I am on the hunt for a new rug for our living room. It seems almost unnecessary to add a rug to our living room as our enormous couch covers most of this area. We also need to leave a pathway through our living room to our patio door. Yes, everything in our small space is a compromise of sorts, as every room does double or triple duty. Our living room opens onto our patio, so a rug that covers that walkway risks getting very dirty. At the east end of our living room, the murphy bed determines the furthest distance the couch can go, and likewise the rug. Thus, we are left with approximately a 6' x 9' rectangle and you really only see a 1' x 9' strip and a few feet between the two parts of the sectional. Regardless of these tricky dimensions, I find a rug invaluable for adding texture, colour and warmth (especially during fall and winter). And I say colour with my tongue in cheek as I lean heavily towards neutrals.
The debate I always have is how much to spend on a rug. Everyone with kids knows your rug is always at risk, but I think I can find a balance of style and quality without having a heart attack every time a kid (or me) knocks over my wine.
With all that said here is my roundup of rug picks: Thanks also for your helpful tips on my Instagram!