The 12 best small rugs that make a big statement even in a little space

The Livingetc team has chosen the 12 best small rugs which show you can still layer comfort and style into even the tiniest of rooms

DWR, Anthropologie, Ruggable x Morris & Co., Ruggable x Nina Takesh and H&M Home Rugs
(Image credit: DWR, Anthropologie, Ruggable x Morris & Co., Ruggable x Nina Takesh and H&M Home)

Small rugs can still make a big impact. A smaller rug can still be a great way to bring color, texture, and pattern into your room. They are great for layering with larger designs or as a focal point for zones within a space. From petite and punchy bites of color to circles of serenity, small rugs come in many different shapes and sizes. 

To help you find the right rug, you can start by looking at our best rugs feature for expert advice and our favorite finds. If you’re definitely on the hunt for something smaller, discover our exclusive list of rugs below. We’ve searched high and low through the best home décor stores to find these stunning rug designs.

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What rug is best for a narrow room?

A narrow room is a little trickier to design, the challenge for you will be to create the illusion of a wider space. “The main thing to pay attention to is that you maximize the width and maybe make the rug a little shorter so that you don’t accentuate the length. It is fun to have a rug that plays with the length such as a repeating ombre” says rug expert and fiber artist, Rosemary Hallgarten. 

Taking Hallgarten’s advice on board, it’s clear that the rug is just as important as the choice of furniture and lighting when it comes to maximizing the feeling of space in a narrow room. Ombre patterns and larger prints are good choices to emphasize movement within a space. Lighter colors like white, cream, and pink would also work well to refract light and create the illusion of wider walls. 

Writer and design expert Faaizah Shah is the founder of The Interiors Consultancy. She has worked with designers such as Staffan Tollgard and design houses such as Sanderson to help them understand and communicate their narratives. She is known for crafting engaging stories and imaginative content, and understanding great decor from her years alongside some of the best creatives in the industry. She is also a contributor to Livingetc.