4 Tips for Choosing the Best Rug for Your Living Room

A rug can make or break your living room’s aesthetic. Whether you choose to use a traditional Oriental rug or a shag one, your choice should bring the décor and furniture together. A good rug can help define this area and bring warmth to it at the same time.

The wrong traditional rug can prove to be an expensive mistake. Here are some tips you can use to choose the best rug for your living room:

1. Consider the Size

Your Persian rug should fit your seating area and act as a ‘frame’ for your furniture. To make the most of your living room space, make sure that the rug you choose can accommodate all of the furniture or at least the front legs of your sofa.

If floor space is scarce, make sure all of the furniture legs are on the floor and not on the rug. Keep it consistent and your living room rug will enhance the space.  Take the orientation of the room into account as well. If the living room is rectangular, make sure the rug is rectangular as well and positioned in the same direction. However, if the room is square, use a round or square rug.

Choosing the right size is critical. Oversized modern rugs can dwarf a space while smaller rooms can give your expensive living room an unfinished look. You should choose a size that can anchor the room successfully. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that accommodates the seating area rather than the whole room. An oddly shaped rug or a round one can help you cheat scale.

2. Use One or Multiple Rugs

Who says you should limit yourself to one traditional Oriental rug or any other type for your living room? You can get several Persian rugs on sale and be creative with them in that room. But how many is too many?

If your living room is small and is enclosed by doorways and walls, a single large rug will work. It will expand the space and make it look larger than it really is. Use multiple rugs for larger spaces and open room designs such as lofts. These will bring different furnishings together and you can also use them to separate the living room from the rest of the space.

3. Fit Your Function

Each room in your home has a specific function and experiences different foot traffic rates. Your living room is no different. Whether it gets a lot of foot traffic (which can be the case if your television is there) or only when guests are over, choose a traditional rug that can fit that function.

For example, if you have pets and children who track mud and make a mess all over the house, choose a living room contemporary rug that can withstand that chaos without falling apart after a few months.

If you have a busy and chaotic home, choose machine washable and high performance fabric area rugs. You can also go for natural rugs such as ones that are made from jute and sisal. These can withstand the hustle and bustle in your home for a long time provided they are maintained and cleaned by professionals.

On the other hand, if your living room rug doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic or is in an isolated part of your home, spoil yourself by going for high end rugs such as a traditional Oriental rug. This is a great option for homes that have older children and calm pets who rarely make a mess.

4. Choose the Color and Pattern Wisely

Think long and hard before you choose a rug as per its color and pattern. While a patterned rug can add color and character to a living room with neutral walls and furniture, it can be a jarring addition to a colorful one. A rug that has a neutral color can soothe an overly colorful room but a patterned rug can hide dirt and spills more effectively.

However, if you still want a colorful rug for a colorful living room, look for one that can bring all of those shades together. The main idea is to ensure that the shades do not clash or contrast too much or you will end up with a space that looks cluttered even if it isn’t.

This is important as flooring has a huge impact on space and the overall look of your living room. Choose a rug that you can live with for years and won’t tire of quickly.

Get Quality Rugs for Your Living Room from Modern Rug Importers

Modern Rug Importers opened its doors three decades ago and even at that time, we were offering area rugs from the best brands. We are proud to say that those ties are still strong and we also partner with rug experts and creators from across the globe to ensure our inventory has something for everyone. Check out our selection of traditional and modern rugs and see for yourself.

We offer a wide range of designer modern rugs at rates that have to be seen to be believed. Feel free to visit our fantastic full-service showroom in Laguna Hills, CA. Our friendly customer representatives will be more than happy to help you find what you need at a price that you can be happy with.

Need your existing rugs cleaned and repaired professionally? Do not give them to an untrained service. They can do irreparable damage to Oriental and Persian rugs. Our skilled repairmen and cleaners will treat your rugs as if they are our own and ensure they look good as new once they are done with them.