When contemplating rug ideas, a helpful place to begin is whether your rug has a clearly defined function as this will inform the scale of your rug, the look of it and the feel. For instance, you might ask yourself, is my room appearing flat? In which case, your rug’s primary role may be to introduce texture in a bigger way.
Shaggy rugs for a living room, be they looped pile, fluffy sheepskins or luxuriously dense, long pile designs will, in the blink of an eye, make your room feel much more interesting and varied.
Or, you may decide your rug is to serve as your key provider of pattern. If your walls are painted in a smooth, consistent manner and your upholstery is in a plain fabric, then a rug offers you the opportunity to invite in any sort of pattern. Think of it as a blank canvas in your living room, waiting to be filled with graphic, contemporary shapes, elaborate damask swirls, or even a majestic Persian-style weave.
Another function that a rug may fulfil is one of softness. Hardwood flooring instead of carpets, shutters instead of curtains, sculptures over artwork, and sharp-lined furniture over rounded counters can all combine to imbue a level of coldness. Adding a textile to the floor counteracts this. Soft rugs or thick rugs aren’t the only option here. Even thin or coarse jute rugs will achieve the same counterbalancing effect.