Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 picks for Neutral Rugs

Looking for a new rug?  Need something neutral to provide a good base for a room or for your entry?  A neutral rug will help to ground a room and will help to differentiate spaces within a room (like separating a seating area from a dining area in a long room).

Look for rugs with neutral colors like grays and beiges with classic patterns like quatrefoil, diamonds, etc.  Tone-on-tone rugs also provide great visual texture without the distraction of competing colors or patterns.   I prefer the look and feel of wool rugs.  They are durable and plush to the touch, provide dense pile that is soft under foot and in general will last the test time longer than synthetic rugs.  If you go for hand-tufted or hand-woven rug, you can expect to pay a little more.  Here are my top picks for neutral rugs.

Capel Arrondelle Baroque Parchment Rug from Layla Grace 5x8 100% wool - $498

Luna Moroccan Trellis Beige Rug from Overstock.com 5x8 100% wool  - $161

Safari Rug from West Elm 5x8 100% wool  - $249 
I know what you're saying...animal print???  Don't be intimidated by the animal pattern, the soft gray and ivory make this rug a fun neutral option.

Morocco I Taupe Area Rug from Home Decorators Collection 5x8 100% wool - $269

Candice Olsen Cocoa Carved Area Rug from Overstock.com 5x8 100% wool - $374

When ordering a rug online, be aware of any additional charges for shipping for an over sized item.  Also, look into their return policy in case you don't like the rug once it gets into your home. 

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