How To Place A Living Room Rug: You Won’t Believe The Tricks I Learned?


You’ve probably seen many videos, blogs, and articles on how to place a living room rug. The only problem is that most of them don’t help you get it right the first time. If you’ve ever tried laying a carpet and had your efforts thwarted by folds, creases, or visible seams, you know I’m talking about what. Believe it or not, we’re all a little bit less-than-savvy when it comes to rugs unless we practice a little something we call “home decorating.” Many home decorators struggle with their first rugs because they don’t know where to look or tricks to hide the telltale signs of a new carpet. If you fall into this category and would like some tips so that your next rug experience goes smoothly, continue reading!

Know What To Look For When Choosing A Rug

Many people get stuck on the concept of “what looks good in a living room?” without considering the specific furnishings already there. If you’re trying to decide between rugs that both work with your furnishings and look good on their own, you’ll want to ask yourself which criteria are more important. Is the carpet more essential to look good with your furniture or blend well with your walls? These two completely different questions should not be treated as if they were the same thing. Choosing a rug that looks good on its own (without the help of your walls) will open up a new realm of rug possibilities. You’ll also have a more comprehensive selection of colours and more rug types to choose from them. A rug that is an excellent fit for your furniture can also work well in a dining room or bedroom decorated in a different style.

Blend With Surroundings

It would be a shame to put a rug in front of a wall and completely hide the texture and colour of that wall. It would help if you considered how your rug would blend with your room’s furnishings, colours and decorative elements, like pictures, mirrors or a mantel. If you’re placing a rug in front of a wall with a patterned texture, choose a rug that is duller in colour and texture to balance out the wall. If you’re placing a rug in front of a neutral wall in colour and texture, choose a rug that complements the wall but is also bright enough to stand out. Avoid placing a carpet in front of a wall with a prominent pattern or colour, as it will create an unbalanced look.

Pick The Right Size And Shape For Your Room

Next, you’ll want to choose the right rug size for your room. It is essential for a couple of reasons. First, it will help you determine the correct placement for your rug. It will be easier to place a rug in the right spot if you know where it will go and what area it will cover. Second, it will help you decide which decorative elements to place around your rug. Some rugs have a special underlayment that helps define their edges but is too thick to allow you to put them directly on the floor or flooring. You can use decorative pieces, like ottomans or coffee tables, or even rugs with a low pile to give your extra rug room around its edges to avoid tripping over them.

Color Coordinate With Accent Items

You’ve already chosen the right rug size for your room, and now you’ll want to ensure your rug’s colours match as closely as possible with your room’s colours. It is imperative to have decorative elements that are highlighted by a particular colour, like a mirror or picture. You can also use your rug colours to help blend with your walls and furniture. For example, if your walls are a neutral colour, but your couch is a bright colour, you can use a rug with a neutral colour to help unify the room. If your walls are bold, but your couch and accent items are toned down, you can use a rug with a complementary colour to help unify the whole room.

Consider Padding And Underlayment

You also want to consider what kind of rug pad you will need to place under your rug. If you’re placing a small carpet that won’t need extra padding, you can skip this step, but if your rug covers an area significantly more significant than the rug itself, you’ll want to consider placing a rug pad underneath. A rug pad will help protect your flooring (usually hardwood or engineered wood floor), add comfort to your feet, and prevent your rug from getting scratched up when you walk across it. When choosing a rug pad, you’ll want to find one as close to the same thickness as your flooring. It will help to prevent your rug from sinking into an uneven area.

Hide Hardware And Boxes

If you love your new rug, don’t forget to take advantage of all the rug pads and hiding tricks mentioned above. Next, you’ll want to consider using your carpet to hide critical items in your home, like boxes and wires. If you don’t want your guests to see the source of a lot of your home’s noise and clutter, you can always use a rug to cover up a stereo or TV. Small rugs also make great makeshift tablecloths when you don’t want to bother with an actual tablecloth. They’re also great for covering up coffee tables, lamps, decorative items or even books you want to keep out of sight.

Avoid These Mistakes When Placing A Rug

Here are a few things to remember when laying your first rug. First and foremost, don’t try to rush the process. Rushing will only lead to mistakes and possibly tears. Take your time and ensure that your rug is laid out correctly and there are no bumps or dips on the floor. Second, take a close look at your carpets before pulling them out to ensure there are no significant stains or damage you need to take care of before placing your new rug. Finally, make sure that your carpet is free of dust or dirt before you move forward with laying it down. You don’t want to place a rug down with any dust or dirt on it, as this could create a mess when you walk across it. If you follow these steps, you should have no problem placing a living room rug that looks great and hides all of the dirt and dust from your old floors.


Rugs are an essential part of any home’s décor. They can add a lot of warmth and texture to a room and play a significant role in a home’s overall aesthetic appeal. It is essential to choose the right rug for any room in your home; it can be tricky to find the right one for your living room. There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing a rug for your living room.

Dan Mack
Dan Mack
I come from a family of home builders and designers and I inherited the love for it! I write to share my home décor ideas and projects with everyone who needs some inspiration.