A good rug really ties the room together, reflecting the furniture, wall art, and decorative accents around it. It sets the primary tone for a space: cozy, artsy, sophisticated, or playful. The combination of color, texture, and pattern creates a visual instrument commanding as much attention as a big piece of furniture, like a sofa or a bed frame, but standing under an inch tall (well, most of the time).
Rugs are also notoriously expensive, especially when you're talking heirloom quality, but it is possible to get big impact for little coin. All eight of the styles here are under $500, including area rugs as big as 9’ by 12’.
9’ x 12’ Opalhouse Glastonbury Trellis Rug
Target | $374.99
This is a pretty and more subtle take on the ever-popular quatrefoil rug lstyle. Bridging modern and traditional sensibilities, the design comes in three easy-to-work-with hues: cream, pink, and gray.
7’6” x 9’6” Bungalow Tri Area Rug
Wayfair | $239.99
This rug from the Novogratz collection for rug manufacturer Momeni highlights triangular motifs in an earthy, retro color scheme. It can make a fun, playful statement piece in your living room or bedroom.
8’ x 10’ Strip Rag Rug
Urban Outfitters | $229
This woven cotton rug comes rag rug comes in neutral hues—white, gray, and black—and a variety of sizes, so it’s easy to put this one wherever you want.
8’ x 10’ Gradient Rug
CB2 | $399
Inspired by traditional Peruvian rugs, this handwoven wool flatweave is vibrant but under control. It will brighten up any room.
5’ x 8’ Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Rug
World Market | $249.99
The muted palette of this eco-friendly indoor/outdoor rug (it’s made from recycled plastic bottles) reins in the busy, asymmetrical pattern, giving high-traffic spaces just the right dose of quirk.
7'6" x 10'6" Aberdine Area Rug
Houzz | $399.60
This gorgeous pale blue and green palette could make it work as a statement rug or to match similar colored furniture.
5’ x 8’ Peoples Blue Area Rug
AllModern | $114.99
Whether interpreted as marbled, oceanic, or topographical, this is a certified statement rug. Think modern beach house, or show-stopping bedroom.
5’ x 7’ Stone & Beam Traditional Opulence Rug
Amazon | $125.10
Fresh from Amazon’s in-house home brand Stone & Beam, this timeless and festive rug features a medallion pattern, geometric border, and fringed finish.
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