Choosing a rug for your Living Room – Quick Tips

Memories! A word with only eight letters, yet one that means the world to each and every one of us. On a tranquil Saturday evening, over a warm pot of chai shared with loved ones, these are the memories we hold dearest. This reminiscence of the past is what makes them so unique. This type of regular or spontaneous gathering occurs at some point in every living room. This is why we make such an effort to ensure that our living areas are as welcoming and relaxing as possible. While every room in a house has its purpose, the living room is typically where the family gathers. Therefore, we should consider decorating the living room first, as the rest of the area will likely take cues from it. It is necessary that we choose a rug for our living room with care in order to create an aesthetically pleasing, yet cosy atmosphere.

Since Obeetee has been weaving rugs for more than a century, we understand how important it is to have a cosy spot to unwind and spend time with loved ones. This is why we're here: to help you choose the best rug for your living room.

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Ensure that the rug size isn’t too small

The best way to place a rug in your living room is this: leave approximately 4 to 8 inches of bare floor bordering each side of an area rug. Additionally, all the legs of your furniture should sit on the rug. However, if it is not possible, it is okay to place only the front legs of large upholstered furniture on the rug. When sofa legs, chair legs, and table legs are not completely set on an area rug, the room can appear incomplete or unbalanced. Therefore, avoid selecting a too-small area rug when designing your living room. Standard sizes for area rugs usually consist of: 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, and 10x14. Of course, you can always get a bespoke rug by consulting the Obeetee specialists and communicating your requirement and preferences to them, according to the dimensions of your room.

Color and pattern

You can buy rugs for your home in a wide range of colour schemes, from muted tones to bright and bold to pastels and beyond. You can choose the subdued one to blend in with your existing decor, or you can make a statement with the vibrant one. The right rug can transform a room by adding a splash of colour and helping your home tell a story in a whole new light. A solid-coloured area rug in a neutral tone works well in an eclectic space since it doesn't compete with the many different patterns and colours already present. When it comes to hiding dirt and spills, a patterned area rug in a deeper hue is preferable to a solid one of the same size and colour.

Material and texture

Before purchasing an area rug, give some thought to how you want the rug to feel underfoot and how much upkeep you are willing to put into it. Stunning silk or leather area rugs, for instance, will add a touch of class to your home, but they may be difficult to maintain. Similarly, while a low pile cotton rug may not feel as elegant as a silk rug, it will require lesser maintenance. Additionally, Viscose, a synthetic textile also known as rayon, can be treated to resemble the feel, drape, and shine of natural fibres like silk and wool. It's beautiful and inexpensive but the fibre isn't as sturdy or stain-resistant as you'd like for a high-traffic area like a living room. At Obeetee, you can find rugs in every material which you can explore too decipher which material fits best your living style.

Consider layering

If you want your living room to look livelier and more fascinating, layering is a technique you should master. Simply being surrounded by neatly organised, tidy spaces has a positive effect on our mood, and also your dear ones. Rugs from the same colour family can be stacked on top of each other for a unified look. You can also use colour blocking if your walls and furniture have a monochromatic colour scheme. It creates a neat effect when colours from different palettes work well together. Additionally, also consider the size while looking for an ideal layering rug or your home. Use a wall-to-wall carpet and then cover it with a variety of smaller rugs for a luxurious look. Filling a room with smaller rugs of the same colour or pattern family is another way to add personality to your living room.