100 Examples of Living Rooms with Area Rugs (Photos)

Hand selected collection of incredible living rooms with area rugs. All kinds of area rugs and living room designs represented. Very inspiring.
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2-story living room with large area rug

Welcome to our gallery of living rooms with area rugs!

Below is our huge photo gallery featuring living rooms with area rugs.

Photo Gallery

Rustic modern formal living room with white walls and hardwood flooring along with brick-style fireplace and grand-looking chandelier.

Rustic modern formal living room with white walls and hardwood flooring along with brick-style fireplace and grand-looking chandelier.

Large living room with a cozy couch, pendant lighting and a large rug.

Large living room with a cozy couch, pendant lighting and a large rug.

This living room features a hardwood flooring topped by a rug. The sofa set looks classy.


This living room features a hardwood flooring topped by a rug. The sofa set looks classy.

Modish living room with brown couch set on the rug on top of the hardwood flooring. There's a fireplace as well.

Modish living room with brown couch set on the rug on top of the hardwood flooring. There’s a fireplace as well.

Large living room with cozy couches and classy rug and lighting.

Large living room with cozy couches and classy rug and lighting.

Elegant formal living room with a modish set of seats, a stylish fireplace and a rug.

Elegant formal living room with a modish set of seats, a stylish fireplace and a rug.

Large formal living room with towering high ceiling and rustic flooring along with modish furniture set and rug.


Large formal living room with towering high ceiling and rustic flooring along with modish furniture set and rug.

Elegant formal living room with a small chandelier and cozy seats along with a classy rug.

Elegant formal living room with a small chandelier and cozy seats along with a classy rug.

Large elegant living room featuring a classy chandelier, living room furniture sets and a fireplace with TV. The rug looks perfect with the room's style.

Large elegant living room featuring a classy chandelier, living room furniture sets and a fireplace with TV. The rug looks perfect with the room’s style.

Large living room with white walls and ceiling lighted by lined up recessed lights. The rug looks perfect with the living set.

Large living room with white walls and ceiling lighted by lined up recessed lights. The rug looks perfect with the living set.

This formal living room boasts a set of modish seats along with nice wall decors and a rug.

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This formal living room boasts a set of modish seats along with nice wall decors and a rug.

Spacious beachside mansion living room with light gray furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows in large open space.

Interesting living room set with hardwood flooring, walls and ceiling along with modish living room seats and a brown rug.

Classy spacious living room with a nice set of seats on top of the rug.

Modern living room with white walls, hardwood ceiling and gray finished flooring topped by a classy rug.

Large living space with white walls with rustic accent. The rugs look perfect with the living room’s style.


Stylish living room with black seats and a built-in counter below the TV. The rug looks classy.

Medium living space with white walls and blue sofa set. The rug perfectly fits with the room’s style.

Contemporary style living room with gray sofa set and black fire place. The rustic rug looks beautiful.

Modern living room with white seats matching the white walls. The rug looks so stylish.

Modern home with open floor plan featuring a large living space with gray couch matching the gray rug.

Elegant living room with a classy rug, sofa set and a fireplace along with the piano on the corner.


Large living room with interesting wall design and ceiling lighted by a gorgeous ceiling light. The seats are set beautifully on a stylish rug.

This living room is surrounded by white walls and ceiling. The seats, along with the flooring and rug add colors to the room.

This living room features an artistic rug set on the hardwood flooring.

Massive living space with comfortable couches and stylish rug.

Modern living room with a stylish L-shape sofa and rug with a glass table on the center.

Contemporary living space with stylish sofa set matching the gray stylish rug.


Modern living room with stylish sofa set and rug along with glass windows and white regular ceiling.

Contemporary living room with stylish gray fireplace matching the rug.

Living room with hardwood flooring and white walls together with a fireplace and stylish wall design.

Stylish living room with skylight featuring a brown couch and a black rug.

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Hardwood and tile floors are much easier to keep clean than carpet, but nothing beats a plush, warm place to rest your feet after a long day. I hate resting my feet on a cold, hard floor, so I prefer a rug. When it gets dirty and worn, it’s easier to replace than carpet (and cheaper too!)

A nice area rug can add not only warmth but color and texture to an otherwise neutral room. Bringing in accent pillows to pick up colors from the rug is an easy way to tie in a rug that may or may not match the colors of your walls.

There is a variety of ideas on how large your area rug should be: some rooms have all furniture legs on the rug, some have only the front legs on the rug. Some have no legs on the rug or maybe one leg from the chairs and two from the couches.  The living rooms in this selection may not all be arranged with the same size proportions, but they all follow the most important rug rule:

There must be at least 18 inches of bare floor around the perimeter of the rug. (The exception to this rule is in smaller rooms, where you can reduce the distance to 8 inches.)

We hope you’ll enjoy this gallery and come away with inspiration for your own living room.

Are large area rugs best for a living room?

Generally, you’ll get a large area rug for your living room because it will fill out a good portion of the space.  You’ll notice many examples in our extensive gallery above have large sizes.

However, sometimes and depending on your living room layout, you may opt for a smaller rug off to the side demarcating a section of the space such as a small reading nook.

Updating Gallery

Recently we’ve implemented software in our site so that our galleries, including this one, automatically updates with new photos and designs as they’re added to the site.  We add new interior design projects and portfolios every day so over time, this gallery will grow with more and more examples of living room designs with area rugs.

Bare Floor vs. Area Rug?

This is the main question, isn’t it.? It boils down to personal choice.  I love the look of a nice area rug on top of hardwood.  I also like that it helps reduce noise, adds warmth to the floor and softness when in stocking feet.

All in all, I think it’s a no-brainer to opt for an area rug if you have hardwood or laminate flooring in your living room.








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