Autumn Winter Interior Design Trends 2016/2017

Interior design trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Colour schemes, patterns and themes change according to different cultures and eras past. The only question is, what’s on the cards for autumn and winter 2016 – 2017?


Copper has appeared everywhere during 2016, from picture frames to waste paper baskets. And with a warming hue, there’s no way we’ll lose this sophisticated trend come autumn/winter.
The best way to incorporate copper is with subtlety. Utilise the colour in things like throw cushions and cosy coppery-orange rugs, or go bolder with copper metal accessories. Our favourites are cage-like candle holders, and sets of copper pots and pans. When hung on the wall rather than stored in a drawer, the latter become stylish accessories rather than simple cooking utensils.

Natural materials

Bringing the outside in is a great way to create a cosy abode during wintertime. This doesn’t always mean investing in heaps of wooden furniture. Angie, of Culture South West, has some great tips for employing the natural materials trend in your home.
“We spend a lot more time inside during the winter months, often leaving nature well and truly locked outside. And yet, we all need a bit of nature to brighten up those short dark days, so I feel this season will be filled with rugs made of natural fibres, as they're not only a great way to add depth and warmth to your home, but also more environmentally friendly and long lasting.”


This Danish notion of cosiness and togetherness is taking the world by storm, and with the chilly autumn nights drawing in, expect to see more hygge interiors popping up in your Instagram feed.
To inject hygge into your own interior , make a list of the things that make you feel most at home. These could be everything from plants and natural wood furniture to plush rugs, thick blankets and candles. It’s a simple way to make over your living space, but oh so effective.

Scandinavian style

From fashion to home décor, Scandi-style is the order of the day. This trend is showing no signs of being consigned to the history books, and that's probably down to just how easy it is to achieve.
Geometric patterns, pastel tones, mid-century modern furniture and pale wood floors all bring the look together. Create one giant smorgasbord of textures and patterns to turn your home into a Scandinavian retreat, or pick your favourite elements to give your home a lift.

Organic glamour

From colours to materials, Lucy, of Lish Concepts, predicts that this autumn/winter season will be dominated by organic palettes and prints.
“Winter 2016 is all about Organic Luxurious Glamour,” Lucy says. “Inspired by all things botanical and horticultural, we are seeing floral and botanical prints set against darker backgrounds. Dark greens, rich inky blues and blacks are highlighted by the luxurious opulence of metallics, especially gold. If that is too dark for you, there is also room for a more pastel palette: think icy Nordic fjords.
“Artisanal is still key, and people will be looking to incorporate handmade, handwoven and hand-dyed elements into their interiors.”

Portuguese tiles

You won’t have failed to notice pictures of Portuguese-style floor tiles adorning social media feeds and magazines. Their bright colours and vintage aesthetic makes them incredibly covetable, and with endless patterns available, they’ll fit nicely into virtually any home.
These tiles might be a little cold underfoot during autumn/winter, but we think that’s the perfect excuse to lay down a toasty shaggy rug or don your warmest slippers. Failing that, why not replace odd tiles along your kitchen or bathroom walls with a Portuguese-style alternative? Or, if you’re feeling bold, use them to tile the whole wall!


Once just a mainstay of high-end hotels, marble has made its way into our homes. Coffee tables, work surfaces, trinket trays and even mobile phone cases have had the marble treatment, whether through the power of print or actual stone.
The popularity of marble in the Scandinavian trend means that, come autumn and winter, it’s still coveted by bloggers and homeowners alike. This trend can be quite full on, so start small with marble-print accessories (such as notebooks and vases), then think about getting bolder. How about a minimalist marble clock?

Golden Hues

Pastel colour schemes are still a firm favourite among homeowners, but with the chilly weather setting in, Anna, of Don’t Cramp my Style, is predicting an influx of golden autumn hues.
“This autumn, the most popular indoor colour schemes contain soft pastels that blend with shades of orange, brown and grey. Metallics like bronze, copper and gold will also make appearances. The metallic trend will continue well into winter, replacing shades like silver and chrome. I think textures will play a huge role this season (blending sheepskin with wool and linen), as well as typography and abstract graphics.”
What are your favourite autumn/winter design trends? We’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below! 


