October 07, 2020 4 min read

An area rug can tie the design of a room together. It can be bold, like artwork or simple, and be a complement to the rest of the design. Area rugs can bring the style back into the design.

With many options for living room rugs, it's essential to choose the right one for your space. You may not think it's an important factor, but a living room rug actually does a lot of work. Here are 7 tips for finding the right rug for your space.

1. Find the Right Style

Rug styles are as diverse as furniture styles, allowing for a huge variety of options. No longer is it only a choice between traditional Persian and classic European. There are rugs that are bold and eclectic, colorful and bohemian, and simple and contemporary. 

The good news is that there is surely a rug out there that fits your style. The kind of bad news is that you'll have to do a little research on what would work best for you. Take a look around at what's available before deciding on your rug.

Consider the vibe and aesthetic of the room. Is it a laid back hang out or an impressive showpiece? An area rug should bring together the other textures, tones, and style of the room.


2. Choose the Right Color

Color is one of the biggest details in a rug, so it's the obvious starting point. Think about the colors you like and the overall tone of the room. A clean and natural design uses different colors that a hip and modern aesthetic; your rug should reflect that.

Consider the colors in the rest of the room. The furniture, walls, and little details can point you in the right color direction. Take cues from the smaller elements to tie the rug into the design. 

A room that's painted blue might feel overwhelming with a blue area rug as well. Green living room furniture will blend into a green area rug. Instead, focus on the gold accents of the fixtures or the orange strokes in a painting to choose a rug color.


3. To Pattern or Not to Pattern

Patterns are a personal decision. Some people love patterns, and some people hate them. If you fall into either category, it might be worth listening to an argument for one or the other.

Use a patterned or non-patterned rug to add contrast to your space. If you have solid walls, furniture, and details, a patterned rug might bring in some visual interest. But if there are a lot of patterns in the design, a solid rug can ground the room.

And if you really don't like patterns but want to break up your solids, you have options too. Patterns don't have to be bold. A simple two-color geometric design or monochromatic stripes can go a long way in the space.

4. Size Matters

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when choosing a rug for your living room is choosing the wrong size. A rule of thumb is that there should be between 10-20 inches of bare floor space between the edge of the rug and the wall.

You also want to make sure that the rug is centered in relation to design details in the room, like fireplaces and doors. Your furniture should sit comfortably around the edges of the rug without overhanging out of the space or feeling constricted or shrunken.

You can also use rugs to define spaces in an open floor plan. Sperate the living space from the dining space with a large area rug with carefully placed furniture. It gives definition while staying open and airy.

5. Pile Heights

Pile heights add to the texture of the room. But there are also practical reasons to consider different pile heights. Rugs will usually come in a low, medium, or high pile height, and they all have their pros and cons.

Low-pile rugs are often sturdier, easier to clean and vacuum, and are generally less expensive. But rugs with higher piles are softer and have a more luxurious feel, giving a room a cozier vibe.

A good rule to follow is that the more foot traffic there is through a room, the lower the pile height should be. Living rooms and dining rooms do great with low piles. While bedrooms are best with high piles.

6. Keep Material in Mind

Not all rugs are made equal, and some rugs are better than others when it comes to material. Think about your lifestyle before choosing a rug.

If you have kids, you'll want a material like wool, which is known for its durability. High traffic areas do well with synthetic materials, but the con is that they don't always have a luxurious feel.

Consider how much maintenance you're willing to put in or how prone to spills the rug will be. The last thing you want is to ruin your rug with daily use.


7. Lay It On

If you're between two different rugs, colors, or styles, you might not have to choose. Layering rugs are on-trend for the way they add dimension to a room. And while it packs a big professional design punch, it's not as hard to do as it seems.

Start with a solid grounding color in a large size. Neutral tones always serve as a great base. But if you're a lover of color, use one that's complementary to the other rug and the other colors in the room.

On top of your base, use a smaller and bolder rug. Here is where you can play with colors and patterns. Layering rugs is a great way to add texture and visual interest to your design.

A Transformation with Living Room Rugs

Whether you're in the midst of a remodel or just want to freshen up your space, don't forget about the living room rugs. They're an important design element that often gets left for the last minute. But a rug can completely transform your space.

Allow your personality to shine through your rug choice. And bring your design together and layout the idea carpet. By taking in a few considerations, you'll be able to find the perfect area rug for your space.

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