I will be honest with you. There are hardly any rules as it comes to living room rug placement. Of course, my favorite area rugs vendors will tell you to buy the largest rug you can afford. I noticed that placement of rugs, especially in the living room is rooted in the cultural traditions and habits. For example, in Ukraine (yes, I am from Ukraine) most of the area rugs were displayed in the middle of the room as a solo with no furniture touching it. Also, very often they were hung on the wall. But in general, in Europe people have no problems placing a rug in the middle of the room, and don’t you dare to step on it.
So, in this post, I will just show you some of the examples of what I think works and what doesn’t. It is definitely easier to consider all the options rather than playing a guessing game and then ending up with this big thing tuck in the corner. By the end of the post, I can guarantee you’re going to feel a LOT more at ease before buying and placing living room rugs.
1.Leave 18 inches of the Floor Showing: A Traditional Way of a Living Room Area Rug Placement:
It used to be a rule of thumb that 18 inches of space should show in a large living room between the perimeter of the floor and the area rug. This rule has been broken many times but I have to admit that I love this look. But if your living room is on a smaller scale and you want this look, consider leaving out only 6-12 inches around the perimeter of the room.
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2. Living Room Area Rug Placement with Front Legs of the Sofa on the Rug
This above photo is my own interior design work from paint colors to furniture and window treatments. The legs of the sofa just barely touch the area rug. A client wanted a specific burgundy color area rug and she had a limited time frame and budget for it. We were going more after the color than anything else. The room is a conservatory space with tile floors and garden elements. It works with a color scheme and picks from the colors of the upholstery. It works fine, but I would still prefer an area rug that extends behind the sofa and chairs.
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I am sharing the above photo from my interior design portfolio as well. It is a large living room that is open to the kitchen and breakfast area. We made sure that the legs of the sofa and some chairs are on the rug. It was important because it visually separates the living area from the kitchen and the breakfast area. The colors in the room are monochromatic with splashes of burnt orange in accents and pillows. The area rug is intended to blend with the colors of the furnishings but yet define the space and pull it together.
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A neutral color area rug in the living room above defines the sitting area around the TV. It looks cozy and inviting.
3. Living Room Rug Placement with No Legs on the Rug
If your living room area rug placement is such that no furniture legs are touching the area rug it can work beautifully in many cases as well. Some area rugs are there to make a statement. They are so pretty and so expensive that they, in fact, become a focal point of the room.
A small charcoal and ivory area rug is placed in front of the sofa so that it’s pattern is shown fully at least at one corner.
Above room has a bohemian vibe where all the rules can be intentionally broken but yet the unity between the objects is intentionally defined. The area rug is in the middle of the room ready to accommodate an hour of yoga.
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Here the living room rug placement is between the two sofas. It works because it’s color blends with the color of the floor.
- Don’t buy a miniature dollhouse rug just covering a small area in front of the sofa.
- If you want to define a sitting area it is better to use an area rug with at least front sofa legs are on the rug.
- You can use a smaller size area rug if your intent is to make a statement.
- You can use a smaller size area rug if its color blends with the floor.
- Think about safety first. The worst thing is tripping over a rug and falling! For older people as well as wheelchair users choose a rug with a low pile that is safely secured on all sides.
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