I’ll be sharing our little living room refresh very soon- we did some furniture swapping around the house and office this month and it has me quite pleased! Two new swivel chairs and a BLUE sofa later, resulted in me hunting for an updated area rug because our formal living room was starting to look like a big blueberry there for a minute (and not in a cool kind of way). At one point we had our navy area rug, the new blue sofa, and our existing blue swivel chairs. Yikes! I’m happy to report I have found an amazing rug that I really love (and it’s holding up well to the dogs), so I figured my hours of scouring the internet were worth sharing. I saved 20 neutral rugs and considered all of them for the space. Click through to see my options and which one I eventually landed on. I’m sharing some close up shots of the living room, so I don’t give away our beautiful new furniture quite yet, but you can definitely get a good sneak peek. Neutral rugs are such an easy investment because they go with everything and can evolve with your aesthetic, as it changes over time. They’re easy to layer, are always in style, and disguise dirt and debris.
My criteria for the living room rug was pretty simple. I was looking for the following:
- low pile
- durability (because we have dogs- and this room sees a lot of foot & paw traffic)
- neutral color palette (specifically in the tan family)
- nice texture
I spent way too many hours trying to find the right rug, but it led me to LOTS of incredible options (that I’m sharing in this post). I even pulled vintage rugs from our shop, but none were the right size for the space. Eventually I landed on this geometric bamboo rug, and I’m very happy with the end result. Ready to see the other contenders?
The following rugs range in price from budget-friendly options to luxury, higher-end options. They’re all beautiful, neutral, durable, and would easily define a space while adding texture.
Click directly on the area rugs to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: kadira rug // 02: tulum rug // 03: dove rug // 04: woven bamboo rug // 05: handwoven jute rug // 06: eco rug // 07: dots area rug // 08: modern rug // 09: natural jute rug // 10: khloe rug // 11: camel rug // 12: geometric rug // 13: wavy rug // 14: neutral tones rug // 15: freya rug // 16: carson rug // 17: seagrass rug // 18: girona rug // 19: ita rug // 20: viscose rug
I really like these durable, neutral, and natural area rugs because they’re versatile and incredibly functional. In our previous laundry room (pictured below), we had a rug custom cut and despite the fact that the dogs went in out from our backyard through this space– it held up beautifully and wasn’t too busy for the space.
This color palette is also quite forgiving and hides dirt and debris like a champ. That medium neutral is really great at disguising imperfections and wears nicely, in my experience.
These type of rugs make an amazing foundation piece for layering and styling other more colorful or heavily patterned rugs in a room. If I’m going to layer a vintage rug- this is the type of rug I’d install underneath it. I’m hoping to do more of that in our home as renovations unfold! In the meantime, I’m enjoying our newest neutral rug in the living room. I’m looking forward to showing you the entire space with the updates we’ve made.
I’d be happy to answer any rug questions you may have! I’d also love to hear which rug from the roundup was your favorite? Did you like the one I selected for our space, or would you have picked a different option? Happy Tuesday, friends!