We are always interested in easy ways to revitalize your living room décor.
If you can only add one element to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is a great option. The right living room rug can tie together all accent colors, add a pattern to a neutral color palette, or soften hard edges in a contemporary room.
The original function of the rug was to keep the feet warm and create a pleasant atmosphere in the room. However, nowadays the living room rug is also a decorative element that can even be seen as a work of art! The floor mats are very different in shape, size, color, length of their hair and weaving technique.
5 things to consider when choosing a new living room rug
- The Size: Make sure your rug is the correct scale for your room.
- Color: Your new rug looks best if it has at least two of your accent colors.
- Comfort: Choose a rug that you like, but it is also important that it feels good underfoot.
- Care: Review the cleanliness and maintenance of any carpet you are considering.
- Style: The good news is that almost all styles of rugs are nearly neutral – color is more important than pattern.
When choosing a new rug for the living room, confirm that it fits your seating area by measuring. Most designers suggest a rug that is large enough to cover a conversation area, with the front legs of the sofa and chairs on the rug to anchor the space. Carpet designs are so versatile that you can mix one you like with any style of decor, as long as the color is right. Here are 12 stylish living room rugs ideas to fuel your inspiration:
71+ living room carpet ideas
Create a coastal vibe with a dreamy blue rug
It’s easy to create a beach-inspired living room with a new rug and some accessories. Choose an airy rug with ocean blues and a light neutral color like beige, gray, or white. Soft stripes, or florals like the CompanyC Looking Glass rug pictured above, can provide the perfect pattern for your living room makeover.
Add a nice boho color with a pink area rug
If you want to be a little bohemian but aren’t ready to paint bright colors, adding a vibrant rug may be all you need. Bright colors are easier to see when they’re on the ground, so this is your chance for a fun shade. We love the instant transformation of a living room with just one perfect object, like the Aliya rug from Joss & Main.
The perfect start to a mid-century modern living room
We love the colorful furniture and clean lines of the mid-century modern decor. In most decorating styles, area rugs are the perfect place to add vibrant colors. In mid-century style, colored furniture is often the focal point, so look to your area rug for the dented pattern instead. West Elm’s Abrash rug brings a muted graphic print into your living room to highlight your amazing furnishings.
Add fun with a tropical-inspired rug
If you’d like a more tropical style for your living room but want to avoid themed decor, try a bold area rug like the CompanyC Captiva rug. The vibrant colors and grand design would be too much for a sofa or chair, but it sets the right tone on the floor. You can choose colors from the carpet palette on the cushions and artwork for a more attractive look.
Use area rugs to coordinate your living room and dining room style
We love the open house design that perfectly blends dining rooms and living rooms for a comfortable space. The challenge with open-plan plans is finding a way to bring two living spaces together while giving each space its own identity. Choosing the right dining room rug can create a unified and unique look for your great room. Color is the easiest way to bring the two spaces together, whether it’s choosing a shared color for each rug or totally different patterns in the same color (like stripes and flowers.)
Natural rugs don’t have to be boring
West Elm Copper Mineral Rug is inspired by molten metals, giving it a powerful presence in any living room. You could easily build your color scheme around a rug like this, or add it to your living room as a trendy accent piece.
Bring trendy gold accents into your living room
We can’t get enough of the brushed gold accents that are all over the place right now. If you’ve wanted to add a touch of gold without replacing all of your brushed nickel decor, this is your chance. Pottery Barn’s Talia rug appears to have a neutral gray pattern at first, take a closer look for the warm gold accents. This subtle mix of gold and gray can be the bridge between your old metallic finishes and your new ones.
Makeover of the rental living room carpet
Looking for the easiest way to add color to your rental without having to pick up a brush? The Sammat rug from Urban Outfitters is like an instant apartment makeover. Pair your bohemian rug with a colorful velvet sofa, and your living room is ready for guests.
A traditional rug with a contemporary twist
A living room decorated in a single style can look dated and tired over time. An easy way to decorate in a timeless style is to choose a decor with a modern vibe. Yes, you can even do this when you are decorating a traditional room. Subtle variations on your main style can make your living room more interesting. Look for contemporary patterns in traditional colors, like the Bosworth rug from Pottery Barn.
Anchor an eclectic living room with a black and white rug
We love little decorating surprises like the Wyatt black and white rug from Urban Outfitters. When you want to add more drama to your space without adding more color, black is a bold choice that can be used as a neutral (especially in a rustic style like this one).
The perfect mix: stripes and ikat
When you like stripes but don’t commit to a whole rug of them, the Ikat Mix rug can be your perfect match. This fun and funky rug mixes the best of bold stripes with a hint of pattern and color. A whimsical rug in pastel and neutral colors can be the right accent for a casual living room.
A worn pattern for maximum versatility
The erosion tendency of area rugs isn’t just pretty, it’s smart. This style mutes colors that might overwhelm your room. West Elm’s Lapis Lazuli rug is a subtle mix of blue, gray and teal. Soft patterns work especially well for beach-inspired décor, but their real strength is the ease with which they enhance any décor style.
