I mentioned last week that I took an informal class (great Christmas gift from Kae, thank you!) on Interior Design at UT and loved it!
One takeaway from the class was the advice from the instructor to print out all the pieces you're considering for a space and to get samples of textiles/tiles/floor, etc. and to lay it all out and see what works and doesn't work. I don't have a printer so I've been taking pictures and screenshots of items and then grouping them up and zooming into them in preview on my computer.
Below is a little snapshot of some items I already own/been scouring for me and Peter's future living space. Visually seeing all the items together helped me see that a darker rug would nicely anchor the space. Up until now I've only been shopping for neutral rugs since something dark seemed too dramatic. Yet in this process I was reminded that our coffee table is large so it will cover a lot of the rug, so the ends of the rug that will show up will add a nice contrast to the room.