Which rug for my living room?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today we are going to put the spotlight on a sometimes forgotten, but highly important, decorative element for any living room—the rug! Not only is it a complementary design addition to a space, but it also ensures that the temperature in the room remains comfortable and liveable in those cold winter evenings.  

There are a few points that you should consider before you rush out and purchase a new rug:

1. Does it suit the existing decor in the room?

2. What format (rectangular, oval, square or round) do you like?

3. Do you intend to place it underneath a piece of furniture, or have it as a free element?

4. Size and colour—will it complement the space, or be a feature element?

There are only a few rules which we would recommend adhering to. If you have a small space, opt against dark colours, and if you have pets or small children with artistic hands, steer clear of white and cream and choose perhaps a latte or mocha colour. Otherwise, once you have factored in the above points, you should be armed and ready to choose your new living room rug!

Sober tones

Creating harmony and balance with a rug is of utmost importance if the colour scheme in your living room is already toned down or muted. In this case, the designer has selected a piece with earthy tones that complement, rather than take over the space. Print clashing was a hot trend for this year, and it is even possible to do this in a subtle fashion. Stripes, flowers and spots, all in slightly varying shades, work really well together to create this scene. If you are worried that rug will be too busy and heavy, trust your gut, and opt for a shade down. 

A carpet to reflect your taste

Here is a carpet that clearly reflects the tastes of its owner. For lovers of Paris or another city, choose a carpet design that will enhance your personality with a touch of elegance. The colours of the carpet are in perfect harmony with the mood of the room, exemplifying the painted brick and red beanbags. 

The shagpile rug

Thick, fluffy and soft, the main aim of this rug is comfort! Its orange colour reminds us of autumn, and, despite being so bright, it is the perfect complementary decoration to a range of different rooms. This particular carpet energises the room without overwhelming it—it'll be like your daily dose of sunshine in the cooler months. This shaggy carpet, needless to say, will be your favourite resting spot with a book or mug of hot chocolate in the evenings. 

Patchwork

  by Alfombras Toledo
Alfombras Toledo

Alfombra moderna

Alfombras Toledo

A little extravagance never hurt anyone! This rug, with its exquisite patchwork detail, is the feature element of this contemporary, and otherwise minimalist room. And rightly so, if there were other colours, patterns or textures in the room, this choice of rug could end up being a big mistake. If you are a DIY aficionado, you have the potential to recreate a rug like this with left over pieces of salvaged mats. If you are great with your hands, and not short on time, this a great way to make a one of a kind and customised piece for your home!

The animal world

For the more adventurous, why not add in an animal skin or cow hide rug? Complementing perfectly the worn down wooden coffee table and elegant navy blue sofa, this particular rug adds depth and warmth. Don't worry, no animals were harmed in the creation of this ideabook! You can find brilliant faux replicas if you are an animal conscious trend follower!

A rustic rug

​An Oriental or Persian rug is generally the safest, and one of the most luxurious options for a living room. Synonymous with elegance and status, an original Persian rug will surely put a large dent in your budget. The quality is undeniable however, you can see the intricacy and care that has been taken in the painstaking process of hand weaving such a masterpiece. Luckily, if you are convinced that this is the rug for you, many budget and highstreet stores have created some great replicas. Sure, the history behind the scenes isn't there, but who else other than you is to know?

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