As winter approaches and the evenings get chilly, people look for ways to make their home warmer, more comfortable and more inviting during the cold dark months ahead. This year forecasters are predicting a relatively cold autumn and winter period following what turned out to be a much cooler and wetter summer than normal, which makes it even more important to keep warm indoors.
In recent years, the trend in interior design towards exposed floorboards and laminate flooring means that wall to wall carpeting is no longer the norm in British homes. UK homeowners tend to compensate for the absence of fitted carpets by adding designer rugs to introduce a splash of colour and induce a sense of warmth and comfort, especially in autumn.
Rugsare not just functional but can be considered objects of art for the floor. A colourful designer rug could even inspire the interior design scheme for an entire room.
Although sales have fallen from their 2008 peak, the popularity of rugs remains undiminished as they continue to dominate the UK flooring market. In 2010, rugs and carpets had an estimated 56% share of the UK floorcoverings market value of just under £1.8bn.
For anyone who seriously cares about their flooring, whether as an interior designer, store buyer, lifestyle journalist or trendy homeowner, there is only one place to watch. Everyone’s eye will be on Domotex, the world’s largest flooring trade show, which is held every autumn in Hannover, Germany. This is where you can find out what is hot in flooring and discover the latest trends in rugs.
The key trends for the 2012/2013 season as seen at Domotex this year are reflected in current ranges from leading designer rug companies, such as Brink and Campman :
When it comes to gaining access to a wide selection of rugs in traditional and contemporary designs online retailers have a huge advantage over local ‘bricks and mortar’ carpet stores which can only stock and display a limited range. One of the best sites for purchasing rugs online is Rug Store NE.
Both modern and traditional rugs are represented in the Rug Store’s latest collections for the 2012/2013 winter season. Whatever your personal taste or preference, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a new designer rug for your home that reflects the latest trends.