How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for Your Living Room

March 31, 2023

Selecting a rug might be challenging. It's an investment asset and while we may know what style of couch or coffee table we are drawn to, purchasing a rug is often more like choosing art.

RugThere are two options: either select a statement rug that you admire and utilise it as the centrepiece of your living room design scheme, or take into account the other aspects in your area and choose a piece that integrates.

RugHere are a few tips and tricks which would help you to get the perfect rug for your home:


Make sure the living room rug you purchase is big enough for your space by first measuring your floor area. A room may appear less elegant than it actually is if you choose a rug that is too small, or it might make your furniture appear out of proportion. The biggest rug that will fit in the room is our top recommendation. The rug should surround the seating area of the room, extending at least 12 inches beyond each side and being positioned behind the front legs of the sofa.

RugsA suitable boundary should surround your coffee table on all sides. If possible, place the front legs of your occasional chairs on the rug as well. Be sure to provide at least 12 inches of space around the rug's edges and let the beautiful flooring of your room get admired as well.


In addition to measuring your space, it's a good idea to outline the area that the rug will cover on the floor to get a sense of how much of it there will be. You won't want to completely cover up your excellent floors. Yet, a rug should also be large enough to act as a visual anchor in the space and should be placed firmly beneath your primary fabric elements in the room, whether they be a couch, chairs, or both. When you buy, make sure the item is the proper size by measuring it.

RugWhen deciding how to design a living room, model out the scale first, literally.  It is frequently advised taping newspaper or brown paper together to create an area that reflects the area of the rug you think will work best for the room before making the purchase. Instead of having furniture in front of the sofa in the living room, it is advised to place it entirely on the rug or partially under the front legs. This would really make the space seem harmonious.


It's rare to pick a rug on its own unless it's the foundation of your design plan. So collect samples of the living room furniture, the colour of the walls, and all other objects' colours, tones, and textures.

RugA sample of the rug or rugs would be ideal so you could compare them to other items in the room or to samples of other pieces that would be placed there. If that's not possible, you may try your best to guarantee that the room's colours and textures work well together by making a basic mood board with images of everything in it.

Mood Board For Rugs

Making a mood board with all the surfaces, shapes, fabrics, and finishes you plan to use might be helpful if you already have a living room design concept and want to match a rug with it. While picking, keep these in mind to make sure the rug will fit in the room.


The ideal rug will offer your living area personality, texture, comfort, and perhaps even colour and pattern. Make sure the rug's design blends well with the overall theme. For a comfortable, rustic farmhouse-style living room, choose Nestasia's Hand Woven Area Rug Black and White; the BOHO Delilah Hand Woven Rug will work well for a bohemian aesthetic.




The practicalities play a big role in deciding which living room rug is best for your decor. This element of the situation is simple to miss because it is less fascinating than selecting a pattern, texture, and living room colour. But, if a rug is difficult to maintain or clean, a magnificent rug in unsuitable material or colour might quickly strip away from your design.

Round Floor CoverChoose between a fuss-free flat-weave or an incredibly soft hefty pile rug because texture is key. Outdoor-indoor rugs might be a fantastic alternative if you have kids or dogs; a washable option is a must. 


If you're feeling adventurous to buy a bright or striking rug, you'll want it to be the centre of attention in your space. For the rest of the room, going with a neutral colour scheme would be the best option.  This makes it possible for the rug, which is the main attraction, to be noticed.

RugBeige living rooms are completely in style, as we've already stated. Just commit to using a limited colour palette. Pick a colour from the rug's design and use it again on a few objects to ensure that your rug doesn't appear out of place in the room. You don't have to colour match everything to make your scheme cohesive. To add interest, use accessories that are somewhat darker or lighter than your main colour. You might even use a combination of the two.


 RugYour living area will get another depth if you choose a neutral carpeting with a luxurious texture. To better match your colour scheme, choose one with a touch of a complementary hue. Such cohesion is a crucial component of modern living room styles. Look for a high-quality rug that feels fantastic since while it may be basic, textured rugs may feel quite nice underfoot. 

RugConstantly assess the benefits and drawbacks of the rug's material. For instance, depending on the orientation of the weft and warp in a rug, the colour might shift dramatically. A contrasting binding is another method to add interest to a neutral rug.


Consider how and where the rug will lie if the rug you've chosen has an eye-catching design so that it can do its magic. Keep your walls and furniture in a solid hue as well.

RugAlways take the pattern's orientation into account while picturing a patterned rug with a striking theme. Is it ideal to see it as you enter the room or as you are seated? Do you want the stripes or zigzags to go in one direction or straight in and out? The same question applies to strong directional designs. Play around with your rug a little to determine what looks best.



RugDue to a significant advance in rug design technology over the past several years, there has been a considerable increase in the manufacturing of abstract, artistic carpet designs. Design professionals can now experiment with infinite hues and quirky forms thanks to modern technologies.

RugThey focus on flow, colour, and movement in their works, which can add tremendous vitality to otherwise static environments. An artistic rug may provide a beautiful pop of vibrant colour to minimalist homes and spaces decorated in subdued, traditional hues like beige, grey, and greige. It depends on the individual, but often a boldly designed art carpet will shine when given enough room.



Wavy lines and softened edges are increasingly preferred to harsh angles, and curves and arches are a significant trend in interior design. This has also been reflected in the patterns of the carpets on offer, with the most recent collections including circular, oval, and even irregular shapes.

Round Floor CoverAlthough the standard rectangle is of course incredibly adaptable, a circular rug may complement an L-shaped or curved sofa to provide unique and lively settings. It's excellent to reflect architectural characteristics in your choice of carpeting if your living room is fortunate enough to have them, such as bay windows or archways.

 RugScale, tone, and materials should all be taken into account equally. It's crucial to think about how your rug will fit into the room. What components of the pattern or design will be covered, where will your coffee table or sofa be placed, and how will the pattern be affected?

Choose a pattern with a variety of colours to make it simpler to combine a variety of materials and furniture. Even if you want to incorporate a rug in a single colour, use a pattern with a variety of thread tones since it will offer you more options for the rest of your scheme.

RugAn attractive plain coloured flat weave texture or cut pile with a stitch detail or contrast binding can work well if your living room has a lot of patterns in the textiles, wall coverings, and cushions. The colours and design elements present in the textiles or wall coverings might be included into the rug, however a play on patterns is also beautiful.

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