What’s a home without beautiful rugs?

Is there anything more decadent than a luxurious rug underfoot? We think not but we also know that a rug in any room, but especially the living room, can bring an extra dimension to it.

With our range of new rugs added to our collection, we decided to take a look at the ways in which a rug has been used to seal the stylish deal of living rooms in the past.

#1 Supporting role

Louis de Poortere Antiquarian Amir Gold Rug

Sometimes, the actors who shine in a play are those in supporting roles and that is true in a living room where there is a focal point other than the rug. Blousy wallpaper, a beautiful oversized fireplace or the beauty of reclaimed wood furniture can be supported by a lighter toned and patterned rug, like this hint-of-blue with dabs of gold rug.

#2 Stand out in a sea of minimalism

Louis de Poortere Khayma Farrago Lawrence Rug

It isn’t to everyone’s taste having pristine white walls and ceiling in a living room but for those in love with minimalism, it is the ideal blank canvas. Adding a pop of interest with colour, pattern or both with a contrasting piece of artwork and light coloured and lightly patterned Louis de Poortere traditional rugs.

#3 Contrasting patterns

Louis de Poortere Vintage Patchwork Ardennes Green Rug

In recent years, we have seen the use of different patterns come together in a room, an effect that is easier the achieve than you think. For example, a modern piece of artwork contrasting with a traditional patterned modern rug is a play on pattern. To stop them clashing, maintain a sense of cohesion by having at least one similar colour in both patterns. This Louis de Poortere green rug has plenty of other colours and shading to ‘match and contrast’.

#4 Adding similar elements

Louis de Poortere Antiquarian Divan Blue Rug

If you want a traditional style to your living room, then you will need to pull similar elements together. This starts with colour, followed by the patterns you would expect to see in such a scheme. This dramatic rug with its deep colours and more than a hint of traditional pattern would be a great place to start.

#5 Create a zone

Louis de Poortere Antiquarian Agha Old Gold Rug

Open plan living is something more of us are choosing to do and why not? Versatile when it comes to how we style and use the space, working with all that space is a dream. Until, that is, you feel it is a void rather than a cosy space. Contemporary rugs are perfect in any space but in the open plan living room, they are the ideal tool for creating zones, adding a feeling of comfort and warmth.

#6 Add colour

Louis de Poortere Khayma Farrago Rusty Orange Rug

As well as texture, rugs are perfect in the living room for adding a zing of colour. It makes the ideal platform for the industrial coffee table, running alongside a brown leather armchair and sofa, so it’s no wonder that this gorgeous orange rug is one of our most popular, even those it is a new addition to your rug collection.

Rugs are perfect for adding interest, pattern, colour, texture and warmth to any room but in the living room, we would go so far as to say that it is a compulsory addition. Wouldn’t you?

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