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3 Easy Steps to Choose a Rug for Your Living Room

How does an interior designer choose a rug for a living room? There are three key factors you'll want to look at: size, color, and texture. 

A beautiful rug will pull your room together, and an inappropriate one can be distracting and even headache-inducing! Follow our step-by-step guide to choosing a rug, and your room will look as though it appeared straight from the pages of House Beautiful.

Interior Design Tips for Your Living Room Rug


An area rug should anchor your room. Every major piece of furniture should at least touch the rug. You don't need a rug that stretches from one wall to the other — that would be a carpet! But you do want the rug to be large enough that it can pull the space together. As a rule of thumb, it should be at least six inches but no more than two feet away from the walls.

What about shape? Round rugs are perfect for underneath round tables but are hard to pull off in a living room. If you have an open concept and your living room/dining room flow together, you can use two different rugs from the same color family to partition the areas.

Color and Pattern

HGTV's guide to choosing an area rug recommends that you select the rug first, and then build your room around it. But that isn't always feasible when you already have living room furniture. Do you want your rug to draw the eye, or to simply blend in with the rest of your interior design style? If you're looking for "floor art," choose big, bold patterns and colors, such as this Atrium rug or Mosaic motif. A more traditional look calls for neutral colors and understated patterns; think Richmond or Riviera.


Texture is one of the most important (and under-appreciated) interior design elements, and a living room rug is the perfect place to introduce a little variety. A sisal rug brings a natural element to a coastal or rustic design, and a shag rug with a longer pile (such as the Sierra) is the perfect foil to sleek modern furniture. 

Bassett Furniture has a rug to suit every interior design style. We'll help you find a rug that goes with your room, your lifestyle and your budget. Whether you're looking for something that will hide your German shepherd's constantly shedding fur or a rug to enhance the beauty of your grandmother's antique furniture, we've got what you need.

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