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how to choose the perfect Adairs rug

How to choose the perfect Adairs rug for your room

In today’s post we are going to be sharing with you our top tips and tricks for selecting the perfect Adairs rug to suit your home and lifestyle requirements. Rugs are a key component of any room and interior designers consider them an essential when designing spaces such as the living room, dining room or bedroom. Rugs can have many benefits including softening the space, defining zones, creating a focal point and brining the room together through forming a grounding point. There are many aspects to consider when shopping for the right rug including finding the right size, ensuring it is suitable for pets and children, selecting the perfect colour and caring for your rug long term. We will be covering all of these essential steps to ensure you select a rug that is perfect for you, your home and your lifestyle.


Finding The Correct Size

The size of a rug can completely change how your space feels as it creates balance and harmony to complement your furniture. Before purchasing your rug, it is essential to measure the space you will be using it in and ensuring you purchase the correct size. Start by measuring the room as a whole and then measure the sofa length if you are in the living room or the bed width if you are in the bedroom. The rug should be placed approximately halfway underneath the furniture piece and extend beyond the edges. Once you have your measurements you can head into Adairs to find the perfect rug to suit your space.


Consider Your Lifestyle

When selecting your Adairs rug it is essential you consider your lifestyle and the people and animals that will be using the space. If you have pets or young children, we recommend opting for a rug that has some pattern in it to hide any stains that may occur and avoid any rugs that are too light in colour. Adairs have a great range of washable rugs that are super soft underfoot but can be popped in the washing machine for easy cleaning should any mishaps occur. Washable rugs are a great solution for being able to have a beautifully put together living room, without compromising on style and function.


Create Contrast Or Blend Into The Background

Now that you know the correct size and what style of Adairs rug to choose to suit your lifestyle, you can think about the perfect colour and design to suit your space. When selecting a rug, we suggest choosing a colour that will contrast with the larger furniture pieces in the room to create depth and balance. If you have a medium toned sofa, then we suggest going either a few shades lighter or darker in the rug to create the perfect look. You can go bold with a colour such as green or blue and choose a geometric or intricate pattern to create a focal point within the space. If you would like the rug to blend seamlessly into the surroundings, then we suggest choosing a simple pattern seen in a flatweave or jute rug and opting for a neutral tone like this Dream Beige Rug from Adairs.


How To Care For Your Rug

To ensure your Adairs rug looks beautiful for the long term it is essential to understand how to clean rugs and maintain them. If a spill occurs, we suggest using a stain remover or natural solution as soon as possible to avoid the stain seeping into the fibres. With regular vacuuming your rug will be brought back to life and avoids it looking flat or lifeless. If you have chosen a washable rug, then these can be washed in a machine when any large stains occur or you start to notice odours, however over-washing may depreciate its quality over time. We love this gorgeous checkerboard sage washable rug from Adairs to add a pop of colour to your space.

These simple steps should arm you with the confidence you need to head in store and purchase your Adairs rug. The friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the perfect colour and style to suit your space. Head in store this weekend and don’t forget to check out our other retailers to pair your rug with the perfect homewares and furniture pieces too.


How to: spring clean your wardrobe

Now that spring has arrived, the annual urge for a wardrobe reset is officially in full swing. We bet you’ve already noticed the pile of mismatched shoes or those half-hung coats, right? Well, those are the unmistakable signs telling you it’s about time for a spring clean.

But let’s be honest, tackling a wardrobe clear-out can be a little overwhelming – we find ourselves asking where to start, what supplies to buy, and most importantly, what to cull. But no worries, here at Homemaker The Valley we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled the best steps to make the whole process easier. Simply follow our guide below and your wardrobe will be in top shape before you know it.

Step one: categorise

First things first, it’s time to empty your wardrobe and categorise. This means you need to set aside a good chunk of time dedicated to spring cleaning your wardrobe. Take everything out and lay it on your bed or a clean surface. Then, sort your clothes into categories – think tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and accessories. This is going to help you assess the quantity of each category and will make the next step a whole lot easier.

Step two: declutter

Decluttering might just be the most difficult step, but it’s also the most crucial. It’s time to decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate, sell, or discard. If you get stuck, here are some questions to guide you: Does it fit? Have you worn it in the past year? Is it damaged? Does it match your current style?

Step three: donate and sell

Time for more categories! Separate the items you no longer want into two piles – one will be donated and the other will be sold. Clothes in good condition can be donated or given to friends and family. High-quality or barely used items can be sold through a consignment store, online platform, or even a garage sale.

Step four: clean and organise

Now that you’ve narrowed down your wardrobe, let’s clean the space. This is when all your hard work starts to pay off – the end is in sight! Be sure to dust the shelves, wipe down surfaces, and vacuum the floor (simple, but super effective!).

Step five: storage solutions

Your wardrobe should look like an empty canvas, which means it’s time to consider some storage solutions. Look at the space holistically and compare its size to the amount of clothes you need to fit in. If you’re looking to optimise the space, then a trip to Homemaker The Valley is a must. Howards Storage World has a wide range of clothes hangers, drawer dividers, and hanging rails that are ideal for wardrobe organisation.

Tip: if you have limited closet space, consider rotating your wardrobe seasonally. Store out-of-season clothing in vacuum storage bags from Howards Storage World to free up some space.

All that’s left to do now is pop everything back into place and there you have it, the ultimate guide to spring cleaning your wardrobe! Remember, if you make an effort to keep your wardrobe neat and tidy, then the spring clean will get easier and easier every year.

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