It's well known in the décor world: One of the quickest and easiest ways to transform a room is by adding a large area rug. You can make your floors even more dramatic simply by layering a colorful or textural rug on top. The right rug can hide ugly floors and make a space look cozier and more finished. But picking the best area rug for a living room is no easy task.
One of the mistakes people often make, especially in the living room, is choosing a rug that's too small for the space. Ideally, all the furniture should sit comfortably on the rug, but at the very least, the front legs of the sofas and chairs should sit on the rug. To make your hunt for the best area rug a little easier, we rounded up our favorite ones for all budgets from some of our go-to retailers.
The Best Area Rugs
A Safavieh rug is about affordable as it comes—but they're so stylish. We love this chevron-print rug if you're looking for something neutral that still makes a statement.
Handwoven from natural fibers, this rug has an organic feel and a subtle pattern that's not overpowering.
This Rothko-esque living room rug by Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius will warm up any space with its rusty red tones.
This West Elm Rug is made of a durable mix of wool and jute, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas or kid-and pet-friendly living rooms.
One of our favorite IKEA rugs comes in a generous 8' x 12' size—ideal to make a bold statement in a large living room.
This silky smooth, hand-knotted fair trade rug is made of viscose and wool to give it a rich finish. It's a minimalist's ideal rug, with just enough texture to make it warm and interesting.
This Williams Sonoma hand knotted rug utilizes a classic ikat motif from Uzbekistan. The blue tones give it subtle depth.
The soft tone-on-tone patterns of this neutral Serena & Lily Persian knot rug make it a great base for a warm neutral living room.
Hardwearing and affordable, this jute rug is ideal for young families or people with pets. The dark color hides imperfections, while the jute is resistant to scuffs and scratches.
This watercolor rug from Note Design Studio in Stockholm has a beautiful multifaceted texture that provides just enough visual interest without being overpowering.
There is nothing like a washed-out vintage Oushak rug to give a room an understated luxe look. Though they are on the pricier side, they are long-lasting, and will stand the test of time.
You can always count on Anthropologie for gorgeous area rugs. This one has an abstract pattern that creates visual interest, but the blue-gray hue feels calming.
West Elm's Lucent rug collection has a silky smooth finish and a subtle shine that makes it look expensive and luxe without the price tag. It's available in a few different color options, so you can find something that suits your space.
This Serena & Lily rug has the look and feel of a traditional dhurrie. It's just the right canvas for a relaxed room.