How rugs can revitalise living rooms

Looking for living room decorating ideas? 25 Beautiful Homes's photo gallery has everything you need to incorporate a rug into your living scheme. Find more living room ideas at

This farmhouse living space has been enlivened with a bold, red rug. Made from wool, it not only looks stylish but will keep your feet toasty and warm. Natural stone on the walls and floor make this room the perfect little country retreat.

Laura Ashley

1/10 Wood burner

room with brick fireplace floor rug and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC /Richard Gadsby)

Stoves Are Us

2/10 Traditional eclectic living room with patterned rug

living room with floor rug and wooden chair

(Image credit: Future PLC /Nicholas Yarsley)

Accessories can work wonders to give a living room a brand new look on a budget. Simply swap your traditional theme for something more exotic. The red carpet and large Persian rug create a daring colour clash that shouldn't work in theory, but in fact looks great and really brightens up the room.

Similar rug
Latif Rugs
Spanish chair

3/10 Yellow living room with pink rug

living room with floor rug and wall frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

From high-pile to flat-weave, wool to sisal, there are countless great rug designs, patterns and textures on the market. Don't shy away from colour, as it can often help to unify a scheme. This bright and beautiful living room has a sunny yellow on the walls and splashes of vibrant pink on the chairs and rug.

Flame chairs
Christopher Guy

Helen Yardley

4/10 Traditional living room with pink accents

living room with fireplace sofa and cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC /Richard Gadsby)

This cosy spot is emphasised by the placement of symmetrical furniture. Cream and bright pink combine to create a feelgood vibe in this airy living room. A striped rug placed in the centre echoes the colour scheme elsewhere in the room for a cohesive look.

Woodburning stove
Dorking Stove and Fireplace Emporium
Similar sofa

5/10 Traditional living room with animal print rug

room with zebra rug white sofa and black lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC /Rob Sanderson)

Here, a country living room is given a touch of the exotic with a stunning faux zebra skin. The printed rug blends in perfectly as it simply continues the monochrome theme already present in the furniture and other soft furnishings.

Rug and sofa

The Interior Co.
Similar lamp
John Lewis

6/10 White living room with red accents

living room with white sofa and glass wooden frame door

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

Re-energise your room with an uplifting rug. It's one of the easiest ways to add colour and transform a look, and it can really take a scheme from simple to striking. Here, a cool coloured wall and neutral carpet are brought to life with a deep red rug in an Middle Eastern-inspired pattern. Bright tones can be offset with cream upolstery and off-white accessories to give your space a cohesive look that feels relaxing and soothing.

India Jane

7/10 Eclectic living room with red patterned rug

eclectic living room with white wall open book shelve and table lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

This eclectic living room features unique pieces and contrasting colours and textures to create a welcoming, personalised living space. The trick to getting it right is to stick predominantly to one primary colour, and keep large items of furniture neutral. Always use a liner to keep your rug from slipping or creeping. The rug liner should be appropriate for your floor type and also be the right size to fully keep the rug from sliding.

Woven Ground

8/10 Living room with multiple patterned rugs

living room with white wall and floor rug

(Image credit: Future PLC /Mel Yates)

Mid-century modern furniture classics and a trip of antique rugs have plenty of room to shine in this large, bright living space. If you use more than one rug in a room, make sure they are not the same size. Same sized rugs can cut your room in half visually.

Floor light

9/10 Cream and leather living room with wool rug

leather sofa with pink flower vase and white window

(Image credit: Future PLC /Mark Bolton)

Bright white shutters keep this living room feeling airy whilst chrome and crystal accessories add some sparkle to the space. Adding a few different rugs in different shades will liven up a neutral scheme and give your room a warm, welcoming look.

Ceiling light
Next Day Lighting

10/10 Living room with wood burning stove

living room with wooden burning stove white sofa and red lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC /Robert Sanderson)

Give bare floors a quick makeover with a well placed rug. Use a favorite rug as the basis of the color scheme in a room. On the other hand, if you add it after you have your furniture in place, you can use the rug to accent or tie in your existing colors. Want to brighten up your living room? The red painted chimney wall adds warmth to this cosy room while creating a striking impression.

Little Greene


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.