Living Room Rugs For Families – Beginner’s Guide

living room rugs for families

The living room is the heart of your home. After all, this is where you spend the most time with your family members, well this is true for me anyway. I love watching movies or series cuddled up to my hubby and kids. 

So, I tend to focus a lot on making this area of my home comfy and inviting. I could have chosen to decorate it just like the other rooms in my home but because it is literally the focal point where we all seem to gravitate, I had to take extra time in making it appealing.

With this millennial generation (aka my pre-teen son and my teen daughter), it takes a concerted effort to encourage family bonding and find ways around their obsessive individual screen time/tech time. Yes, there are outdoor activities to indulge family time but with these pandemic times or weather limitations it is sometimes safer or better to be home. 

Hence the function of the living room as the centre of communication and entertainment will always be an important one, therefore it would also be a brilliant idea to add some accents that will definitely make it more “liveable” as well as comfortable.

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Why Area Rugs?

Area rugs can serve a wide range of purposes in your living room. It is because the area rug itself has a broad definition and does not signify just one particular thing. You can place it at the front door and use it for wiping your feet before you step on the living room carpet or go inside.

Likewise, you may set an area rug at your family and guest’s seat so people will have a comfortable sitting position while having a nice chat with you and other family members.

What type of rug is best for living room?

Choosing the right one is crucial if you do not want to end up with an area rug that does not suit the overall ambiance of your living room. One good piece of advice is to decide on a design, shape, colors and size before you shop for an area rug.

This way, you will have a better chance of finding the one you really need.

What size area rug is big enough for living room?

To get the best out of your rugs, make sure you get bigger sizes. It will give more freedom to move around and enjoy the whole area without feeling too cramped up. For example, if you choose a dining table that is surrounded by four chairs and other small pieces of furniture such as side tables and cabinets, it might make that area too crowded. 

However, if you have a dining table that is surrounded with four chairs and an area rug that takes most of the floor space at this particular area, then this will be more pleasing to the eye.

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Are area rugs made from organic materials worth it?

Another important factor to consider when looking for the right area rugs for your living room are the materials. There are some types of rugs that are made of organic materials so it is environmentally-friendly. This is a great benefit in terms of making your living room a ‘greener’ conscious place. Just make sure that the organic materials are not treated with harmful chemicals.

Should carpet be lighter or darker than walls?

You can opt for darker rugs if you want to make the area appear smaller than it is or if the flooring in this room is dark. This will help create feelings of coziness and intimacy as well as making the room appear warmer. Ergo, the same is true if you choose a lighter color rug, however light color tends to make the room look bigger and brighter, adding a more feng shui vibe to your deco.

What colour rug matches a brown couch?

This is a common issue among homeowners. The rule of thumb in choosing rugs that match your flooring and sofa color is to pick something that closely relates to the dominant color of these pieces. For example, if you have a brown couch and cabinets, then it would be best to get a beige or dark brown rug under the coffee table and dining table. 

This way, there would not be too much contrast so it will not look too loud.
You can also opt for lighter colors such as gray or white but make sure these colors are light enough so they do not create too much contrast with the darker shades of your furniture.

What color carpet is most popular?

The colors of rugs in general are not limited to just one or two shades. There are so many colors you can choose from depending on your preferences. However, you may also want to consider the overall color scheme of your living room before making a choice about which color rug would look best for this particular room.

For example, if the dominant colors used in your living rooms are neutral such as gray and beige, then it is recommended that you limit yourself with these types of hues when choosing the right area rugs for them. If you like colorful patterns, then go for lighter shades because dark ones will definitely make your living room appear smaller than what it really is due to contrasting effect.


There is no one-fits-all rule when it comes to choosing the right color rugs for your living room. The trick is to start with a general idea of what you want and then narrow down your options from there. This way, you will not have any problem looking for the best option out there. You can’t control the weather; you can’t control your kids or your husband (true in my case #rollingeyes) but making your house a home is among the things you can control so the power is in your hands… May the ‘force’ be with you!

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