How to Pick a Rug for a Living Room

The days of wall-to-wall carpet are gone. Homeowners have traded installed carpet for other flooring options accompanied by area rugs. Picking the right rug for your living room seems simple, but there a number of aspects to consider to match your style and budget. Flooring has a great impact on how your living room will look and feel. So, it is a good idea to choose an area rug that you truly love and won’t get tired of.

Get The Right Measurement

Measure Right

Taking correct measurements is one of the most significant aspects of picking a rug for your living room. Home décor specialists suggest leaving approximately 4” to 8” of bare floor area on all sides of the area rug. Most area rugs come in three standard rug sizes – 6’x9’, 8’x10’, and 9’x12’, but specialty sizes are available. Having a rug custom made for your living room is another option but can be extremely expensive.

Pick The Right Rug Style For You

ASK-2306 from Aura Silk by Surya

Just as there are many styles of furniture and décor, there are also countless rug styles. With the popularity of area rugs in home décor, we are not limited to traditional European or Persian rugs. Today, we have modern geometric shapes, effortless sisal and jute, and daring florals patterns and prints. Take the time to factor in the overall style of your room when selecting an area rug. Area rugs don’t have to match every piece in the room, but its style should mesh well with the existing furnishings and accessories.

When it comes to choosing a rug for your living room you’ll have plenty of colors and patterns to choose from. If you have a neutral color scheme in your living room, a patterned rug can add a nice dose of color. Similarly, a neutral, solid color rug can help bring together a bright and eclectic color scheme.

Figuring Out Texture & Feel

Hayden Loop from Natura Braided Texture by NuLoom

When picking a rug for your living room, think about the texture and how you want your rug to feel. If you want to add warmth to your living room, wool rugs are a great choice. To create more of a natural feel, opt for a rug made from natural materials such as jute or sisal. Those looking to add a touch of luxury to their living rooms can use a rug made of silk to add a soft and elegant atmosphere.

Putting Multiple Rugs In A Room

PEE-1005 from Perseus by Surya

People think that one area rug per room is the way to go; but, that isn’t always so. If you’re interested in adding a new dimension to your living room, feel free to use multiple rugs in your space. Using multiple rugs can add a pop of color and some variety to your room. Layering rugs during fall and winter months adds a cozy feel while switching them out for lighter materials during spring and summer will give your living room a light, breezy feel.

Dealing With Lifestyle Habits

Marilyn from Greenwich by Bashian

It is very important to consider your lifestyle before you pick out your living room rug. Will the rug be in a high traffic area? Do you have kids? Do you have pets? If the rug has the potential to frequently get dirty, a shag rug in a light color is not the right choice. Choose a rug with a pattern or stain resistant material to keep your rug looking like new. If you want to create a sense of luxurious comfort, you’ll want a high pile, plush rug.

Planning For Rug Maintenance

HG4217Q from Heritage .5 by Safavieh

Another point to keep in mind is determining how much time and effort you’re willing to put into maintaining it. It’s important to consider care and cleaning options for your rug. All rugs need to be vacuumed and rotated on a regular basis, additionally, if your rug gets a stain, spot clean it immediately. A great tip for increasing the longevity of your living room rug is using a rug pad underneath to avoid slippage and protect both your rug and your floor.

How To Pick A Rug For A Living Room

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