How to Disguise an Ugly Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

When you rent a home, you face limitations in what you can do to personalise your living space -- even if it's ugly. Dealing with decorative nightmares like an ugly carpet is a harsh reality, but don't lose all hope. While you may not be able to remove or replace your hideous floor decor, you can disguise it and minimise how much you see. Plan the room's layout to maximise the amount of carpet you hide, and the underfoot eyesore will remain out of sight and out of mind.

Lay down the biggest area rug possible. To make it blend in with the floor, choose a flat-weave rug as opposed to a more noticeable shag.

Place furniture strategically to cover up unsightly stains or imperfections.

Decorate the room with potted plants. These not only take up floor space, but also draw your eyes up and away from the carpet.

Light the room with adjustable lamps. For example, floor lamps shine light down and up, illuminating ugly carpets. Instead use lamps with adjustable necks that you can point at the wall, artwork or furnishings.


Don't cover a patterned carpet with a patterned area rug -- they will clash and stand out.

Things You'll Need

  • Area rug
  • Furniture
  • Potted plants
  • Adjustable lamps
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Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.