by The Rug Truck July 01, 2020 3 min read

Author: Carly Daniele 

Choosing the right rug for your living room may seem like an daunting feat, but it doesn't have to be! Introducing an area rug into your space is a fun way to express your personal style, bring a new level of comfort to your room, and pull all of your favorite pieces of furniture and accessories together into one cohesive look! If you have been thinking about getting an area rug for your living room but don't know where to start, read on to explore our tips and tricks to help your shopping experience be as smooth as possible!

Table of Contents

1. Take Our Style and Size Quiz!

2. The Next Step

3. The Nitty Gritty - Don't Stress!


For an inspirational place to begin, take our area rug style quiz to determine what kind of decorating style you prefer. 

Once you've gotten your results, refer to our size quiz to determine which size you need. 

So, Now what?

Now that you have your style and size, you can filter your style by size to populate which rugs come in the size you need.

On every page, we offer a drop down menu that will allow you to filter size and style!

The Nitty Gritty - Don't Stress!

Next, you will want to determine which colors you want in your rug.

  • If you are decorating your room from scratch, you have the luxury of choosing any rug you like without the limitations of competing colors or patterns in your room. In this case, we recommend finding a rug that speaks to you, such as a piece of art would. An area rug can serve as the inspirational piece that the rest of the room is designed around.
  • If you are replacing an old area rug with a new one and do not plan to change your existing decor, it is a good idea to incorporate the area rug's colors into the textiles you already have. To make it simple, pick your favorite color that you already have in your room and filter your area rug choices by that color. It is a good idea to limit the number of colors you have in your existing textiles and your new rug. For example, if your sofa is entirely blue, getting a solid blue area rug may look excessive. Instead, opt for a rug that has touches of blue in it to accent the sofa.

A blue sofa bed is shown with a mostly beige area rug that has touches of blue in it. Surrounding the sofa is a beige table, brown sitting chairs, and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

Narrow your choices down to three options and review the area rug's materials and construction. Read the descriptions carefully to make sure the maintenance of each rug fits your lifestyle. For example, if you added a new puppy to your family, a white shag rug is probably not the best choice! Review your choices with your partner or your friends, and take a couple of days to weigh your options to make sure it's the one you really want. 

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If you are ever in doubt, you can always reach out to our expert team for advice! We love helping our customers find the right rug that they will cherish. Feel free to email any questions to