I found the best living room rug ideas for an instant and affordable transformation

1. Go for a berber rug

If you're aiming for an on-trend living room design, then a berber rug is the way to go. And the good news is that you don't have to venture to Morocco to find one.

2. Pick a repeated pattern

It can be tempting to go for a large print on an area rug, but a smaller pattern is a great way of adding interest to a room. Whether it's graphic or floral, opting for a repeated print will make a rug the standout feature.

3. Choose a pretty scalloped edge

4. Source an antique rug

Antique rugs are a simple way to achieve a vintage living room idea, with the worn-in look making a lounge look effortlessly put together. Secondhand homeware shopping is on the rise and there are many places to find a truly vintage rug, but there are also many antique-inspired rugs on the high street.

5. Make use of natural materials

Natural materials are having a moment in living spaces. With the rise of trends such as 'quiet luxury', the attention is on pared-back tones that make a living room feel peaceful and easy to relax in.

6. Take inspiration from the 70s

The 70s are back in vogue, putting warm colours at the forefront of interior design. An easy way to incorporate this palette is through a rug, as it adds a statement swathe of colour which you can then choose to dress up or dress down.

7. Opt for an abstract design

Abstract rugs mimic the effect of art in a home but for your floors instead of your walls. If you're aiming to create a statement living room design full of pattern and colour then an abstract rug will easily complete a stylish scheme.

8. Go for flat-weave

Flatweave rugs are a fuss-free solution to adding warmth and dimension to a living room, without needing to worry about maintenance. While high-pile rugs can add so much fluffiness when walking around a room, they can also be tricky to vacuum and keep clean.

9. Add warmth with wool

The material of your rug is just as important as the appearance. Wool is a great choice for high-traffic areas as it's durable but also comfortable under foot. So if you have children or pets and want to protect your living room rug as much as possible, wool will be the answer.

10. Make a statement with stripes

Deckchair stripes have been having a moment in our gardens, so why not incorporate inside the home too? Micro-stripes are a nod to a traditional aesthetic and pair well with other patterns, while wider stripes will modernise a living room design.

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