How to Choose a Perfect Rug for Your Living Room


Date Posted:

May 4, 2022

If you’re finalizing the finishing touches on your new home or just looking to replace an old rug you just don’t like anymore, then you’ve come to the right place! 

Picking a rug can be overwhelming because of the variety of options out there, but no worries! By taking a few things that we’ll cover in this post into consideration, you’ll find the ideal rug for your living room in no time. 

Stick around to learn how to choose a perfect rug for your living room. 

Choosing the Perfect Rug for Your Living Room

As we said before, you need to consider several things when picking out a rug. You must think about the size, colour, pattern, shape, and material that suit you the most. 

Let’s tackle each of these factors one at a time. 


Most rugs come in one of the four sizes (in cm): 

  • 60 x 110
  • 90 x 150
  • 120 x 180
  • 170 x 240
  • 200 x 290
  • 240 x 340

The trick is to find a rug that is big enough to fit your furniture but not so big that it makes the living room seem too loud. 

Adding a rug to your living room is like an extra piece of furniture that complements the area. If it’s too small, you could risk a lopsided table or couch. If it’s too big, your living room will look far too stuffy. 

The best thing to do is make sure that there are only 4-7 inches of space around the edges of the rug. That way, the rug is the perfect size for the living room.

Colour and Pattern

The colour and pattern of your rug are two of the most important things you need to consider. 

One of the biggest mistakes people normally make is picking out the same colour for their rug and furniture. In some cases, it could work if the walls are too loud, but in most cases, this can create a monotone look for your living room. 

The best thing to do is to pick a colour or pattern that complements the furniture and walls. For example, if the couches are all the same colour, you can add a statement by choosing a unique pattern or texture.

However, if your living room is already full of loud patterns, you can balance it out with a simpler rug. And don’t be afraid to use a colour palette when picking out the colour of your rug. The trick is to not choose a rug similar to your living room but rather compatible with it!


The material of your carpet is imperative for several reasons. You should look for something that lasts long, isn’t hard to clean, and is stylish and luxurious. 

Wool is said to be the perfect material for your living room when picking out a rug. Why? Wool is as soft as a baby’s butt and isn’t easily compressed by furniture due to elasticity. 

Wool is also very long-lasting and isn’t easily torn. A quality wool rug will last around 10 years or even up to 15 years if regularly taken care of. 

The best mix for a rug is 80% wool and 20% nylon to maximize its elasticity and durability while maintaining its silky softness!

If you happen to have an allergy to wool, a perfect substitute would be cotton or polypropylene.


A little detail that’s easy to disregard yet makes the biggest difference in the layout of the living room is the shape of the rug. 

The shape of your rug, if chosen wrong, can leave a very awkward look no matter how amazing the carpet might look. You need to choose a shape that compliments your furniture. 

For example, a square-shaped coffee table fits perfectly with a square-shaped rug just like the circular coffee table fits perfectly with a circular rug.

So, before you pick out your rug, figure out which shape would suit your living room the most!

Consider Your Environment

That white rug might go perfectly with your black couch, but will it go well with your two toddlers and dog? Sometimes we’re so focused on picking out what will look good that we tend to forget about convenience. 

Instead of focusing too much on aesthetics, think about the rug’s longevity and whether or not it stains easily. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a rug that won’t last long, do you?

If you have toddlers in your house, it’s best that you invest in a rug that’s easy to clean because, at some point, your children will stain that rug one way or another. 

The same applies if you have a dog, cat, or any other playful pet. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Finally, there are two important things you cannot miss when picking out a rug:

  • People often prefer getting a small rug to fit right in the middle of the room. You’d think it would complete the room, but most interior designers advised against doing that since it creates an awkward “floating rug” look. 
  • It’s easy to forget the importance of a rug pad when shopping for a rug, but this piece of furniture is imperative since it increases the rug’s lifespan and avoids accidental slipping!

Final Remarks

You’ve just read a long list of the “rules” to picking out the perfect rug and you should now know what to look for. Keep in mind, though, that what makes a rug truly perfect is whether or not you truly like it! 

You don’t necessarily need to follow all of the tips given to find the perfect rug. At the end of the day, no one knows what suits your home more than you. 

If you’d like to pick the same colour for the rug and furniture because you like the monocoloured look, then go for it! If you prefer fur over wool, then so be it!

Whatever suits your living room the most is certainly the perfect choice. So, think of the tips less as “rules” and more as helpful suggestions!