This is a great traditional scheme with the off whites, footstool and tartan accessories. I LOVE the footstool idea Fran, think you'd get a lot of use out of it and you could choose a great plaid fabric
This is a nice-looking living room with smaller rug. Perhaps the key is to frame the rug with sofas / sofa and armchair combo / sofa and the window. And another trick is to fill up the room so the size doesn't look awkward.