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How to Choose the Perfect Rug for Your Living Room

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

A rug is an essential element in any living room - adding warmth, comfort, and style to the space.

However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect rug for your living room. To help you make an informed decision, we've put together a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know, from determining the right rug size for your living room to selecting the perfect style.

Choosing the right size

The size of the rug is crucial in determining how it will fit in your living room. A rug that is too small can make the room feel disjointed, while a rug that is too large can overwhelm the space.

Start by measuring the dimensions of your living room so you have a clear understanding of the available floor space to help you determine the appropriate rug size.

The Odessa Jute Area Rug helps to center the Marlow Performance Bouclé Chaise Sectional Sofa in the living space. Also pictured: Paloma Bouclé Armchairs in Storm Grey.

If you have a small living room, opt for a smaller rug that fits the seating area, leaving a few inches of floor space exposed around the edges. This can help create a cozy and intimate feel.

For larger living rooms, consider a rug that is big enough to fit all the furniture legs on it, from 244cm by 305cm to 305cm by 427cm. This can help define the seating area and create a cohesive look. Alternatively, you can also use multiple rugs to create different zones within the living room, such as a rug under the coffee table and another under the seating area.

Think about the material

The material of the rug is not only important for its durability but also for its texture and comfort.

The Ventura Jute Area Rug is handwoven and has diamond-shaped patterns.

Common rug materials include wool, cotton, jute, and synthetic fibres. Wool rugs are known for their durability and softness, while cotton rugs are more affordable and easy to clean. Jute rugs add a natural, rustic look, while synthetic rugs are budget-friendly and resistant to stains and fading. Consider your lifestyle, budget, and preferences when selecting the material of your rug.

Consider colours or patterns

The colour of the rug can impact the overall look and feel of your living room. Neutral-coloured rugs, such as beige or grey, are versatile and can easily complement various colour schemes and decor styles.

If you want to make a statement with your rug, consider consider opting for bold colours, such as vibrant reds, blues, or greens. These colours can add a pop of personality and create a focal point in your living room. But, be mindful of the existing colour palette in your living room and ensure that the bold colour of the rug complements or contrasts well with the other elements in the space.

You can also go for rugs with patterns, such as stripes or chevron, to add depth to your living room. When choosing a patterned rug, consider the size of the room and the scale of the pattern. A large pattern may overwhelm a small living room, while a small pattern may get lost in a large living room.

The Lorenzo Wool Area Rug is made from 100% wool with a modern lined pattern. Also pictured: The Paloma Bouclé Armchair in Snow and Jonathan Leather Ottoman.

Pay attention to the pile height

Rug pile refers to the height and thickness of the rug fibres. Rugs can have low pile (short fibres), medium pile, or high pile.

Low pile rugs are easier to clean and are suitable for high-traffic areas, while high pile rugs are softer and more luxurious but may require more maintenance. Consider the level of comfort and maintenance you desire when choosing the pile height of your rug.

Think about the rug shape

Rugs come in various shapes, including rectangular, square, round, and oval. The shape of the rug can impact the overall aesthetics and flow of your living room.

The Lilou Jute Runner is great for narrow spaces or entryways.

Rectangular rugs are the most common and versatile, while round rugs can add a unique and playful touch to your living room. Consider the shape of your living room and the furniture arrangement when choosing the shape of your rug.

Consider the rug's function

Think about how you plan to use the rug in your living room. Is it purely for decorative purposes or do you need it to serve a functional purpose?

For example, if you have children or pets, you may want a rug that is durable and easy to clean. If you plan to place the rug in a high-traffic area, consider a rug with a low pile and a dark colour to hide dirt and stains. If you want the rug to provide warmth and comfort for your feet, consider a plush and soft rug material.

Choosing the perfect rug for your living room is an important decision that impacts the overall aesthetics and functionality of your space. With these tips in mind, you'll be well-equipped to choose the perfect rug for your living room that meets your needs and elevates your space to a whole new level of style and comfort.


How do I choose a rug for a sectional couch?

If you have a sectional sofa in your living room, the rug size will depend on the configuration of your sectional. A general rule of thumb is to choose a rug that is large enough to fit all the pieces of the sofa, with the front legs of the sectional pieces resting on the rug. This creates a unified look and prevents the rug from looking too small or out of place.

Can I choose a round rug for my living room?

If you prefer a round rug for your living room, consider the size carefully. Round rugs can work well in smaller living rooms or as an accent rug, but it's important to ensure that it's proportionate to the furniture and the space.

The size should be large enough to fit under the key furniture pieces, such as the coffee table and sofa. A round rug that is too small can make the room feel cramped, so make sure to measure the space and select a size that complements the room's dimensions.

How do I clean a rug at home?

You’ll want to first vacuum up any loose dirt and debris from deep within the fibres. Blot any spills or stains with a clean cloth and avoid rubbing the surface to prevent damage. Use a mild detergent or rug cleaner when washing the rug. It’s also recommended to airdry your rug thoroughly before placing it on the floor to prevent mold and mildew growth.

For a more in-depth guide, check out our article on how to clean a rug at home.

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