grow in popularity in recent years. The thought of placing a rug outdoors may seem like an odd thought, but outdoor rugs are designed specifically to be fit for purpose. Made from heat-set polypropylene and UV stabilised, outdoor rugs are hard-wearing and will stay looking bright. They are also stain-resistant, pet-friendly and ideal for those families with young children.
Natural fibres like jute and cotton have always been popular choices for holiday homeowners. Eco-friendly jute works well with almost any colour palette and is available in a range of shapes and sizes to suit different areas. Jute is also easy to clean and ideal for those who suffer from allergies and seasonal hay fever. Our favourite thing about jute is its thickness, which not only feels nice underfoot but also helps reduce noise from hard flooring.
Cotton also works well in the summer with its low pile and breathable properties. Lighter and cooler underfoot than Wool, a cotton rug won't absorb as much heat, but will still add a layer of insulation to prevent air-conditioned air from escaping.