The 26 best ideas for living room carpets

Regan Wood

Woven from reeds and grasses by nomadic tribes 5,000 years ago, rugs have been a mainstay of interior design for millennia – and with good reason! Often unsung heroes of home decor, rugs cushion footsteps, absorb noise and are excellent internal insulators, which in turn help reduce heating bills. Aside from functionality, rugs can also completely transform a space by tying together a color scheme and adding texture, dimension and statement-making style. Another reason designers rarely miss an opportunity to use a rug in a living room? They set boundaries and define zones, demarcating spaces dedicated solely to much-needed R&R.

Whether it’s an exquisite flat weave, a kilim runner or a striped statement rug, designers are proving time and again that rugs are more than just commodities. Combined with an overall minimalist style, a rug with a colorful, patterned design can highlight accent colors in the background and add a touch of playfulness. On the other hand, an antique Persian or Moroccan rug – both enduring designer favorites – can add seriousness and drama to any living space. Would you like to completely transform your space? A simple upgrade of your carpet can do wonders when upgrading your living room.

With so many rugs in an endless variety of patterns, designs, colours, materials and sizes, it can be difficult to choose just the right one. To relieve the stress, we have compiled a collection of 26 living room rug ideas that will inspire you and help you find the rug of your dreams.

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To introduce a complementary color and warmth, designer Jessie Lane chose a lush rug that brings a sense of history and convention to this post-modern living room.

In this lakeside cottage designed by Shannon Ggem, a cheery tassel rug is the perfect accent to the dramatic stone fireplace, dual chandeliers and glut of warm tones.

To add even more opulence to an already luxurious high-rise apartment, design firm Mendelson Group smuggled a rug reminiscent of white marble underneath chic furniture.

A large, circular rug defines this living space, designed by Los Angeles-based designer Kay Kollar. It pairs perfectly with a mauve ottoman, an oval pendant light, and a curved sofa and coffee table.

A multicolored rug, similar in composition to the artwork hanging above the fireplace, takes center stage in this subdued and comfortable living room designed by Koo de Kir.

For a high-rise condo, Chicago-based designer Elizabeth Stamos places a wicker floor mat beneath a smaller, geometric Persian rug. The effect is added warmth, texture and dimension.

To compose this airy living room, designer Amy Aidini’s Hirsch used a chic wicker rug that accentuated the surrounding navy blue and dark wood tones.

To ground this ultra-modern, ultra-beautiful oceanfront residence, Chimera Interiors firm used a tan and cobalt blue rug that conveys warmth and a sense of traditionalism.


Classic black and white

Showing how a few authentic pieces of furniture can create a focal point in a living room, design studio Night Palm opted for a simple black and white rug that fits under a vintage Mario Bellini sofa.

To compose this cheery living room filled with art, unique mid-century modern furnishings and beloved books, designer Martin Young chose a desaturated rug that brings both warmth and coolness.

A wicker mat matches a textured tan wall and light wood furniture, while a geometric rug in tones of cobalt and cream accents the surrounding hues. Together, the layered rugs help create an airy vibe in this living room on Sullivan’s Island designed by Angie Hranowsky.

A gorgeous skylight brings plenty of brightness and warmth to this living room designed by the company Taconic Builders, while a ruby ​​red rug paired with sage drapes and a cream sofa add vibrancy to the space.

Los Angeles-based design studio Sherwood Kypreos brought color to this contemporary duplex living and dining room with a candy cane stripe rug.

Large windows let plenty of light into this cozy living room designed by Anja Michals. A geometric rug provides a neutral but vibrant backdrop for simple black, white and rattan furnishings.

A rug with abstract stripes in muted yellow, orange and blue is the focal point of this Upper East Side living room designed by Amy Lau.

This quirky yet understated living room designed by Laurie Blumenfeld features a brilliant cubic patterned rug that pairs perfectly with a geometric throw pillow and unique textured blanket.

Delightful drama abounds in this Boston-style living room designed by Elizabeth Benedict. An animal fur rug adds even more grandeur.

Los Angeles-based designer Jessie Lane does it again with this eclectic mid-century inspired living space. A purple and yellow Chinese Art Deco rug reflects hues found on the couch and gallery wall.

For a grandiose living room filled with personal touches, San Francisco-based designer Tineke Triggs layered shades of blue through a velvet couch, upholstered accent chairs, and a monumental blue-and-white rug.

To evoke a maximalist vibe, home furnishing company Everage Design, Inc. used a rug that would be a statement piece in almost any other space Furthermore this one, designed for the Robinson Gardens Showcase House.

To underline the vintage charm of this 1920s bungalow, Studio reDesign home used an animal rug, adding more eye candy to this living room.

Blurring the line between outdoors and indoors, this open-air living room designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors firm features a black and white geometric rug that brings in some much-needed warmth, especially for a cold night by the lake .

For this Los Angeles home, designer Lily Spindle used a mustard yellow, navy blue, and white rug that incorporates the warm tones of a nearby couch and highlights the light wood coffee table.

For this family room, San Francisco-based design company bd home paired a neutral chevron rug with a cozy pair of ottomans and simple seating to make room for a gold orb pendant to take center stage.

The colors of the traditional rug are repeated throughout the room in this living room designed by Kendall Wilkinson. The carpet’s pink tones are echoed in the sofa’s cushions and blue tones are repeated in the vintage artwork.


Repetition is the name of the game

For this wine country retreat, Niche Interiors presented a simple black and white rug that mimics the cell biology of plants.

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