How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Living Room

The living room is one of the most common spaces in our homes. It’s where we gather with friends and family, so it’s important to make it feel comfortable and inviting. Modern Area rugs create a focal point, add texture and color to the living room, and it’s a great way to upgrade your home for less money than you’d think.  However, some people don’t know how to choose an area rug for their living room. The wrong choice can make your room look messy or even clash with other elements in your home decor. In this post, I’ll show you how to select the right area rug that fits your space, no matter what type of flooring you have.

1. Consider the size of the living room

The first thing to consider is the size of your living room. This will help you determine how much furniture will be in the space, as well as how much floor space is available for a rug. A good rule of thumb is that an area rug should cover at least 60% of the floor area any less. It may look too small anymore, and it might not look quite right with your décor.

If there are multiple people using the same space (especially in multi-family homes), you’ll want to make sure that everyone has enough room on their own part of the floor when sitting down. For example, if Mom likes her knees up high while she watches TV from her recliner while Dad prefers his feet flat on the floor while he reads a book. They’ll need two different sizes, one large enough so dad doesn’t feel cramped when he wants some extra legroom. Another smallish one where mom can curl up under her blanket without bumping into him every time she moves back toward the center stage during commercial breaks.

Another thing worth considering is how many guests use this particular area regularly. Whether they’re children who like jumping around after school or adults who drink wine every night after work before heading home.

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2. How do you want your space to feel

When choosing an area rug, it’s important to think about how you want your space to feel. Do you want it to be cozy and warm? How do you want your guests to feel when they walk in the door? What style or design makes sense for the room?

When I was looking for rugs for my living room, I knew that I wanted something understated that wouldn’t detract from my decor. After doing some research online and at our local rug stores choose one with a similar look. A contemporary room might be best complimented by an area rug with sharp lines and bold colors. While an elegant bedroom would benefit from a simple Persian design.

For example, if you have traditional furniture throughout most of your house but want something new in one particular room or space (like an office). Then don’t hesitate to go bold with modern design elements in there. The same goes for blending old with new. Just make sure it all works together.

Also, think about who lives in the living room where this area rug will be placed. Does it belong to two teenagers? One young child? Or is it just for mommy & daddy? This is important because children tend not only to require different types of rugs than adults do (due to their active lifestyles) but also need ones that are easier on their little hands & feet when running around on them barefoot (and oftentimes wearing socks). So take note before making any purchases online.

3. Take a look at your flooring

Choose a rug that feels right for the space to make it feel cozier and inviting. If your living room has hardwood floors, a large area rug can be used to define where you want to sit. A smaller rug can also be used to define a seating area or conversation area if there are other pieces of furniture in the room.

When choosing an area rug, think about whether you want something that will help define an area or simply provide some extra warmth underfoot. A larger rug will obviously have more impact than a small one, but this doesn’t mean that bigger always means better.

4. Choose the right material for the Rug

The material of your area rug will play an important role in how it looks and how much wear it can take before you need to replace it. When choosing an area rug, consider the following factors:

  • Durability: Natural fibers tend to be more durable than synthetic ones. Cotton is a natural fiber that is soft and easy to clean, but prone to stains if not treated with care. Wool is durable but can stain easily with water or oil-based substances such as grease or food spills (especially chocolate!).
  • Ease of cleaning: Synthetic carpets are easier to clean because they don’t absorb liquids as readily as natural fibers do. Though this also means that you may find yourself needing more frequent vacuuming sessions on these types of rugs so your floors stay free from dust particles.

5. Colors and Texture of area rugs

Area rugs are a great way to add color and texture to your room, do it. This is one of the reasons area rugs are so popular. They can be used to add color, pattern, and style all at once. While some people might think that having an area rug in every room is too much or overwhelming, we disagree. It’s easier than you think (and less expensive) to find the perfect rug for your space.

These days there are plenty of options. You just need to decide which ones work best for you. Some homeowners prefer geometric designs while others prefer something more organic looking. Zigzag patterns or even hand-carved patterns have been passed down from generation to generation within families. Rugs were originally made out of necessity rather than desire since many don’t have access these days. 

6. Consider the size of the rugs

The size of an area rug is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a new rug. The size should be large enough to cover all the furniture in your living room, as well as any other pieces that might be added to the space. It is also important that the rug be large enough to cover at least two-thirds of the floor space in your living room.

To determine what size area rugs you need, measure out how much space you want covering by your new carpeting and then calculate how much additional carpeting material would be needed for each wall. 8x 10 area rugs or similarly sized carpet pads can comfortably fit into most rooms without taking up too much visual or physical space.

7. Easy maintenance and care

  • Fill a clean, non-metal container with lukewarm water and add your choice of rug cleaning solution.
  • Place the rug face down on the floor.
  • With a sponge mop or soft cloth, scrub both sides of the rug thoroughly with circular motions to loosen dirt particles.
  • Rinse completely under running water in an area that won’t cause damage to your home’s foundation or flooring (such as outside).


We hope that this guide has helped you figure out which type of area rug is right for your space, and how to go about choosing it. Remember, you don’t need to be an expert on all of these things. If we’ve learned anything from our years in this business, it’s that decorating is all about personal style, so just do what feels right for you and your home. The first step is deciding on what style of rug you want for your space. If you’re looking for something that will tie together existing decorating themes, keep this in mind when choosing colors and patterns. You can also choose based on the material (wool vs cotton). Once that decision has been made, consider size and maintenance needs.