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What sort of rug in this living room?

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wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:29:20

Can't decide what sort of rug would look right in my living room! Not sure I want too bright and bold as it's quite a small room and I do have colourful cushions on the sofa and obviously the yellow chair. Am going round in circles here!

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wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:29:54

Photo grin

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wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:31:07

The carpet is light grey and the sofa is bluey charcoal velvet.

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wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:33:06

I also can't decide on whether a coffee table would work! The front door opens straight into the living room and is where I am stood to take the photo. Not sure if it would look too cluttered. It's 210cm from the hearth to the sofa.

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Elouera Sat 13-Jun-20 18:34:57

I went for a fairly neutral colour, as its easier to change cushion colours and other soft furnishings in the room for colour. Get the biggest you can afford! Either to encompass and sit under ALL the furniture, or as a minimum, to reach all the front legs of the lounge/sofa. Apparently anything smaller just looks too insignificant and doesn't bring the room together. (I read a lot of interior design books before buying ours). Ours is a speckled dark brown/beige as I thought a block colour would show stains, whereas as ours hides things.

If you already have a yellow chair and bright cushions, I'd go for neutral also. You could always have a pattern in it to add interest though.

wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:35:18

Looking from the other side of the room towards the front door!

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Elouera Sat 13-Jun-20 18:37:07

Sorry, just posted the above before you'd shown a pic and the fact there is already carpet down. I assumed the 'yellow' chair was a bright, canary, modern chair, but this one looks much more mellow and gold. I'm not much help I'm afraid, but definitely big enough to fit all the front legs of the furniture is what you need.

birthdaybelle Sat 13-Jun-20 18:43:39

I just got a Berber rug and I think they go in any room

wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:45:01

@Elouera I'd say the chair is more of a mustard but on the sofa I have bright pink and green cushions.

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ChateauMargaux Sat 13-Jun-20 18:46:08

What do you do in the room?

Is it a space to play on the floor? Do you walk through that space? Do you sit and watch TV, if so, where is the TV? If you had a coffee table, what would you put on it or what would you use it for?

Answers might change this just I would put a bright patterned rug in that room but your post implies that is not what you are looking for...

wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:50:01


The room is used for walking from the front door to the kitchen (often with two dogs in tow) and for sitting to read and watch tv. No children who need to play on the floor. Though the dogs do charge around so maybe it's best to go for side tables only and no coffee table.

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wheresmolly Sat 13-Jun-20 18:50:55

The tv will be in the corner to the right of the fireplace.

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ChateauMargaux Sat 13-Jun-20 20:29:21

Not sure if the base colour is too close to your carpet colour..

Fatted Sat 13-Jun-20 20:35:50

I wouldn't bother with a coffee table. I like the idea of coffee tables, but feel like they get in the way.

I'd go for a neutral colour, similar to the sofa. We have a grey sofa and grey rug. Was only £30 from Ikea, but is about 150cm x 210cm. I have colorful cushions, pictures on the wall etc because I want people's attention to be higher than the floor.

Zaphodsotherhead Sun 14-Jun-20 14:07:49

I'd get a smallish rug, as a big one will make the floor look smaller, and make sure it's washable! What about a faux sheepskin in front of the hearth?

PuntoEBasta Sun 14-Jun-20 14:21:09

I may be flamed for this but I don’t think rugs ever look quite right on fitted carpet.

I would inclined to get a bigger, bright door mat to mark out a sort of entryway ‘zone’ as you walk in.

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