Which rug should I buy for my living room?

Which rug should I buy for my living room?

So, we get this question all the time. Picking the right furniture can be difficult, but choosing the right rug can be an even bigger challenge. 

When buying a rug for your living space consider 4 key things. 

#1.  Know your decor style

#2.  Consider the rug material

#3.  Carefully consider your colors

#4.  Know your room & rug size

Let's begin......

Know Your Decor Style

Assuming you've already purchased your furniture and/or you've already created a design theme for your living space, pick a rug that will go with your design language. For example, if you have a Rustic Modern look, a cowhide rug may work. If cowhides aren't your thing, a woven rug with natural fibers would look great. If you have a thoroughly modern and contemporary home, a woven rug with abstract designs could be a perfect choice. You can never go wrong with a rug with geometric designs, if your home is sleek and modern. Let's say your home is more traditional with wood floors. We like Bohemian style rugs on wood floors. Rugs with intricate designs from the Orient will also look amazing on wood floors as well. Now keep in mind, nothing is ever written in store. Sometimes being creative with you rug choice is the best way to go, especially if you live in a loft space. Try rugs with southwestern designs, Persian rug or rugs with geometric patterns will also look amazing in creative loft spaces. We'll even give you the green light if you want to mix and match different rug styles.  Go for it!

Which rug should I buy for my living room

Rug Materials

  • Wool rug
  • Cotton rugs
  • Jute and sisal rugs
  • Silk and viscose rugs
  • Nylon rugs
  • Olefin rugs
  • Polyester rugs
  • Animal hide rug
Which rug should I buy for my living room
Take a look at the 5 easiest to clean rug materials to make your cleaning routine a breeze.
  1. Wool. Wool rugs are known to be quite durable
  2. Polypropylene. Polypropylene is a very easy to clean synthetic rug material.
  3. Jute
  4. Cotton
  5. Seagrass

Most wool rugs will hold up well for a relatively long time, but there is a simple step you can take to extend their lifespan. The critical thing is to put a pad underneath. Most rugs do not wear out from the top, but from the bottom, where the knots rub against the floor. A pad works as a shock absorber, keeping the knots away from hard surfaces and holding the rug in place. 

Which rug should I buy for my living room


Color and pattern are also important considerations. There is no point in buying a long-lasting rug if it is going to be stained by foot traffic. That means no whites or creams and no dark solid colors (think of how quickly a car with black paint appears to get dirty). Your best bet is to go with a hue somewhere in between. Search out either a solid that has specks of color in it or something with a pattern that will camouflage pet hair, spills and dirt.

Which rug should I buy for my living room

Room Size & Rug Size

Measure, measure, measure. We can't say it enough. Make sure you know the exact measurements of your living space before you buy your rug. A rug should be an accent to your floor. Normally, you do not want to purchase a rug that's too large or one that will cover the entire room floor. You may need carpet if your're trying to cover the entire floor. Generally, a rug should only cover a portion of your floor and never be over bearing. 

Keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug's edges. Selecting a rug for the living room usually comes down to three choices: 5x8, 8x10, or 9x12. Some size guides recommend that either all the furniture rests on the rug, or all the furniture, except for the coffee table, is placed completely off the rug.

Which rug should I buy for my living room

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Which rug should I buy for my living room

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