Berber rug in wool by La Redoute
In an old barn transformed into a loft , this unbleached Berber rug with clean lines demonstrates a perfect harmony between a living room with raw materials and a major woolen room placed on the floor. A decorative touch echoing the Moroccan-influenced cushions placed on the sofas. To find at La Redoute .
Berber diamond rug with colored fringes
Design and ethnic are two worlds that coexist perfectly together. The geometric diamond pattern of the rug, its colorful fringes and its artisanal look twist the look on the vintage red velvet sofa. Here, fantasy is essential. Find this Berber spirit rug on laredoute.fr .
Berber black and white carpet by La Redoute Intérieurs
In a black and white version, this rug by La Redoute brings a graphic touch to the ethnic-inspired living room. Its weaving with diamond patterns gives relief to an immaculate universe. Simple and sober, here the Berber carpet stands out as a major piece.
Berber carpet on a waxed concrete floor
On a rough polished concrete floor, the Berber carpet explodes with meaning. The softness of its wool combined with the fantasy of its colors and patterns highlights the Scandinavian-style furniture associated with it. This mix & match of styles creates a warm universe.
Berber carpet in a dining room
Under a dining table, the ecru rug is discreet while marking its territory perfectly. It allows the green velvet armchairs to take a comfortable seat. The table placed offset from the center of the carpet allows itself to leave the field for more fantasy. Sold by La Redoute .
Berber carpet Saint Maclou
Stacked and juxtaposed on top of each other, these Berber-influenced Saint Maclou rugs revive tradition. This layering allows you to create a large area of carpet in the living room. It also offers the fantasy of mixing different patterns and colors to create a unique patchwork.
Multicolored Berber carpet by AM.PM.
This interior signed La Redoute demonstrates that little decoration is enough on the condition of choosing strong and major pieces. The Berber mosaic carpet with its many very dynamic colors is essential. On its own, it highlights the sobriety of the sofa and the original metal bookcases .
Scandinavian-style living room with a Berber carpet
In this living room which has adopted the current Scandinavian trend, a Berber carpet has taken place on a magnificent light parquet. It brings a warm touch while being very discreet in this harmonious interior. To find at La Redoute .
A loft with a contemporary decor with a Berber carpet
An ethnic note in a contemporary loft, what a great idea! This hand-woven carpet brings its contribution to the success of this interior which mixes influences without complex. To find at La Redoute .
Berber carpet at the feet of a brown leather sofa
Successful marriage between a brown leather sofa and a Berber style rug. In the warm atmosphere of this living room, you never tire of contemplating nature through the large bay window. The masks on the metal bookcase bring African notes to the decoration. To find at La Redoute .
Designer rug with geometric patterns
Very visually present, this design rug with geometric patterns breaks the traditional rectangular shape and plays with the shift of patterns and colors. The dark outline contrasts with the existing gray floor. This model brings a nice dynamic to the living room. Ideally, it is freed from the living room table to place it next to the sofa. To find at MADE.COM .
Living room with unstructured design carpet
This London apartment shows a bias for the strong presence of colors and shapes. The living room is designed around a deconstructed designer rug, made up of a superposition of colored squares, signed Sonya Winner. A Cubit modular shelf in multiple colors dialogues dynamically with the carpet. The set creates a strong design that boasts an overwhelming joie de vivre. To be found at Sonya Winner .
Carpet in the original shape
Composed around cutouts that go beyond the usual framework, this rug displays a beautiful originality. The colors mark a geometric composition where shapes come to life. Five colors coexist and support the pink sofa to highlight it without stealing the limelight. This large rug is perfect for the living room for its decorative look. To find at MADE.COM
Large wool rug for living room with modern decor
The joy of colors and shapes! This wool rug stands out at first glance from its surroundings. It is the flagship element of the show. The modern style sofa , the living room table blend into its shadow and that’s perfect as well. We allow ourselves a discreet reminder of sunny yellow by pointing a cushion on the sofa. A bias for the very successful lighting of the ground! To find at MADE.COM .
Carpet with an atypical design to match the sofa
It is to the famous Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola that we owe the Bandas collection which develops designer rugs and sofas according to the same concept. The common points are manual weaving, embroidery and crochet. Thus, the visual field of the carpet on the floor is extended into that of the original sofa . The whole forms a vintage, bohemian and yet very contemporary universe. To find at Made In Design .
Large round rug with modern design
A round shape that contrasts gently with its rectilinear environment. The spiral-style graphic positions it in line of sight. A nice game of composition of colors and shapes. In a contemporary interior with a refined design, it adorns the floor with its beautiful wool material. An optical effect that gives character to the living room. To find at MADE.COM
Living room with contemporary style carpet
This large rectangular rug visually marks the living room area. Coming to curl up under the sofa, it extends in its length to create a colorful and graphic universe. Its ocher, beige and brick shades are perfect for contemporary and warm spaces. The association with wood suits him very well. To find at La Redoute .
