We’re always interested in easy ways to rev up living room decor. If you can only add one item to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is an excellent choice. The right living room rug can pull all of your accent colors together, add pattern to a neutral color palette or soften hard edges in a contemporary room.
When you’re choosing a new living room rug, confirm it fits your seating area by measuring. Most designers suggest a rug that is large enough to cover a conversation area, with the front legs of your sofa and chairs on the rug to anchor the space.
Rug designs are so versatile that you can mix one that you love with any decor style, as long as the color is right. Here are 12 stylish living room rug ideas to fuel your inspiration.
Crazy Pompom Rug
Image source: Bidgood & Co Interiors
Pompom rugs are among the most playful and festive rug ideas, especially if you create them yourself using multiple pom-poms in bright and involving colors.
Modular Carpet Tiles
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Modular tiles’ biggest advantage is that they are easy to clean and maintain.
They are created with a process called recycled backing, and consist of thick pile that can easily be washed of, or replaced upon need.
Braided Towel Rugs
Image source: Harte Brownlee & Associates Interior Design
Every family has a batch of used towels that have no purpose, so why not braiding them to create a chic rug or a cushy bathmat?
Urban and Cheap Outfitters
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It will cost almost nothing to pick few brightly colored woven rugs for less trafficked area, but have in mind that most of them will require pads underneath to back them and prevent slipping.
Basic Knitting Rugs
Image source: Von Fitz Design
This is another creative DIY project for every homeowner – if you’ve adopted at least some of the crochet or basic knitting technique, you can easily turn a simple rope into an amazing rug.
Felt Stone Rugs
Image source: Sticks and Stones Design Group inc.
Instead of buying a felt stone rug, you can make one combining your pompom rug pebble.
How does turning your floor into a multifaceted color, dimension, and texture landscape sound?
Your kid can easily have its own delicate and shiny forest moss in the room, with draped rocks in it to snuggle the magical stream.
Another great idea is to mimic star-like plants crawling from the ocean, embedded in a paint scheme that will preserve the nature-inspired consistency.
Rugs in Wild Colors
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If looking to enhance your space with a hip or modern vibes, consider wild colors reminiscent of the ones displayed on computer screen pixels.
A houndstooth ottoman is the centerpiece of the living room in this snug New York City bachelor pad; a rug with exposed stitching feels textural and homey.
PATTERN ON PATTERN
While not technically a living room—interior designer Carolyn Pressly uses this space as an office—there’s a lot to be learned from her choices. A burnished gold couch is placed atop a Persian rugs with notes of red, black, pink and (look closely) gold. All of this somehow works against a gray, black and white painted floor.
In Wilhelmina Models CEO Bill Wackermann’s downtown apartment, a large open living room serves a few purposes: Dining table, couch and coffee table, and a reading nook. By unifying the space with a small patterned rug in black, gray and white, the areas feel more harmonious.
In this Georgian manor, a custom floral rug by Braquenié, a bespoke French fabric company, complements an array of upholstery in a similar soft palette.
In this Tribeca family loft, a generous handwoven rug gives the expansive space a cohesive unity.
PEACOCK BLUE RUG
In a Manhattan apartment designed by Sasha Bikoff, two 18th-century French bergère chairs are covered in a hot pink Maharam fabric. The 1920s Chinese deco rug is dyed peacock blue — part of the apartment’s goal to merge Old World aesthetic and whimsical style.
STEEL WITH A WOOL RUG
This modern Mexican house amongst the trees is centered by a living room with a sofa, ottoman and chairs by Maxalto. The cocktail table and circular side table are by B&B; Italia. The ceiling is paneled in walnut, the wall behind the sofa is clad in steel and the rug is an antique Persian. The two red velvet chairs add warmth to the composition, echoing the hues in the antique Persian rug.