I have a rug addiction. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I unapologetically have purchased 2-3 rugs for each of our rooms one the past few years. I love updating the rugs in our home frequently because they can make such a dramatic change in the appearance of a room!
A rug is a great way to add some personality and style to your living room. It can also help to define the space and make it more comfortable for your guests. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a new rug for your living room:
- The size of the rug is important. Make sure to measure the space before you start shopping so you have an idea of what size will work best.
- Choose a design that reflects your personal style. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern look, there’s a rug out there that will fit your taste.
- Think about the materials used in the construction of the rug. Some are made with natural fibers, while others are man-made.
- The color of your rug is important too. Make sure it matches the colors in the rest of the room. Otherwise, you may feel like you need to change up your existing décor to match.
I buy rugs frequently for a few reasons:
- When we first got Vík, he chewed through 2 bedroom rugs. But, you can’t blame him, he was just a puppy.
- I didn’t realize how fragile certain materials were when there are two large furry dogs wrestling on them and I am particular about the fabrics in our home looking neat and tight. Rug frays and pulls drive me crazy.
- I didn’t realize which rugs would be extremely hard to keep fur-free. With our two furry dogs (one being a long-haired shepherd) the fur gets weaved into the fibers and is difficult to vacuum out; which is why I am a fan of low-pile rugs and rugs that are considered indoor-outdoor.
- I get bored and I like to change the look of our rooms every-so-often.
Modern Rug Round-Up
We have this one in our dining room. Reversible and easy to care for, our handwoven Reflected Diamonds Indoor/Outdoor Rug is made of recycled polyester that’s both incredibly soft and highly durable. Its linework design adds modern pattern to high-traffic areas, from playroom to entry to patio.
Part of our Distressed Heirloom collection, the handcrafted Rani Rug is detailed with intricate patterns that are aged and worn as if by centuries of time. Its hand-loomed from a mix of durable wool and lustrous viscose that’s distressed, adding character and making it easy to mix with even modern furnishings.
I saw this one at the CB2 showroom and it is so gorgeous! Repeated geometric lines are transformed into an all-over design on this soft, hand-tufted rug. Woven from a blend of rich New Zealand and Indian wool, the deep black pile is broken up by white lines that flow easily into any space. Designed by Bryn Namavari, the rug’s pattern was inspired by the meditative and rhythmic qualities of repeating simple geometries. CB2 exclusive.
A nod to a traditional Persian rug design, the black and ivory motif brings forward a modern interpretation. Hand-knotted with handspun wool then washed and distressed for an elegant luster finish. Both vintage and modern at the same time. CB2 exclusive.
This modern West Elm rug is made from durable wool and soft viscose, detailed with a distressed, vintage-inspired pattern, hand-loomed in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility.
Handcrafted to feature an heirloom-style design, this rug grounds any space in timeless style. The understated medallion motif brings an air of global sensibility to the room, all without leaving home.
Like a work of art, a beautiful rug celebrates your personal style. Taking three or four weeks to complete, this rug was handcrafted by skilled makers using a traditional hand-knotting technique, a trade that’s been passed down and preserved for generations. This intricate Persian-inspired design is brought to life in a cool neutral palette of taupe, ivory, and gray.
Made with premium wool that’s luxe and soft, the moroccan-inspired lines create a striking contrast!
Get the look of a Moroccan rug and the feel of plush softness from a no-fuss material. The lattice pattern is sure to delight in any room of your home without competing with your décor. Choose from an array of colors and sizes and kick those feet up with this pet-friendly and easy-to-clean area rug.
How to Properly Size a Rug
When we first bought our home I was struggling to find the right size rugs and I struggled to know the right size rugs to use depending on how we chose to organize the furniture in rooms. I referred to this article on Wayfair to help make some sizing decisions. This quick West Elm Youtube video was also really helpful.
Best Stores to Find Beautiful Area Rugs
Wayfair offers rugs in a variety of patterns and materials. Whether you choose a modest plain or elegant floral design, there’s something for everyone in our large range of rugs.
From shag to bohemian styles, Urban Outfitters has something for everyone. This store is best known for its trendy items but can also provide you with a lovely area rug at an affordable price.
You’ll find that Overstock has the most impressive selection of area rugs available. You can expect to discover countless styles and patterns that will work throughout any room in your home.
If you’re a dog lover and/or like to mix it up, Ruggable is the store for you. Shop a wide selection of styles and sizes, with stain-resistant, water-resistant, and washing machine-safe options available.
At West Elm, you can choose from a variety of area rugs made in the USA and with eco-friendly materials. This store has a selection to satisfy any décor style.
From shag to modern, you can find a wide variety of styles that will work well in any room with Pottery Barn’s selection.
If you’re simply looking for a rug that will infuse your room with warmth and personality, consider buying an inexpensive shag or flat weave option at Home Depot. You can find affordable area rugs starting at $20, which won’t break the bank.
In fact, you can find a variety of unique styles at Target starting at under $100! At this store, you’ll be able to choose from a vast selection of colors and patterns that will suit any décor style or budget.
For those who want a rug with a rustic feel, Joss & Main has an amazing selection of rugs. This store features both handmade and machine-made rugs that are perfect for the living room, bedroom, dining area, or even the hallway.
Just like the rest of Amazon’s inventory, you can find affordable rugs that can be sent to your door in a matter of days.
You’ll find an enormous selection of designs, shapes, and sizes available when selecting from Rugs USA’s rug collection. From modern to classic styles with a vintage appeal, the store is one you shouldn’t pass up if looking for low-cost rugs.
World Market has an incredible selection of area rugs available. The store offers affordable, stylish pieces that won’t break the bank and can be easily shipped to your home or picked up at a World Market store if you want to take a look before committing.