An area rug is instrumental in home decor: it creates comfort and coziness. As far as layout goes, it’s the grounding element anchoring furniture in order to avoid that dreaded “floating” look, where the sofa and chairs feel random and scattered, instead of arranged into a purposeful vignette. An area rug also helps with noise reduction and it’s a fast way to inject colour or mood. And with these budget-friendly picks, you don’t even have to ask for a cash advance to buy one!
Get a headstart on spring with this gorgeous geometric area rug that won’t break the bank. The stylish oversize block design and hues are right on trend and make a fresh statement. Mellie Modern Printed Rug, 5’x7′, Urban Outfitters, $89.
Sometimes a fuzzy shag rug is all you need to bring a room together – though this living room would really come alive with some plants. Regardless, this plush pile looks smart and it’s perfect at hiding dirt. Available in a range of fun colours from electric orange to turquoise. Solid Shag Rug, 5’x7′, Rugs.ca, $99.
Brown furniture can look ho-hum with a safe (read: cream-coloured) rug. Break up the palette with a soft watery blue rug like this easy-to-clean, non-shedding looker. Monaco Rug, 5’x8′, Rugs.ca, $89.
Whether in the living room or bedroom, this deeply saturated area rug is a rich way to bring luxurious colour into a space. Kumasi, 6’x’9, Structube, $89.
Interior designers always use a bit of black as a grounding element – every room looks better with the inky hue. With its trendy pattern, this captivating carpet is an easy way to get in touch with your dark side. Baez Vintage Moroccan Area Rug, 3’3″x4’11”, