One rug: two ways

Styling a rug from Matalan two ways

The lovely people at Matalan contacted me recently and asked me if I’d like to select a rug from their superb homeware range and then style that rug in my home, two ways. This was indeed great timing because we are still putting in all the finishing touches to our new-build family home that we bought over 12 months ago!

I wrote recently in a blog post about the change in season and the weather getting cooler outside which inevitably means that our family starts spending more time indoors together. The arrival of Autumn makes me want to be snuggled up in the warm, with a hot coffee and under a blanket. It also means that, with little expense, I can bring in a new look by adding little touches into my home that are inspired by the season of Autumn.

I selected the Grey Imperial Rug – £109, from their online rug collection. The rug is thick, cosy and feels such great quality, plus I absolutely adore the colour. Grey goes with everything and is therefore multifunctional.


So onto the first room – our living room – which we use as our main family room to relax and watch movies. We spend a lot of time in here at weekends chilling out together, especially when the weather is cold & wet and the nights are dark. I put the rug in front of our fireplace (an electric fire) because it seemed to be the perfect size and fit. I absolutely love it in here with the candles lit, watching TV, sipping a hot cuppa whilst the children play on the floor! Perfect.

Styling a rug two ways with Matalan direct A new grey rug for our family home styling a rug in a family home Cosy autumn styling - a new rug Making a family home cosy for autumn with a new rug


The next room I styled the rug for was my dressing room. I realise it sounds a little self-infludgent to have my own dressing room but let me explain that it also contains the washing basket, ironing basket and ironing board! Plus anything else that doesn’t belong anywhere in our house! However, most of this little space is where I keep a large wardrobe just for me (yay!) as well as my other little bits & bobs, such as handbags, scarves, shoes, boots, jewellery and makeup.

Here is the rug in front of a storage unit that I use to keep hidden away all my ‘stuff’.

Styling a rug from Matalan A grey rug for a dressing area A grey rug for a dressing room Styling a dressing area Styling - a rug for a dressing room

So there, a grey rug styled two ways! But what I particularly love about this rug is that it looks good in any room really. It goes with our neutral, modern decor and really has added warmth and texture into our spaces. Ideal for the Autumn / Winter months ahead.

What do you think? Which room do your prefer it in?

Love, Jess x

Home Etc


  1. October 17, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I love that rug it is so fluffy and chunky perfect for the winter months x

    • Jess
      October 17, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks Sarah – yes it is! Good value too xx

  2. Flying solo
    October 17, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    It looks fab in both rooms , I love Matalan for their home range there is a lot of good products that are affordable! #HomeEtc

    • Jess
      October 17, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Really affordable and stylish too – I love their range xx

  3. October 17, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I love big chunky rugs like that, perfect for this time of year too. I absolutely love the Matalan home range even more so at this time of year and you have done such a great job of styling it Jess, looks great in both rooms xx

    • Jess
      October 17, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks lovely – I love getting our home cosier for autumn xx

  4. October 18, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    I love how you have styled the rug two ways Jess. It looks great in both rooms. I especially love it in the living area as like you say it makes a lot cosier. Your home looks beautiful xx

  5. October 19, 2016 / 9:34 am

    It looks great in both rooms, as you say grey is so multi functional. But you can’t beat a cosy rug in the living room at Winter, especially when the fire’s lit and the films are on! #HomeEtc xx

  6. October 19, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Love the style and the neutral colour, it gives a lovely texture to the room. So tricky finding great rugs. Your living room is lovely.

  7. October 19, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Nice rug! I think I like it best in the dressing room. Ah, what I’d do for a dressing room! x #HomeEtc

  8. October 19, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Now, after immersing myself in the whole Hygge thing earlier this week for a post (that’ll pop up in Homeect next week) I have to say that is one Hyggey rug! It looks so tactile. Plus its not too grey, if that makes sense. It goes in both places but when the fire is on I’d want to be sitting on it by the fire. #homeetc

  9. October 19, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    That is a lovely rug. I love the colour and it is just the colour I am looking for our living room. I may have to send someone to Matalan. #HomeEtc

  10. October 20, 2016 / 6:52 am

    It’s lovely in both rooms, but then I am a sucker for grey! I think my favourite is in the dressing room though xxx

  11. October 20, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Love the rug! I always forget about Matalan and then i’m pleasantly surprised with their home section! Must make more effort to have a nose!

  12. October 21, 2016 / 10:45 am

    What a versatile rug, grey is a great neutral colour. It’s definitely the season to start making the home more cosy and creating that hygge feeling! x

  13. October 22, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Ooh that is a lovely rug! It does look fab in the living room but I imagine it would be lovely under foot in the dressing room. The colours would look fab in my living room too. I must say I wouldn’t have thought of matalan for a rug but clearly I should! Xx #homeetc

  14. October 23, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Looks fab I am obsessing a little over grey lately. Love the look of your dressing room too. #homeetc xxc

  15. October 24, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    That rug makes me want to take my socks off, it looks so cozy under foot.
    I honestly prefer in your Living area, it makes it look super cozy, I can imagine it with the fire on xx

  16. October 25, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Looks fantastic in both Jess — such a tactile rug too — I love them when they’re so textured. Makes them feel lovely underfoot! Lovely — thanks for being such a fab co-host chickie xx #HomeEtc

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