Multicolored designer rug in wool
Designed with vitamin-colored dots, this designer wool rug ensures a lively interior! This assortment of colors awakens a wooden floor. In a child’s room, in a foyer, in the living room … wherever it is placed, this rug acts on good mood. A decorative touch that does a lot of good for morale. To find at .
Kilim rugs in a Scandinavian decor living room
Fresh and colorful, this Kilim rug is gently placed in the living room. Its four colored bands coordinate perfectly with a Scandinavian-style sofa , two-material coffee tables and a wooden floor. The atmosphere of this decorative composition is soothing. A set of styles to which we add cushions with graphic prints. To find at La Redoute .
Modern and graphic living room rug
Composed in a pictorial way, this colorful and graphic rug gives all its personality to a living room with a modern style. Imagined as a painting, it is placed on the ground, free of any accessory except this totem table, sculpture-like. An arty atmosphere that invites contemplation. To find at MADE.COM .
Tufted carpet blue gray and yellow design
A geometrically composed trio of colors for this tufted designer rug. A flattering of cheerful colors that brings a beautiful dynamic to the living room floor. The string sofa blends in with the whole, with a touch of colors in the association of two small cushions. To find at MADE.COM
Cane furniture associated with a Berber Azilal style rug
The cane is a great success among fans of furniture. This Art Deco living room brilliantly proves that this trend goes wonderfully with a Berber azilal rug. The model chosen here brings dynamism with its multicolored patterns. To find at La Redoute .
Black patterns on an off-white carpet
This off-white carpet is dotted with black Berber patterns: diamonds, zigzags, lines… To find at MADE.COM .
Berber style rugs to bring a bohemian touch to the decor
The Etsy platform brings together merchants from France and around the world. There is a very nice selection of colorful Berber rugs at all prices, from the Beni Ouarain, Azilal and Boucherouite models. To be found on Esty .
Genuine Berber carpet sold by Secret Berber
A carpet with the right measures
If you want to place a rug in your living room, the first thing to do is measure the location you are going to dedicate to it and determine how you are going to arrange your furniture. In a small living room, it is recommended to choose a rectangular rug, especially if it is also the size of your coffee table. For a chic and aesthetic rendering, your rug should be a little wider than your sofa. Arrange your furniture, your sofa and armchairs around the carpet in order to increase the space. If you have a corner sofa , the return may protrude over the carpet. To avoid overcrowding the space, make sure you only have the coffee table on your carpet.
In a larger room, you can be more daring and play with a multitude of layouts. You can use your carpet as a second floor covering and have all of your living room furniture on it. On the contrary, you can choose a very original rug in shape or size and leave as much space as possible around it to showcase it.
A carpet well placed to stand out
Classic, vintage or contemporary, the rug can be a strong element of your decoration. A bright color or original patterns will enhance the mood and attract all eyes. If you have a large living room with refined decoration, do not hesitate to opt for a designer rug and place it in the center of your room. A round rug or one with an atypical shape will be better highlighted if the furniture is placed around it rather than on it.
If you are looking to visually expand your living room, light hues and wide patterns promote the feeling of space. Always remember to promote circulation around your carpet to let your living room “breathe”. For an intimate atmosphere, you can choose a fluffy carpet with long pile and organize the seats all around. Favor the proximity of sofas and armchairs to reinforce the cocooning spirit. The soft and fluffy rugs help create a cozy atmosphere.
A carpet to delimit spaces with harmony
One of the strengths of the rug: it allows you to define different zones in the same room while preserving the harmony in the decoration. With the trend towards open-plan rooms, the rug is a great way to distinguish the living area from the dining area. Placed at the heart of the living room, it brings warmth and comfort with a personalized touch of decoration.
In harmony or very contrasted, do not hesitate to add one under your dining table. Round or rectangular depending on the shape of your table, choose a low-pile or braided rug, which is easier to maintain in this location. In addition, a carpet with large loops could get caught in the chair legs. Also remember to include the space around the chairs when they need to be moved back, so that the carpet does not cause a fall!
Finally, if you are looking for a real Berber carpet, go to Secret Berber . Obviously, the price of an authentic Berber rug is higher than that of an inspired rug.
In this classic apartment, the decoration diverts from the original style. The accumulation of Berber carpets placed on a parquet painted in white, brings a cheerful and colorful atmosphere. Placed straight or at an angle, they bring a folk and punchy dimension.
To buy a vintage Berber carpet, a very wide selection is to be discovered on the antique dealer platform .
Tips for choosing a Berber carpet
Before falling for a rug, it is important to define its location, in order to choose the right size. In a hallway, it is more aesthetic that the carpet does not touch the baseboards on the sides in order to allow the decoration to breathe.
If you want to place the rug in the living room under the coffee table, choose it large enough that it is not too hidden by the table. If you fall for this magnificent Berber carpet, it’s to enjoy it!
In terms of its distance from the sofa, you can see everything. Some people like to leave a margin of 10 to 30 centimeters between the carpet and the sofa. Others prefer the sofa to be placed astride the carpet. To you this evening what will give the best result in your living room.
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