Dulux Colour of The Year 2017

Dulux have released the colour of the year for 2017. Denim Drift is the name and diversity is the game.

The blue-grey hue has been picked for its ability to fit into all interior design styles. The adaptability of the colour makes it suitable for everyone. The tone takes on a different characteristic depending on what it is paired with which keeps it fresh and interesting. 
Dulux forecast the colours that we are going to put on our walls years in advance. Their job is to know exactly what style we will love – before we even know ourselves. Alongside Denim Drift, Dulux have produced a palette of tones that complement each other and that will embody the year of 2017. Their colour prediction was centred on four lifestyle trends; New Romanticism, Shared Individualism, The Working Home & Considered Luxury.

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New Romanticism is all about vocalising our issues surrounding the environment; it’s about sustainability; it’s about bringing nature back into our urban world and reconnecting with our spiritual selves. Dulux say: “Although this trend comes from a place that is deeply considered, it translates into our homes in a boho, eclectic fashion that immerses you in the natural world and transforms your home with a truly creative flair.” 

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Shared Individualism is focused on how society is changing, how we meet people is changing, the digital age is taking over and social structure isn’t what it was. It’s about the joining of people and the sharing of space. Dulux say: “This colour palette has a fresh and playful mood which is perfect for creating a shared space to enjoy together.”

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The Working Home is no surprise, it’s about how, again due to the digital age, we are able to work from any space. People work from home and we are constantly switched on.  The boundary between work and life is shifting. Dulux say that they have developed a colour palette to help you create different zones in the home, and a fluid environment that fits both.

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Considered Luxury is the changing of our priorities. Dulux say “buy less, choose well and make it last” There is a new consumerism in which value is placed on experience rather than possession. It’s the idea that the memories made within the walls are more important than the walls themselves. This trend captures a new way of living.

It looks like 2017 will be a year to embrace the blue hue! Click here to search our 
blue rugs.

The EDITO Rug Range.

Edito may be new to the world of rugs, but their designs are already standing out from the crowd. 
Designed in Paris by Isabelle Desauty, Edito's first collection, Antidote, is fresh, graphic and very different! The designs are all hand drawn before being entrusted to quality manufacturers in Belgium who use the latest weaving technology. The outcome? A collection of high quality rugs full of artistic imagination & flair.
The Serie Noire is one Edito's stand out pieces. The graphic and somewhat gory design is striking and unique. This quirky rug would look great in a New York loft or a high-tec bachelors pad, what do you think?

Other stand out peices include the 'Dandelion' rugs. The simplistic design comes in three different colourways and looks like a work of art for your floor!

'Masomnos' which means ‘More or Less’ in Spanish, is another favourite design of ours, we think this would look great in a scandi styled home! The simplistic design could work really well as a centre piece to a room, but could just as easily blend in to the background, for a more subtle interior.
We are very excited to be one of the first companies in the UK to be stocking such a diverse and unique collection. Shop EDITO

How to Get Makeup out of a Carpet

Ahh makeup – it’s all fun and games until it’s been trodden into the fibres of your carpet and shows no signs of coming out. 
But before you rip your carpet out or throw away your favourite rug, try out some of the below tried and rested methods to save your carpets. 


The golden rules

Always spot test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t make the stain worse.
It’s important to use a clean, white cloth to tackle your stain. Adding more colour to a makeup stain is never a good move.
Don’t use bleaching agent on a natural wool carpet. It could damage the fibres beyond repair, and could even make it prone to catching more dirt.

How to get eyeliner out of carpet

You will need: washing up liquid, cold water and a cup or glass.
Step one: Mix one table spoon of the washing up liquid with two cups of cold water.
Step two: Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain repeatedly with the solution, using a clean area of the cloth each time.
Step three: Blot the liquid repeatedly until the stain fades away 
Step four: If the above steps don’t remove the stain, mix ½ cup of warm water with one tbsp. of ammonia and sponge the carpet with the solution. 
Step five: Keep blotting until the solution is fully absorbed. 

Extra tip: For stubborn stains that aren’t being removed by the above methods, mix a cup of warm water with one tsp. of white vinegar and sponge again until the liquid is absorbed. Press with cold water and pat dry. 


How to remove lipstick from carpet

You will need: Dry cleaning solvent, a sponge or cloth to dampen. 
Step one: First, scrape as much excess lipstick product from the carpet as possible. Be careful not to smear it further into the fabric. 
Step two: Using a clean cloth or sponge, dab the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Keep blotting the stain until all the solvent has dissolved. 
Step three: Repeat until the stain disappears 

Extra tip: If the stain is fairly deep and the above doesn’t work, mix liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Blot the stain with the mixture using the cloth/sponge, finishing by sponging with cold water. 


How to get mascara out of carpet

You will need: Cool water, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and two clean cloths
Step one: Pour two cups of cool water into a bowl. 
Step two: Add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. 
Step Three: Stir with a spoon so the mixture is fully combined. Take the clean cloth, and dip into the water. Blot the stain numerous times, until the stain starts to fade. Rinsing the area by blotting with cold water alone, then finish by blotting with a dry cloth. 

Extra tip: If the above fails, try tipping a small amount of oil-fee make-up remover onto a cotton pad, and dab away at the stain. Be careful to keep the movement as a blotting action, and not rubbing the stain further into the carpet. Particularly good for waterproof mascara.  


How to get eyeshadow out of carpet

You will need: Mild laundry detergent (5-6 drops) mixed with one cup of cold water
Step one: Remove any powder excess with a plastic spoon or cloth
Step two: Apply a small amount of the laundry detergent and water mix to the cloth, so it is slightly damp. Blot the stain continuously, but do not rub!
Step three: Repeat until stain is removed. 

Extra tip: If the eyeshadow stain is an oil based eyeshadow, or liquid foundation/cream blusher, then hydrogen peroxide at 3% is advised. Apply a couple of drops directly to the stain. Leave to soak in for one minute, before pressing with a clean cloth to lift the stain out. 
Have the above tips helped you remove a makeup stain from your carpet at home? Perhaps you have another method that does the trick?
Whatever your chosen method, it’s safe to say that, after tackling these stains, it’s likely that you’ll try to keep the make up on your face (and off the carpet) all the more!


They are hunters, protectors, detectors & rescuers. They are the eyes for those without their vision, ears for those without their hearing. They are part of our family. They are man’s best friend. Dogs deserve National Dog Day & we are happy to be celebrating them!

We have our very own Modern Rugs pooch, Pugley. Pugley loves coming into the office and helping us out with paperwork, answering calls and of course testing out how comfy our rugs are!

It seems as though it’s not just Pugley who loves having a nap on a cosy rug... we have had so many photographs from our canine customers and their new rugs that we thought we would share them. (Give the photographs a click too!)


Make sure you give your pooch a little extra love today! They deserve it!
Happy National Dog Day!


Brazilian inspired interiors!

The Rio 2016 Olympics are well under way! Great Britian is doing an amazing job on the medals table and the event is doing a great job of inspiring many people to go out and be more active... but for us, Rio 2016 is inspiring style! Beautiful Brazil is a flamboyant paradise of tropical patterns, textures and colours. The perfect place for some interior design inspo!

The kaleidoscope of colours around Rio seen in the street art & architecture reflects the vibrancy of Brazil as a whole. Hot pinks, zesty greens, lemon yellows & electric blues; carnival style colour is everywhere. Rio’s Portuguese paved sidewalks are just one of the city's stand out features; they are iconic and boldly geometric; they have definitely been the inspiration behind the geometric trend of the summer. 

