Living room rug ideas to switch up your space instantly


On the hunt for living room rug ideas? Well good, you are in the right place, because we are about to prove to you just how space-changing a humble living room rug can be.

Seriously, don't underestimate the power of a good rug. Throwdown a rug over a sad, old carpet in your flat, fresh new stylish space. Pick out a stylish vintage Persian rug and there you have a whole new vibe going on. Layer up a couple of patterned pieces and just see a new colour palette emerge. Rugs are the key living room accessory, and there are so many superb ways to style them to suit your space.

So, whether your room needs a quick spring refresh, or if you are starting from scratch and looking for inspiration, we have loads of fun living room rugs ideas for you to choose from.

Layer up your living room rugs

Because why settle for one rug when you can have two? Or three? Layering rugs is such an easy way to bring in some patterns and textures to your sitting room, plus piling up your rugs can solve many a decorating woe too.

A good tip for layering your rugs is to first pick out one large area rug that will ground however many more you put on top. We'd say keep this one pretty neutral, in a natural material like jute as this is going to be the most hardwearing. Then add in your pattern with either a single small rug in the centre or numerous rugs overlapping each other.

Use rugs to zone your floor space

If you are designing a larger living room or one that is part of an open-plan space, you can use rugs to create 'zoned areas’. Basically, instead of walls, you throw down a different rug with a different vibe for each space. So, for example, your living room is in the same open-plan space as your kitchen, make the living room feel like more of a separate space by adding in a rug to form all your furniture around.

You could add rugs throughout the rest of the room to highlight the different spaces – a low pile runner in the kitchen, an area rug under your dining table. Your space just remains open and airy but rugs give them more of a separate feeling.

Choose an area rug to work with your room layout

When choosing an area rug, think about how it's going to work with the layout of your furniture. Or are you going to base the layout of your furniture around the rug? We'd suggest doing the latter as an area rug is a great starting point for coming up with a living room layout.

You could use your rug as the 'walls' of your living room and float your furniture around that, rather than pushing everything against the edges. Give your pieces a bit of added room, allowing more light to flow around the space.

Just make sure you choose something big enough so that your furniture can sit on top, or partially on top of the rug. And make sure it's centred too, with the same amount of floor space visible under each edge.

Create a nook with a corner sofa and rug

Again, another great setup if your living room is in an open-plan space. Positioning a corner sofa on top of a rug that's slightly bigger, instantly gives the effect that this is its nook within the larger room.

It feels cosy and inviting, almost like a small room in itself. Put a coffee table in the centre to complete this mini living room look.



Choose a vintage look for something unique

There's a trend for vintage or vintage-style rugs at the moment. If it doesn't look like it's been walked over for decades we want nothing to do with it.

Vintage rugs look great in both modern and more traditional living rooms. A mix of new and old gives your living room personality that doesn’t feel ordered straight out of a catalogue. A neutral striped Kilim rug will work with any aesthetic, or opt for a tribal pattern for a boho vibe. Persian rugs have a way of elevating traditional decor, or distressed styles are great for creating a more laid-back feel in more contemporary spaces.

Choose a patterned rug to add a neutral scheme

if you are a neutral lover that just wants to bring in a hint of pattern in a living room then a rug is a great way to do so. It's going to be less of a focal point than say a wallpaper or a bold-coloured feature wall but will add interest to a simply decorated space.

We love how this statement monochrome rug lifts this traditional living room. Giving it a more modern feel and also filling the large floor space with some pattern.

Choose a long pile rug and add some more cosiness

If your living room is on the smaller side, or even if you just want to enhance the cosiness, a long pile rug is a way to go. Treat your feet with an utterly soft, plushy rug underfoot – we love a Berber style rug as it keeps this softer, relaxed look, modern with a boho vibe. Pair with an inviting brown leather sofa and plenty of throw pillows for a warm, layered feel in a neutral colour palette.

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