Ask Estee: Affordable Area Rugs

promo Q: What are your favorite sources for affordable area rugs? Area rugs are such a great way to warm up a room and give it some personality. They can often carry a hefty price tag but there are so many terrific online sources for affordable area rugs to choose from nowadays.
What to Buy: I love Crate and Barrel's current selection of rugs that come in a great variety of colors and sizes. My favorite right now is the Olin Rug in grey and white stripe. I recently used it in a client's living room and it is the perfect mix of comfy and contemporary. Crate and Barrel also has the Jasper Rug, which I'm looking forward to using in a children's playroom that I'm currently working on. Another great site for affordable floor coverings is CB2. They always carry a great variety of sizes and colors that lend themselves to a more contemporary design aesthetic. Keep in Mind: One thing to remember when purchasing a rug for your room is to consider what kind of traffic it will have to endure. If it's a high traffic area, such as an entryway or mudroom, try to choose a darker tone or a heavier weave option that's built to withstand wear and tear.   estee-signature-layout Photograph: Courtesy of Jeffrey Allan Marks