Brazilian style is not just about an infectious use of colour and geometrics, you can’t forget the vast rainforests that occupy other areas of the country, the leafy emerald palms are becoming a popular focal point with designers at the minute, with zesty greens & jungle prints. The botanical vibe isn’t just limited to interior design either, it’s transcending onto the catwalk too. From dresses and playsuits to wallpaper and rugs, the leafy palm design is bang on trend this summer!

As well as natural botanical prints, this season natural materials are being incorporated into design more than ever: wood, stone, jute, bamboo; all reference to Brazil’s commitment to resourcefulness. Whether it is a jute rug, a bamboo basket, a table made out of drift wood; natural materials bring texture to any space. The perfect juxtaposition of natural textures and carnival colours, create a truly unique Brazilian vibe at home.

Brazils energetic use of colour and bold pattern is fascinating, and whilst we can't be out in Rio for the Olympic games, there is so much inspiration to take from the infectiously vibrant country!

Game of Thrones your Home

The new season of Game of Thrones has returned to our screens, and the excitement mounts for each eagerly awaited episode, with everyone second-guessing what will happen next. 
If you are a big fan, you may be keen to go that step further and incorporate the themes of the series into your interior style. Whether you favour the rustic charms of the Starks in Winterfell, or the Lannister’s regal abode at Casterly Rock, we chosen some rugs that can help you achieve the look you’re after. 

Getting royal with the Lannisters 
House Lannister is well-known for its wealth and power. One of the Great Houses within the books and TV series, the Lannister family are also infamous for their cut-throat nature… literally. Living in a castle is no mean feat; the Lannisters have rich taste and a lavish lifestyle to uphold, which is reflected in their choice of decorative. Rich reds and twinkling golds adorn their family coat of arms – a colour scheme that can easily be introduced into your own home by adding red accessories, draped curtains or incorporating this striking gold rug to a dining room or bedroom for a softer element. 

Rug up with the Night’s Watch 
The men of the Night’s Watch guard the Wall on the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, and it can get pretty chilly at Castle Black. Layering is key for both outfits and interiors, and they don’t stray much from black, which represents their raven symbol. It’s minimalist in the dining hall of Castle Black, with solid wood tables and the glow of candle light. Why not recreate the look with stainless steel cups, a black sheepskin rug and wooden tea-light holders to really get the rustic feel of the North? 

Winterfell interior wonders
Ok, so there may not be many Starks left to write about, but they were the original house of the North and so deserve a mention. Filmed in Ireland, the Stark lodgings certainly hold a medieval feel. Just like Castle Black, they need to keep heat in and the cold out, opting for fur throws and hearty log fires in each of the bedrooms. The colours are earthy, with touches of beige and grey on soft furnishings to complement the dark wood panels. To get the look in your own home, add thick woolly throws in browns, greys and blacks to your bed, or an animal inspired dark cow-hide rug to either the floor or the wall. 

Palace peripheral with House Martell 
As seen in season five, the Alcazar of Seville plays host to the House Martell as their summer residence. The palace has beautiful ceramic tiles in a multitude of colours and features gold ceilings; oozing opulence and prestige. To design your own decorative boudoir, invest in Moroccan inspired lamps and an afghan print rug in rich red. 

Dragon décor
Fire and blood are the main themes of the House Targaryen coat of arms, which also feature their beloved dragons. Although originally from the east, the Targaryens have moved around, with their seats previously at Dragonstone, King’s Landing and Summerhall. Now wherever they find themselves, they incorporate many looks in their décor: from desert-based tents to the cold interior of the Meereen Castle. If the thought of a Fabergé egg is a little too much to add to your home, why not include accessories like this a twisted frame mirror, or a dragon scale inspired cream wool rug to get the Targaryen influence into your interior? 
Subtle accessories and easy-to-find statement pieces will give you the Game of Thrones home that will be the envy of any fan.

Rugs in the Kitchen?

