How to Choose the Perfect Rug for Your Living Room

There are many reasons as to why you should figure out the perfect area rug for your living room. For starters, carpeting isn’t nearly as popular as it once was. Wall to wall carpeting came about in the 1950’s, was in every home in North America for many decades, but now we see it vanishing and being replaced with area rugs.

The living room is a great place to start if you plan on sprucing up your tile or hardwood floor and adding some color and style to the room. However, there are some things to consider when purchasing an area rug.


You are obviously going to want to consider the color scheme of the room before going out and buying a rug. It is important to make sure the color, or colors, of the rug, are not going to clash with the furniture and wall colors already in place in your living room. One rule of thumb to keep in mind is that solid colored area rugs help calm down a room with many different colors already all over the place and a patterned rug can help spice up a room with very neutral or minimal colors happening. When choosing a solid-color, it is often recommended to pick an accent color (one that compliments the colors of the walls and furniture, but that isn’t already taking up much color space).

Size Matters!

When you have decided what color you want to go with, often the next step is to figure out what size fits best with your living room. If you plan on putting the rug in front of couches like most people, it is usually best to find one that has a width either the same length as the couch or even sometimes longer, but never shorter. This way the area rug sort of anchor the room and help tie it all together.

Getting a Feel

So, you have an idea of what color and size of rug you are looking to buy. Now might be a smart time to start thinking about materials. Geography can actually play a bit of a role here. Suppose you live in a colder, more northern region; materials like wool could be the route to go since it is good at insulating rooms and adding some coziness and warmth. However, if you want to go for more of a luxurious feel then silk might be a good choice. Keep in mind that it is harder to clean than wool or cotton rugs.

More than One?

Yes! You can absolutely pull off having more than one area rug in the living room! This is a tricky thing to do, but if you are going to do it make sure to pick out proper rugs. Complimentary colors are always a good starting point, but do not forget that these rugs need to not only complement each other, but the furniture and walls as well. It is very easy to make the room look all over the place if you don’t really take the time to make sure what color rugs you are buying. It is also ideal to get one smaller than the other.

Taking Care

Lastly, you will want to consider your personal life. Do you have kids? Maybe pets? If so, a white, silk rug may not be in your best interest. Whatever type of rug you decide to buy, make sure you have the necessary tools and lifestyle to be able to take proper care of it.

Hopefully, this has helped you consider some things when it comes to picking out the right area rug for you! Living in high population areas will give you more places to choose and purchase from and that can help even more. For example, if you were looking to buy rugs in Toronto, New York, or Los Angeles, you would have many merchants to shop through. It can be overwhelming, but if you follow these tips you should have the perfect rug in no time.

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