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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Kristi Mathis is a writer for the Chaldean News. She has been writing for the site since 2015, and her work has focused on sports, education, and tech.
Her career started in sports journalism when she was 21 years old, but she soon found herself wanting to write about other things. She left sports writing after three years and started working as a reporter at a local newspaper in Detroit, Michigan. After five years there, she decided it was time for a change and applied for a job at Chaldean News.