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7 Rug Designs That Will Liven Up Your Living Room

Rugs. All to often they’re an afterthought when it comes to interior design. We meticulously plan the colour of a room’s walls, the placement of the furniture, how to dress the windows, where to put the accessories, but rugs rarely barely get a look in. If you’re not giving much consideration, or any for that matter, to the rug you put in your living room, you’re missing out on a grand opportunity. A rug can be a wonderful statement piece, and can add another area of visual interest to a space. The shapes, colours, textures, and patterns they come in are practically endless, so think a bit more about this oft-neglected item next time you’re decorating. To give you some ideas, here are a few examples of rug designs that will liven up your living room.

1. A Simple Rug

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Simplistic, this grey mix rug doesn’t stand out from the rest of the room, but the space would undoubtedly lack something without the contribution of its texture and corresponding tones. It demonstrates that a rug, if it works with the overall decor, doesn’t have to be dramatic to make an impact.

2. A Psychedelic Rug

Colourful rug

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Now here’s something that can be described as dramatic! An otherwise uniform and understated room, the psychedelic rug completely overhauls the space, and in some ways the contrast between the two is even more eye-catching than if the room was filled with colour.

3. A Vintage Rug

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Any rug can pick up a room, and this colourful example does so beautifully. You can imagine how plain and flavourless the space would be without it. The rug has a slightly worn, vintage quality, and looks like it was bought at a flea market – great places to find something unique, but do make sure any rug you buy is cleaned properly.

4. An Overdyed Rug

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This overdyed rug blends perfectly with the hints of blue dotted throughout the space. The overdyed technique involves taking an old rug and bleaching, dyeing, and washing it, which gives it a new colour whilst still maintaining traces of the original pattern underneath. It’s a fantastic way to breathe new life into a rug you have rolled up and hidden away in a cupboard.

5. A Colouful Rug

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Okay, so this rug is undoubtedly ‘out there’, and definitely not for everyone, but if you’re more of the colourful, eccentric type it could be for you. It would fit well into a room already replete with bold colours, or as a statement rug in an otherwise muted space.

6. A Striped Rug

Striped rug

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This stylish rug, with its irregular stripes, really draws the eye and gives the room depth. If equal attention is given to every surface of a room, the results will be far more effective, so don’t neglect your floors! There are various decorating options available for floors, but rugs are a quick and easy way to give them a bit more character.

7. A Patterned Rug



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Bold colours make for an attractive rug, but so to do bold and unusual patterns. This rug, with its splotchy prints, fits in perfectly with the eclectic interior and again shows that every part of a room can, and should, be a reflection of the design style you choose for your living room.

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