11 Modern Rug Ideas to Revive Your Living Room

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When you look around to change your home décor, generally, your eyes go up straight to your walls. The irony is you think that only a new color on your wall can make your home lively. But the truth is, even the rugs on your floors can make an impact on your space. This “unsung hero” can soften the mood of any room while adding hues and textures.

No doubt, there is an endless number of patterns, designs, colors, and materials. And finding the right one for your space may seem to be impossible. Still, the hunt is worth it as once you find the one for your rooms, then it will bring a broad smile on your face.

To lessen some of your stress, we’ve jotted down 11 unique modern rug ideas as well as five tips to choose the best one for your living room.

1. Feel adventurous with a graphic rug

We always try to play safe when it comes to our living room décor.

Traditionally, art is known to go on the wall. But at this age, you can place a graphic modern rug and feel a little adventurous. The striking lines have now become the artwork of the floors too. They offer you the gallery-like feel to your space.

Graphic rug in living room
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You can choose from sweeping abstract strokes to bold geometric patterns. However, you can be a bit more experimental and consider irregular line design rugs. Whatever may be the case, do not forget to match the color with your other items of the living room.

2. Give a makeover through boho rug

Are you looking for an easy way to add life to your rental apartment without picking up a paintbrush? Then choose a boho rug, pair it with your sofa (colorful velvet will be the best), and your living room is ready for welcoming your guests. Bohemian style rugs are full of artistic and busy patterns and express a wanderlust vibe with its global-inspired designs.

Boho rug in living room colorful - NB
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There aren’t any rules for decorating with them so you can layer it with mixed styles. You may consider pairing African mud cloth, batik style, and even geometric throw pillows with boho rug. They’ll often be playful and a bit romantic at the same time.

Boho rug in living room contemporary - NB
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3. The best way to incorporate mid-century modern style

If you don’t know why the sleek and timeless style is still having a moment, then try it out. The key to incorporate this look is understanding its history and creating an effortlessly modern mix. Amongst all the shades, muted colors and pastels work well.

Mid-century modern rug in living room (muted)
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In some décor styles, area rugs can be the perfect match for your vibrant surroundings. So, hunt for a bold pattern rug to add vibrant colors. Many designers love the muted graphic print in the living room as it highlights attractive furniture and other accessories.

Mid-century modern rug in living room (vibrant)
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4. Freeze your guests’ eyes with shag rug

As the name suggests, shag rugs are a kind that looks quite textural and messy. Well, they may seem frizzy, but they are also beautiful. There are several colors, patterns, and textures of these modern rugs, and you’ll have limitless beauty. The one aspect that makes it unique is its soft and comfortable nature. They come in wool, leather, polyester, faux, fur, acyclic, and even polypropylene.

Shag run in living room
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If you’ve small kids, then it would be an ideal choice as due to their softness, it will allow them to crawl well. But you have to be cautious when it comes to choosing a pet-friendly rug.

5. Create a blue-sea vibe with the calm blue rug

Who doesn’t like to relax under a shimmery sky with coastal vibes? Well, now, it may be tough to visit beaches due to the COVID-19 crisis. But you can create this atmosphere in your living room by adding ocean blue rugs with a few accessories.

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You can opt for an airy rug in a light neutral color, such as beige, grey, or white. In addition to this, soft stripes or floral prints can provide the perfect pattern for your living room makeover. On one side, your whitewashed walls will meet exposed beams, while on another side, your floors will retreat you with blue-sea vibes.

Ocean-blue rug in living room 2
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6. Break the stereotype of striped rug

The striped rug adds instant sophistication to any space. Though it acts trippy sometimes, it lends some edge and newness to the classic stripe motif. In addition to this, the broken stripe, which wouldn’t line up perfectly, has emerged to be cool. If you want to add more drama to your room, then black and white stripe is a gusty choice (especially on a rustic style).

Striped rug in living room
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Generally, people go crazy with the uneven stripes, but the fact is that it is a subtle take on the trend. Additionally, it will add a fresh and modern feel to your space.

7. Gain some freedom with grey pattern rug

There’s no denying to the fact that grey is a neutral color that goes with about anything. Apart from this, you’ll also find gold accents everywhere now. The subtle mix of grey and gold is the ideal choice if you are considering to freshen up of your interiors. On one side, grey will make you feel dramatic, while on another side, gold will add glamour to your interiors.

