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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.

Area Rug Photo Gallery










The living room is surrounded by a long bookshelf while the rug perfectly fits with the style of sofa set.BFDO Architects

Another living room with a wide bookshelf features a stylish rug on a hardwood flooring along with nice sofa set. A personalised cat lounge area can be sits on top of the shelf.BFDO Architects

Another look at the living space focusing on its nice pendant lights and glass windows.BFDO Architects

Another look of the living room showcasing the well-made bookshelf and cat area.BFDO Architects

The mansion boasts an elegant living room featuring a stylish wall design on top of the fireplace. The rug perfectly blends with the hardwood flooring while the glass doors leads to outdoor areas.Trulia

The living room features a hardwood flooring topped by a rug and a nice white sofa set. Photo credit: BorxuAtelier RZLBD

Living room and dining table's look from the house's second floor. Photo credit: BorxuAtelier RZLBD

Another look at the living room showcasing the beautiful pure white walls and table. Photo credit: BorxuAtelier RZLBD

The living room comes with a complete set of plush furniture and rug along with bright table lamps.Trulia

Just behind the staircase is the large bookshelf placed near the living area.la SHED architecture

The living area boasts a large bookshelf and a nice rug perfect for a reading time with family or friends.la SHED architecture

The interior of the villa looks luxurious as well.Photo Credit: Adam Letch Designed by: SAOTA

The formal living room looks very elegant with tiles flooring and a stylish rug. The sofa set and table are all very stylish while the canvas wall art adds elegance to the room.Trulia

The living room boasts a well-placed fireplace and sofa set together with a large colourful fish tank.Trulia

Another living room that features an oversized sofa on an elegant rug.Trulia

White living room with nice sofa set and stylish rug along with glass doors leading to a balcony.Zillow DigsTM

Huge formal living room with a vaulted ceiling and a nice sofa set together with a fireplace and chandelier.Zillow DigsTM

The living room boasts a high coffered ceiling with a beige walls and a dark hardwood flooring. The fireplace is perfectly placed while the french doors and palladian-style windows let the sunlight in.Trulia

John Frusciante's living room has a nice shed ceiling with exposed beams while the hardwood flooring fits perfectly with the white walls.Trulia

Another living room of the musician's property featuring a stylish wall design on top of the fireplace. The beams perfectly blends with the white ceiling and the bookshelf adds style to the room.Trulia

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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 noice, 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.