9 Living Room Rug Ideas That Will Make Your Floors Look so Much Better

Whether you're a renter or a homeowner, have nice floors or ... well, not-so-nice, you don't need a giant area rug to complete your living room look. Depending on your space, a small, narrow, or round rug can work just as well. In fact, it's time to forget all of the old-school rug-styling rules you've heard over the years and try one of these nine modern living room rug ideas instead.

1. Layered Rugs

living room rug idea with leather couch in a home library, placed on a bright blue and red vintage rug, layered over a jute area rug
credit: Juniper Home

Layering rugs is a great way to show off your beloved rug collection, cozy up a room, or make a small rug work in a big space. It's also great for mixing patterns and textures, like this colorful combo from Jenny Komenda over at Juniper Home.

2. Rectangular Rug

Contrary to old-school interior design rules, a rectangular rug, or even an oversize runner, is the perfect living room rug idea. The elongated shape helps to define a seating area in a narrow space, like the cozy apartment of Reserve Home's Mallory Fletchall.

3. Bright Pink Rug

living room rug idea with a bright pink rug under a wood-framed couch, with a faux-fur ottoman in the background
credit: RugsUSA

A bright pink rug in the living room might seem like a bit much, but that's kind of the point. It's an easy way to add a pop of color and personality to an otherwise neutral space, and a distressed or over-dyed style can make it feel more timeless than trendy.

4. Flokati Rug

living room rug idea with an off-white flokati rug, a bamboo coffee table, and a stuffed, light-color sectoinal
credit: Anthropologie

A flokati rug instantly adds warmth and texture. And this gorgeous find from the new Joanna Gaines collection at Anthropologie is no exception, with a subtle texture that can work in just about any space.

5. Round Rug

living room rug idea with a round light gray rug in front of a tan sectional, with abstract art behind it on the wall
credit: West Elm

Round rugs shouldn't be relegated to the dining room. Try one in the living room, especially if you have a sectional sofa or a space with a lot of straight lines and hard angles.

6. Overlapping Rugs

Slightly different from layered rugs — usually a smaller rug over a larger rug — this living room rug ideas involves partially overlapping your woven beauties to give you more floor coverage, like in this project designed by Amber Lewis.

7. Floral Rug

Traditional floral rugs are sometimes overly ornate and, in turn, feel dated. But the new collection from Rifle Paper Company features flowers in a fresh and modern way.

8. Cowhide Rug

In addition to being versatile, durable, and just the right amount of edgy, cowhides can help soften the feel of a boxy, modern space. If you want to max out on natural textures and add warmth and depth to a really big room, layer a cowhide (or a faux cowhide!) over a big jute rug.

9. Jute Rug

Another gorg living room rug idea: a jute rug. They make a great base for layering, but the classic textile is fabulous on its own, too. And it's perfect in a light and airy room like this one from designer Melanie Burstin.


Emily Farris

Emily Farris

Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.