What Color Persian Rug for Our Living Room?

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Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a new apartment, and we need an area rug for the living room area. We both like the ornate look of a traditional Persian rug, but we disagree on the color. I feel that a lighter color rug — blue/gray/cream — will make the room look larger since the room has darker exposed brick, a dark leather sofa, and gray walls. He wants a more traditional, deep red rug. What do you think would look best in this space?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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