Do you feel like your living room is missing something? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many people feel like their living rooms are incomplete, but often they don’t know what to do about it. If you’re looking for a way to change up your living room and make it more inviting, consider adding a rug.
Not only will a rug add some much-needed warmth and comfort to your space, but it will also allow you to experiment with different styles and colors. So if you’re feeling stuck when it comes to decorating your living room, so, check out these 11 rug ideas that will transform the space. You won’t be disappointed.
Content to explore
- Make It Floral
- Two Shades Of Gray
- Add Some Color
- Rug Placement
- Play With Texture
- Add A Dash Of Pattern
- Some Bright Colors
- Play With Shape & Size
- Add An Accent Color
- Layer It Up
1. Make It Floral
Are you looking for a way to dress up the room, but flowers aren’t your thing? Area rugs can do exactly that, and they don’t have to be flowery or pretty. You can find rugs in abstract prints, animal patterns, even geometric shapes.
2. Two Shades Of Gray
This living room uses two shades of grey with ivory and red area rugs for contrast against the hardwood floors. The black elements are the television stand and bookcase, which helps give contrast to the space without being too overwhelming or darkening the rest of the décor. However, if you have lighter furniture, this may not be an issue since it would bring out those colors more than darker ones would.
3. Rug Placement
Where you place your rug can be just as important as what it looks like. If you have a lot of hardwood floors, placing large red area rugs in the center of the room can help soften everything up. Alternatively, if you have a lot of rugs and flooring already, try placing a smaller rug in front of the sofa to give yourself a designated spot to sit.
4. Play With Texture
Area rugs don’t have to be just one texture, and in fact, can sometimes look better when they’re a little more eclectic. This space uses two rugs with different textures- one is a wool rug while the other is a sisal rug. It helps add visual interest and prevents the room from looking too bland.
5. Add A Dash Of Pattern
A plain room can be instantly improved by adding a pattern with an area rug. As you can see in this living room, the rug features a large-scale damask print which helps add visual interest without being too busy or overwhelming. If you’re not sure how much pattern is too much, start by adding a small rug to the space. Once you get used to it, you can always experiment with more patterned rugs.
6. Some Bright Colors
If you’re not into rugs with busy prints or patterns, an easy way to add some color to your space is with an area rug in a bright hue. These rugs are simple and give just enough punch without being too overpowering or messy looking.
7. Play With Shape & Size
After choosing your rugs, try playing around with their shape and size before committing to them completely. Sometimes rugs are sized perfectly for your room, which means no cutting involved, but if yours isn’t, try cutting the edges off yourself until it works- this is especially good for rugs that are too small and don’t fit the scale of your space. You can also try playing around with different shapes and even layering rugs to give the space more depth.
8. Add An Accent Color
Adding an area rug in a color not necessarily found elsewhere in the room, like our blue example here, helps add visual interest to it without being overwhelming or taking away from other elements in the space. It is another way you can use rugs to help define areas of your living room if you have rugs already on the floor, so they aren’t competing for attention.
9. Layer It Up
One of the best ways to create depth and dimension is by adding multiple rugs of different sizes, colors, and textures. As you can see here, rugs of multiple shapes and hues help create a more dynamic space, especially if it’s composed of mostly neutrals like the rest of the living room.
10. Use The Right Rug Padding
If you’re not using rugs made with natural fibers like sisal or jute, then one thing to keep in mind is rug padding- this helps keep rugs from slipping and cushions your feet. So, they don’t have to be directly on the rugs themselves for comfort. If you have rugs that need padding, make sure yours looks similar to what was used in our examples which are all standard 1/2 inch thicknesses.
The end of your living room rug is the perfect place to play with color, pattern, and shape. By incorporating one or more of these design elements into your space, you can take a simple floor covering from good to great in no time at all. In this post, we’ve shown you different to add an accent color and layer it up along with some bright colors.
Also, playing with shape & size may be just what you need for livable rooms on any budget. If none of these ideas is right for your decorating style, you still want help finding the perfect rug.