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Living Room Rug Guide

How to Choose a Living Room Rug

A living room has one main purpose in all households – to be a cosy, comfortable space where you can relax with friends, family and loved ones. Here is our expert advice to help you choose the perfect rug for your living room.

Rugs can help to set the correct tone for the living room, this space should encapsulate your personality as well as offer comfort. A plush, luxurious rug can help to transform your living room to create an instantly welcoming space.

There are three main elements that we would like you to keep in mind when searching for your dream living room rug…


Finding the correct size rug for a living room is a common dilemma for many, the question of whether all legs of the furniture should sit on the rug or not is a sticking point for many.

While this sits as a matter of personal preference, it’s important to remember that different sizes of rugs create different feels to a room. A large rug that allows all furniture to sit comfortably on top of it creates an elegant, unifying effect to a living room. The primary factor behind this is that when you’re relaxing on the sofa, your feet can be placed on fabric not cold floor. However, a smaller rug that sits in the middle of the conversation area creates a minimalist feel to the space.

If you’re struggling to find your ideal rug that doesn’t fit into either of these categories, a very popular option is to strike a compromise, and simply place only the front legs of the furniture on the rug. This will help to anchor the living room.

Take a look at our rug size guide for further guidance on choosing the perfect sized living room rug.

Color & Style

Rugs are available in an overwhelming amount of colours, styles and patterns. The clear starting point would be to initially assess your living room – how many colours are already present? What do you want the room to say? Is there a lot of patterns and textures?

If your living room is filled with vibrant colours and patterns, we recommend that you choose a simple, yet stylish single coloured rug – that is perhaps a neutral colour and tone. This will help to complement the furnishings in the living space and will help to unify them.

On the other hand, if your furnishings are upholstered and comprised of a singular colour or range of neutral colours, we recommend you choose a patterned rug to add a dash of colour and personality to the room. A bold, brightly coloured patterned rug can help to bring personality and life to your living room.

If you’re looking to redo your living room entirely, then we recommend choosing your rug first, that way you can find furniture to fit around it. Ensuring that all colours compliment each other and that the room becomes as seamlessly stylish as possible.

Texture & Material

This element is often the most overlooked when purchasing rugs. However, it is important that when selecting a rug for your living room you are aware of textures and materials that will withstand high volumes of foot traffic, compliment your pre existing furniture, and be easiest to clean and maintain.

The practicalities of wear and tear, and cleaning are key to keep in mind. Wool is the most popular material of choice for a living room rug, especially if your household houses both pets and children. Wool is extremely durable, naturally stain resistant and easy to clean.

Silk, chenille and sheepskin rugs are exquisite, and offer the living room a dash of style and texture. However, they are hard to maintain and keep clean, especially if you have pets or young children.


Check out our range of living room rugs that will help tie together all elements of your living room decor and make the space appear more comfortable, welcoming and vibrant.

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