This Elegant Upgrade Can Transform Your Space in Unexpected Ways

Living room with natural woven rug and blue arm chairs

Courtesy of Amber Interiors

Interior designers will often tell you that the biggest decorating mistake they notice in people's homes is an area rug that is too small for the room. This common decorating mishap is an easy one to make—especially when looking at the exponential price of rugs with regards to their sizes. Thus, a 5-by-8-foot rug for $249 may seem much more enticing than the exact same 8-by-10-foot rug priced at $499, and that's exactly why this decorating faux pas is so common.

If you think you may be making this mistake in your own space, a rug upgrade has the potential to seriously transform your space for the better. And if you're concerned about finding a rug that will last you a long time and move with you through multiple décor iterations, consider a neutral rug. Flatweave dark rugs are typically hard-wearing and have the ability to hide scuffs and stains, while a lighter rug has the power to lighten up a dark room. Ready to make the upgrade? We rounded up our favorite neutral rugs on the market right now.

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Desert-Inspired and Hand-Knotted

Serena & Lily Carmel Hand-Knotted Rug
Serena & Lily Carmel Hand-Knotted Rug, 8' x 10' $2,998.00

Add an air of sophistication to your space with this rich Carmel hand-knotted rug from Serena & Lily. This smooth handcrafted Persian-knot rug brings a dash of desert-inspired style to the floor while retaining a classic elegance.  

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Understated Flatweave

TRNK Mia Handwoven Rug
TRNK Mia Handwoven Rug, 5'7" x 7'10" $2,220.00

This rich chocolate brown dhurrie will add an understated yet sophisticated flair to any room. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, this Indian flat-weave rug is woven in three panels and joined together using unique stitch patterns.

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Subtle Shine

West Elm Lucent Rug
West Elm Lucent Rug, 8' x 10' $1,000.00

West Elm's Lucent rug collection will give your floors a subtle shine that can elevate the look of any room. It's available in a variety of colorways from ivory to grapefruit pink.

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Moroccan Vintage

Jayson Home Vintage Moroccan Blanket
Jayson Home Vintage Moroccan Blanket $1,195.00

If you're on the hunt for a vintage rug, Jayson Home has some of the best ones on the market. Proof: This low-pile brown-striped Moroccan vintage rug, which would add a rugged sophisticated flair to any space.

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Artsy Watercolor

Nani Marquina Watercolor Rug
Nani Marquina Watercolor Rug $6,959.00

This beautiful watercolor rug from Note Design Studio is a veritable work of art. The design of the rug began with observing patterns of color found on birds’ eggs and was scaled up to the abstract patterns featured on this tufted wool rug.

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Versatile Dhurrie

Serena & Lily Indio Dhurrie
Serena & Lily Indio Dhurrie, 11' X 14' $1,998.00

This traditional dhurrie flatweave's beautiful gold tone would do wonders to any style room, from country traditional to midcentury desert modern. With its casual ease, it’s just the right backdrop for a perfectly relaxed room.

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Geometric Flatweave

CB2 Eaton Ivory Geometric Rug
CB2 Eaton Ivory Geometric Rug, 8' x 10' $499.00

This CB2 flatweave will lighten up your space while still providing geometric interest. Woven on a traditional Punja loom, it's a low-maintenance and eye-catching rug at once.

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Striped Seagrass

IKEA Soderup Rug
IKEA Soderup Rug $30.00

At only $30, this IKEA striped seagrass rug is pretty tempting. Just add it to a long hallway or a kitchen to give the space depth and texture.

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Harmonious Monochrome

Lumini Rug
West Elm Lumini Rug, 8' x 10' $800.00

If you can brave having a solid white rug in your home, this Bower option from West Elm is both dynamic and harmonious with its minimal, monochrome geometric shapes.

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Sisal Remix

Serena & Lily Tulum Rug
Serena & Lily Tulum Rug, 8' x 10' $698.00

This versatile twist on a traditional sisal from Serena & Lily is both practical and beautiful. Use it as a canvas for layering an antique rug or accessorizing with more color and pattern.