Today, we are excited to share another installment of our popular Splurge + Save series with the best living room rugs. Finding the perfect rug for your living room is easier than you think!
This shopping guide has something for everyone with over 15 rugs in the budget-friendly and splurge categories.
We’ve included a variety of colors, materials, and designs, and the answers to common questions that will ensure you purchase the best rug for you!
Related: Best Coffee Tables (Splurge + Save), Best Dressers (Splurge + Save) and Full Length Mirrors (Splurge + Save).
How to Choose a Living Room Rug:
Before we dive into the best living room rugs, here are some basic guidelines when shopping for one:
- Material: The most used fabrics for living room rugs are jute, synthetic fibers, and wool. These materials are great for high-traffic areas and easier to clean.
- Size: The most popular living room rug size is 9×12, but this measurement really depends on the size your room and the furniture you have in it. Be sure to measure your space first.
- Color: Lighter rugs can make a room appear larger, while darker rugs can make a space feel more cozy and intimate.
Do I Need to Buy a Rug Pad?
We recommend purchasing a rug pad to go with your new living room rug. There are budget options that prevent slipping and pads like this that also provide support and cushioning. A pad will also keep your rug from damaging the floor underneath.
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Splurge Living Room Rugs:
Elsie has been using the Lisbon rug for three years and it’s held up beautifully. It’s comfortable, easy to clean, and so unique compared to to other rug designs. You can see how she styled it in her green living room tour.
This Loloi rug has a gorgeous Persian print inspired by authentic antique textiles. The premium blend of fibers make it both durable and soft, and it’s available in three colors.
One reviewer said, “Exactly what I was looking for and the quality is great. I’m remodeling a 1950s cabin and wanted a look that didn’t scream new build.”
Souk Wool Rug
When we think of a classic and dependable area rug, the Souk rug makes the list every time.
It has a minimal, neutral pattern that goes with virtually any living room, and it has amazing texture and thick tassels. This rug is available in three colors and a machine washable version.
Serena & Lily
Woven Jute Rug
You can’t go wrong with a natural jute rug. This Serena & Lily rug has a two-toned diamond pattern that would add warmth and texture to a living room. This rug is woven with natural and bleached fibers, and it’s a great neutral for a colorful space.
Colorful Tufted Rug
If your living room needs something bold and colorful, this tufted rug is a perfect choice. It’s suitable for high-traffic areas, and like most Anthropologie rugs, has so much character!
One reviewer said, “This rug is absolutely perfect. I love the playful shapes and colors, it’s soft and easy to clean, and stands up well to my cat scratching.”
This ivory wool rug has extra detail with small squares throughout. Although it’s in the “splurge” category, it’s the most affordable on the list. This rug is a timeless choice for any living room, and the rug that Elsie has in her pink house.
One reviewer said, “It really ties everything together and makes our place feel homey. I’m impressed by the quality and price.”
Blush Textured Rug
This beautiful rug has a two-toned blush and beige medallion design with an antique feel. It’s made from plush premium wool and viscose for a subtle sheen. If you love this pattern, it’s also available in blue and grey.
One reviewer said, “This rug is well made. The color is more on the tan side than the pink side. We love it!”
Ivory Cowhide Rug
Cowhide rugs are easy to clean and maintain due to their durability and handmade construction. This rug (available in two colors) has incredible dimension and the unique design would be fun for a living room or den (like Elsie’s).
One reviewer said, “The color is a mix of white, off-white and ivory, so it works with a lot of things. It’s well worth the price!”
Now, for the save category—there are so many great rugs to choose from!
Budget Living Room Rugs:
Diamond Pattern Rug
This best-selling shag rug reminds us of a bolder version of the Souk rug from West Elm. It’s a non-shedding rug that’s easy to take care of—especially in high-traffic areas. This rug is available in 14 colors and has over 10K reviews!
One reviewer said, “Love this rug! Was looking for something durable and nice to look at. This will be perfect since I have 3 kids.”
Fringed Medallion Rug
If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired rug, this fringed medallion design is a great option. It’s made to withstand high-traffic areas like a living room, and it’s super soft to walk on. This popular rug is available in 11 color combinations.
One reviewer said, “Amazing colors, super soft, and it looks way more expensive than it is.”
Woven Jute Rug
Jute rugs are sustainable and affordable. Elsie swears by this rug and has used it time and time again in her home. This neutral color goes with everything, and this rug is available in 11 versatile colors.
One reviewer said, “This jute rug is not only beautiful, but it’s very soft on your feet. It lays perfectly with no wrinkles.”
Woven Arches Rug
This striped arched rug adds a fun vibe to a room, and it’s a fraction of the price of the Arches rug from Lulu & Georgia. The fabric is stain-resistant (so it’s perfect if you have pets or kids at home) and it’s available in two colors.
One reviewer said, “Amazing and well made. I fell in love with this rug online but it’s more beautiful in person.”
Wool Terrazzo Rug
Laura has this terrazzo rug in her pink living room. We love the vintage-inspired pattern and the dusty pink color is fresh and fun. This rug is also available in ivory and navy blue.
One reviewer said, “It’s gorgeous. There are metallic threads in it, which you can’t see from the pictures. And this size of rug for the price is incredible.”
Woven Jute Rug
We love supporting Etsy sellers, and Dhurrie World is one of Elsie’s favorite shops to buy rugs from. This scalloped jute rug is handcrafted in India and would add a unique touch to any living room. Plus, it’s extremely affordable with free shipping.
One reviewer said, “The cutest rug ever. It was a leap of faith to order knowing it was coming from so far, but the quality is excellent and shipping was quick.”
Geometric Shag Rug
The Opalhouse line at Target is known for its cute and affordable decor, and this geometric shag rug does not disappoint. It has an eclectic mix of colors and a detailed, vintage design.
One reviewer said, “We bought it for our apartment and it is perfect. It’s very soft, easily vacuumed, and holds up well even with a toddler and a 5-year-old.”
Plush Moroccan Rug
This cute rug is machine woven for long lasting durability and no shedding. It’s also stain-resistant (a huge plus!) and has a Moroccan design, making it very versatile. This rug is available in nine colors.
One reviewer said, “The price is incredible and it definitely matches the quality. It ties my living room together, it’s easy to vacuum, and looks great!”
Links: Colorful Tufted Rug / Lisbon Rug / Woven Jute Rug / Souk Wool Rug / Blush Textured Rug / Cowhide Rug / Persian Rug / Checkered Rug
Links: Diamond Pattern Rug / Fringed Medallion Rug / Woven Jute Rug / Wool Terazzo Rug / Woven Arches Rug / Geometric Shag Rug / Scalloped Jute Rug / Plush Moroccan Rug
Love this series, please keep it coming 🙂
For those looking for more options in the save category, I’ve had a lot of success recently with rugs from Houzz!
Would love to know the paint color you used on the built in!! Beautiful all of it!