The kitchen is a place of baking, chopping, frying, mixing, pouring, eating and drinking. In other words, the kitchen is a place of mess; spillages, crumbs, grease and grime. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean is difficult to do, even more so if you have children or animals. So, is it the best idea to cover up that easy clean wooden or tiled floor with a rug?

Let’s look at the pros and cons...

First of all, the Pro’s...


Design. Rugs are a great way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise bland space; kitchen floors are usually a pretty neutral shade so a rug can give a spark of colour, tying in with your kitchen accessories.

You spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen, and a cosy rug will definitely be more comfortable on the old feet.
Secondly, the Cons... 


Mess. The crumbs and the bacteria that can get harvested in a rug in a kitchen is pretty gross and depending on the type of rug, you may have difficulty cleaning effectively.

The Slip Factor.
Rugs put on top of a hard floor are more likely to slip around, which is a huge hazard if you’re carrying a pan of boiling water, or even worse a bottle of wine! Although you can buy an anti-slip underlay to stop this from happening, at an extra cost of course! 

If you do decide to go for a rug in the kitchen, it’s important to choose the right one. Style is important, but the material in which the rug is made out of is a big factor too. Some material is harder to clean that others. Pile length is also something you need to think about, but don’t worry we are going to explain everything...
Rug Material. The material in which the rug is made out of is really important; a wool rug for example will be difficult to clean thoroughly without damaging. With kitchen rugs we would recommend you always go for either a synthetic material such as polypropylene as its easy to clean than something like wool for example. Another alternative is Jute, which is a natural material which is super hard wearing. 

Pile Length. We would recommend a flatweave rug rather than a rug with a thick pile.Think of the crumbs! The longer the pile the harder it is to get them out of of your rug.

Check out the Natural Fibre & Flatweave section of our website to find a huge selection of appropriate kitchen rugs!
Here is Serenity the cat enjoying her lovely rug in the kitchen, the Tom Tailor Braid Natural.

GoodWeave Rugs!

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children, and as a rug retailer, we want to make sure that we are not contributing to this exploitation. So we have teamed up with GoodWeave, an organisation helping to combat this problem; Modernising the outdated and immoral practice of child labour within the rug industry by certifying child-labour-free rugs and providing education and opportunities to rescued or at risk children. 

Rug producers with certified GoodWeave status open themselves to unannounced inspections by local inspectors to ensure the standard is on par and consistent. GoodWeave currently operate in six countries; The weaving communities; Afghanistan, India & Nepal. As well as consumer countries; Germany, the USA & the UK.

We are happy that the rugs we supply from those countries are GoodWeave approved rugs! Here are some of the amazing designs we currently have.
To learn more about the great work that GoodWeave do go to

Modern Rugs at The Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is based in London’s beautiful Olympia, it attracts people from all over the UK every year; from interior designers to first time home owners!

Whether it was to buy furniture for an entire home or just to get some inspiration, over 15,000 people walked through Olympia’s doors each day of the 17 day show! 

This year was the first year that Modern Rugs made the long journey down the country to be at the show, and we are really glad that we did! Being an online company, we rarely get to see our customers face to face, so it was great for our team to meet so many previous customers and many new ones too! We even saw a few famous faces!

Sadly not every single one of our 10,000 rugs could fit on the stand! So we chose 90 of our most popular. Shaggy rugs, designer, outdoor, kids and flatweaves, we had a selection of everything and there were some real show stoppers:

The Blade Silver attracted the most glamorous of customers! Its shimmery silk-like material looked a million dollars but with an affordable price tag! 

The Plush Sand was the rug that all of the tired shoppers loved to sink their feet into! The super thick shaggy pile was just too cosy to resist! 
The Noble House Grey/ Cobalt is one of the softest shaggy rugs we have! The 3D stone effect is really unique and got a lot of attention from the crowds!


It was a very busy 17 days, but we really enjoyed our time at The Ideal Home Show. Maybe you will see us again next year.