How to choose and style a rug in your living room - with Flooring Xtra


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There are so many elements to consider when choosing, shopping for, styling and positioning a rug in your living room. It’s a major purchase, something that you hope you will have for a long time and it really does set the tone of your whole space… so with that said, it’s super important to make the right choice!

The position of your rug is the first thing to get right and it all depends on the layout of your space. Generally, the rule of thumb is – if you have small space, place your rug in front of your couch. If you have a large open plan space, choose a large rug and place the couch onto the rug, whenever a rug is placed under a sofa or sitting under furniture it should always be larger than the furniture. If you have two couches facing each other, place the rug between the two couches. And any additional furniture you have, try to put the legs of the pieces onto the rug so they feel like they are part of the space. We love this huge 3m x 4m rug from Flooring Xtra, perfect for a modular sofa in a large room - Everest – Ivory Texture 1630

The look of the rug is the next big choice and a major one. If you are confused with where to start, collect some imagery of spaces and rugs that you like and make a mood board that you can refer back to. Choose a rug that compliments your homes style and the space that it will be in as well as thinking about how it works with your existing furniture and art pieces.



Choosing a rug that contrasts against your flooring is important, you don’t want it to blend in completely. If you want to go bold and bright with your rug choice, ensure that it works with your other pieces and that there is balance in the space. The Mirage – Navy Morrocan 359 from Flooring Xtra is bold, patterned and a gorgeous Navy Blue but it’s also subtle enough and will work with simple furniture pieces that won’t fight against it.

Functionality is super important and not to be looked over. Choosing a rug with long and plush piles means it can be flattened easily in high traffic areas, so think about where the rug will placed before choosing a soft fluffy rug, choosing a rug with a short looped pile may be better in high traffic areas.

The shape of your rug can transform your space – you don’t have to have a standard rectangle! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, choosing a round rug is a very on trend choice and it will work in more spaces than you may think. Round rugs look great under circular dining table settings, they work well in open plan entryways, kids rooms and placing a large round rug in the living room adds interest and is very functional.



Colour is also a factor when thinking of functionality. If you have kids and/or animals try to steer away from a pale or very dark rug, they will show up dirt more quickly. Try choosing a mid-toned rug with texture – it will hide the mess for a little longer! A jute rug will stand the test of time and lots of foot traffic too, the Atrium – Natural Shapes Pilu from Flooring Xtra is sustainably sourced and a stunning rug for any look.

Flooring Xtra has rugs in all shapes and sizes with many stores across Australia that can help you with all of your flooring needs.

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