An area rug serves as the foundation for a space, and if you want something that gives you a blank canvas to work off of a neutral rug’s your best bet—not too bright, not too patterned. Because let’s be honest, the options for a rug are endless. That’s not even taking into account the pressure to actually decorate a room beginning with the area rug, which means you really have to love it before hitting “add to cart” because the rest of your furnishings will depend on it.
With this common dilemma in mind, we tracked down 17 area rugs that will ground your furniture without competing with it while also adding warmth and texture to a room and your home decor. Most importantly, they won’t burn a hole through your wallet. We chose neutral rug options at a range of price points, but most are below $600. Though inexpensive, these timeless styles can easily follow you from home to home.
Prices reflect a 6×9 rug size whenever applicable, but most of these rugs have many different sizes to choose from.
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Emelie Mata has been a journalist for 15 years, and she's been writing about home and garden news for the last five. She loves her job because it gives her an opportunity to share tips with other people who are trying to improve their homes, and she finds that the best part of writing home and garden news is getting to meet the people who read it.