Grey patterned rug in living room 1
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So, grey patterned modern rugs will suit well to your gold background. You can use these hues in a more understated way to deliver a timeless and refined interior.

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8. Add a contemporary twist with the traditional rug

The incorporation of one single style can make your living room outdated and tiring. On the other side, mixing up styles create a home that is inviting and fascinating. You can easily decorate your living room with a traditional rug to get a modern vibe. The traditional rugs are modern-day representations of time-honored European and Asian patterns. They’ve complex, intricate patterns and feature central medallions or shapes.

Traditional rug in living room 1
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Ultra-fine variations from your style can make your living room more intriguing. Therefore, look for contemporary patterns in traditional colors and surprise your guests.

Traditional rug in modern living room 2
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9. Style your space with a cowhide rug

Cowhide rugs are high in designs as they are in controversy. They offer textural additions to your living room that cannot be duplicated by any other modern rugs. With different hues of black, white, and brown, they’ll fit in almost any room, making it unimaginably beautiful. Animal lovers, they are safe to use and made of by-products of animals that are used for other purposes also.

Modern cowhide run in living room (Brown)
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Choosing the right modern rug for your space can create a unified yet unique look. With this cowhide rug, you are going to be the “talk of the town” for years as it also comes with longevity.

Modern cowhide run in living room (B&W)
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10. Be classy with the splashy rug

If your living room has gone on a mute mode, then add a splashy rug to give your space some life. The large, hand-knotted rug will add a pop of color to your room. Rugs laid down with brilliant blue shades can bring in color into your monochromatic room. With that, pink chairs and dining table would look like a vintage.

Splashy run in modern living room
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You can even take up a traditional design and end up with a contemporary looking rug that fits perfectly in your living area. Or else, feature a Moroccan inspired lantern pattern with a beautiful waterfall of blue tones to brighten up your living space.

11. Unify your room with the vintage rug

If you love all things in neutral, then you’ll fall for this vintage rug, featuring ivory, brown, and peach accents. It would be a great addition to your living space and master bedroom. You can even add a bit of color with natural, beige, and navy hues. They’ll be a perfect pair for your big living room.

Vintage rug in modern living room 2
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As they are the antique pieces, it will create a balanced design and make you feel timeless, lived in, and cozy. From colorful to neutral shades, these rugs are one-of-a-kind of an item that can pass down your guests for years to come.

Vintage rug in modern living room 1
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After taking a tour of the best ideas, we are sure you must have chosen the one for your space. If not, then we’ve also come up with five tips to help you shortlist the one. So, continue reading!

5 tips for choosing a new living room rug

  • Size: Hunt for the rug only after determining the right scale of your space.
  • Color: Your space will look best if it has at least two of your accent colors but make sure it fits well with other furniture and accessories.
  • Comfort: Whatever style or color you choose, your rugs should give comfort to your feet, which is more important than look.
  • Care: When picking up the right one, check the cleanliness and maintenance of the material. You wouldn’t want to buy something that you can’t keep for a longer time.
  • Style: The best thing is, there are various styles as well as designs for modern rugs but opt for the one which matches your lifestyle and needs. Following the trend is one thing, but personal satisfaction comes first while decorating YOUR space.

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Wrapping up…

Life is too short to skip the fun.

Let your comfort meet affordability.

That seems to be a theme gaining momentum, but the crux is your budget. Therefore, no matter what type of rug you choose for your space, it should also match your finance. However, the above ideas and tips will simplify your job as they are quite affordable. Consider it to pick up the best style and color for your space and let your comfort meet affordability.

As a professional writer and blogger, Mike Morleye shares his experiences and knowledge on diverse topics through writing. He always aims to provide information in a readable, understandable, and appealing way. In his personal life, he is a home design enthusiast and loves to explore different ideas.

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  1. Hi Jaxon,
    Great Post. I have been looking something like this for my living room. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

  2. I agree that the excellent choice that has a big impact to upgrade your living is to put a rug on it. It’s always best to find the best carpet that can be good for a living room.
    Love your ideas and thank you for sharing it.

  3. Hey Jaxon,

    Really great post! I took some inspiration from here when writing a recent post on Black and White rugs.

    Thanks for the insights!


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  5. 1. Feel adventurous with a graphic rug

    Where can I buy the graphic modern rug as illustrated?

    1. If you’re living in North America, Amazon or Wayfair could be a better option to check out different designs. Then you can do a little web search to find the best prices online.

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