How to Pair Furniture with a Luxury Rug

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How to Pair Furniture with a Luxury Rug | FCI London

If you’re planning a brand-new living space and are keen to get every last detail right, you’re going to have to know everything possible about how to pair furniture with a luxury rug.

When it comes to home decor, items like sofas and armchairs are almost always primary points of concern, and rightfully so, because they are usually your focal points. But if you want to unite your ensemble and inject both beauty and dynamism into your space, finding the perfect rug is essential.

Here’s how our top designers do it.

What is the primary purpose of a luxury rug?

Rugs have traditionally been associated with luxury, providing warmth and comfort underfoot.

From a stylistic point of view, people use them not only to anchor their furniture but also to demarcate specific zones in their living spaces. Additionally, you can set the tone and mood in a room, define the perimeters of your conversation area and create a flawless aesthetic.

But to get all of this right, you must ensure that the colours, style, size, pattern and shape of your rug match your room's overall look and feel.


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What to consider when pairing furniture with a luxury rug?

A high-quality rug is an investment piece, so make sure you get the best out of it by matching it perfectly with your furniture. Here are some things to consider to make sure you get this right:


Matching the rug to your furniture begins with size. And while you might think “the bigger, the better”, that isn’t always true.

If a rug is too small it will get lost in your room and if it’s too big it will overpower your space. To avoid this, ensure you accurately measure all furniture that will be resting on it (whether it’s a bed, dining table or sitting room ensemble) to get a clearer idea of the dimensions you need.


Finding the right colour for your rug is a strenuous process, so think about the following:


Deciding on shapes can also be difficult. Ideally, your furniture arrangement influences them. However, just because you have rectangular chairs, doesn’t mean you need a rectangular rug. So if you want to be a little different, change things up by finding a rug shape that complements your furniture layout rather than just emulating it.

Patterns and styles:

Rugs come in all sorts of patterns and styles, from classic, intricately woven offerings to modern ones with bold geometric or floral designs.

Ensure you take into account the rest of your furnishings before you plunge and buy something too busy. If you have a neutral colour scheme, by all means, splash out on something fun and bold, but if you have patterned sofas or bedding, keep your rug plain.

How to Pair Furniture with a Luxury Rug | FCI London
How to Pair Furniture with a Luxury Rug | FCI London



Material plays a major role in your rug selection process. When choosing, ensure you consider your lifestyle, the longevity of the rug and how easy it is to clean and maintain.

To find out more about the pros and cons of all the options, read our in-depth article on what material is best for a floor rug.

Here are some extra tips to help make the rug-matching process seamless:

To make your shopping trip easier, take a photo of your furniture layout with you and enlist the help of an expert if you get stuck. At FCI London, our professional designers are always available to guide your choices.

What are the benefits of an area rug?

Rugs can be layered over both hard-surface flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting. But why are they so popular? Aside from their aesthetic value, they have several benefits that help improve the quality of your lifestyle:

Shop luxury rugs at FCI London

We have a selection of rugs at FCI London to fit your lifestyle. We collaborate closely with renowned brands like Knot & Loop and abstract expressionist Anna Kosa to deliver a delightful array of bespoke alternatives.

To find out more, get in touch today or visit our spectacular showroom, where our team will help you find the rug of your dreams over a glass of bubbly.

Take a peek at some of our gorgeous home transformations on our interiors project page - they will surely inspire an “aha” moment of your own.

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