A living room is not complete without a rug. For centuries, rugs have symbolized warmth, comfort, and gathering. Large living room rugs especially function as markers of the spaces most important to us: where we come together for meals, storytelling, and creating new memories with those we love. Of course, they’re also visually appealing and, most design pros would agree, mandatory for completing your interior style.
Investing in a beautiful living room rug that will last for years may be a bit daunting. Here are some tips to help you get started browsing large area rugs for living rooms.
Sizing Your Rug
When sizing extra large area rugs for living rooms, a general rule of thumb is to keep an 18-inch margin of floor around the rug. So, when you measure the area wall-to-wall, subtract 36 inches from each direction to get the ideal dimensions for your rug. Most designers agree that extra large living room rugs should be big enough to fit all of your living room furniture, but if you have tables or couches that are against a wall, having just the front legs on the rug works too.
If you’re working within a smaller budget and looking at smaller rugs, use your rug to define the center of the space, or to distinguish a particular conversation area.
Or, put your rug beneath your armchairs and coffee table to give that conversation area a feeling of coziness and intimacy.
Choosing Your Style
Go bold. Large family room rugs are an opportunity to take style risks. Go wild with your favorite pattern—since it’s on the floor, your furniture will ground the colors and patterns of the rug, allowing it to work itself into your style instead of stealing the show.
Lay it, don’t paint it. If your dream accent wall is your landlord’s nightmare, channel that color into a rug.
Hate your floors? Use big living room rugs to create an inviting, polished sense of contrast. A white area rug on a dark floor will add brightness and elegance. A rich, deep-colored area rug on a light floor will add gorgeous depth.
If modern is more your speed, look for a crisp, minimalist pattern to flatter your décor’s sleek lines.
Materials: Natural vs Synthetic
When it comes to selecting the best material for large area rugs for living rooms, the good news is, you basically can’t go wrong.
Wool rugs are more expensive than synthetics for their hypoallergenic and flame-retardant qualities, as well as their weight. But many high-end decorators will tell you synthetics are just as good.
Other natural fibers you may find include cotton, jute, and sisal.
100% cotton rugs are normally braided rugs. Sometimes cotton is blended with polyester, wool, or other fibers to create a more carpet-like rug.
Jute and sisal are rougher fibers that are often used in indoor-outdoor rugs. When blended with other fibers such as polyester or olefin, they provide a satisfying texture.
New developments in synthetic material manufacturing have made synthetic rugs almost as soft as their natural fiber counterparts, with comparable stain-resistance. While wool carpets are still considered the finest, by buying synthetic you’ll be sacrificing only a little while saving a lot.
The most common synthetic materials are polyester, olefin, and nylon.
Synthetic materials are often blended with natural fibers, giving you the best that both have to offer.
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Since outdoor rugs are made with strong synthetic materials, they clean very easily and don’t require frequent maintenance. At the beginning and end of every outdoor season, you should clean your outdoor rugs with water, a scrub brush, and diluted dish soap. Wash both sides and allow your rug to dry completely in the sun before placing it down on your deck, patio, or other outdoor space. In between washes, you can spot clean when needed. In the off-season or if you live in climates that experience snow, store your rug rolled up in a dry, indoor space like a basement or backyard shed.
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