Looking for a way to add some personality and style to your living room? A modern rug might be just what you need!
Rugs can help to define the living space and make it more comfortable for your guests. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one? In this article, we will round up the best modern rugs for living room.
We’ll take a look at what makes these rugs special and show you some of our favorite options. So whether you’re looking for a new addition to your home or just starting to explore your decorating options, read on for some inspiration!
I have a rug addiction. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have purchased 2-3 rugs in 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!
Best Stores to Find Beautiful Modern Area Rugs
- Urban Outfitters
- West Elm
- Pottery Barn
- Home Depot
- Joss & Main
- Rugs USA
- World Market
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a modern rug for your living room:
- Measure the space before you start shopping to know what size will work best for your living room.
- Choose a design that reflects your style. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern design, a rug out there will fit your taste.
- Think about the materials used in the construction of the rug. Some are made with wool, natural fibers, and organic materials, while others are man-made synthetic materials.
- The color of your rug is important too. Make sure it matches the colors in the rest of the room. Otherwise, you may need to change your existing color scheme, room decor, and decorating style to match.
- Pile: low, medium, or high. This is a matter of personal preference, but remember that higher piles (shag rugs) can be more difficult to clean.
Modern Rugs for the Living Room
1) West Elm Reflected Diamonds Indoor/Outdoor Rug
We have this modern rug under our dining room table. It is reversible and easy to care for and made of recycled polyester that’s incredibly soft and highly durable. Its linework design adds a modern pattern to high-traffic areas, from the playroom to the patio.
2) West Elm Rani Rug
Part of West Elm’s Distressed Heirloom collection, the handcrafted Rani Rug is detailed with an intricate, bold pattern that looks aged and slightly worn. It’s hand-loomed from a mix of durable wool and lustrous viscose that’s distressed, adding a few vibrant colors and character. This rug is an excellent choice because its vintage design and rich color pairs well with modern furnishings.
3) Asti Hand-Tufted Black and White Rug
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 beautiful rug. It would make a big impact in any living room! Woven from a blend of rich New Zealand and Indian wool, the deep black pile is broken up by white lines that flow effortlessly 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.
4) CB2 Portrait Black Rug
A nod to a traditional Persian rug design, the black and ivory motif brings forward a contemporary design. Hand-knotted with handspun wool, then washed and distressed for an elegant luster finish. Both vintage and modern at the same time. CB2 exclusive. The tassels add a little boho element.
5) Viper Modern Rug
The Viper wool rug features eye-catching architectural details that is a sight to behold. The retro-inspired lines blend wonderfully with today’s modern style. The hand-woven 100% wool rug (NZ wool blend) is finished in a cut-and-loop pile that is so comfortable to walk on.
This beautiful rich handwoven rug will bring style to your home décor.
6) Distressed Ensi Rug
This modern West Elm rug is made from durable wool and soft viscose, detailed with a distressed, vintage-inspired pattern, and hand-loomed in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility. The neutral color palette makes this the right living room rug for practically any living room space.
7) Persyn Handwoven Jute Chenille Rug
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 without leaving home.
8) Nicolette Hand-Knotted Wool Rug
This intricate perfect pattern Persian-inspired design is brought to life in a cool neutral palette of taupe, ivory, and gray. Taking three or four weeks to complete, this rug was handcrafted by skilled makers using a traditional hand-knotting technique, a trade passed down and preserved for generations.
TIP: Rugs made from wool have their benefits! Wool has a natural ability to resist staining and soiling. In fact, it has more than a 30% higher rate of stain resistance than even the best synthetic fibers.
9) Kasbah Wool Rug
Made with premium luxe and soft wool, the Moroccan-inspired lines create a striking contrast!
10) USA Rugs Double Diamond Lattice Shag Snowpeak Rug
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.
I buy living room 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 two large furry dogs were 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 woven 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.
- Our entire house is hardwood floors; adding rugs is an easy way to brighten up a space and give each room a unique look.
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 own a dog, Ruggable is the perfect rug store for you! Shop a wide selection of styles and sizes, with available stain-resistant, water-resistant, and washing machine-safe options.
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.
Joss & Main
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.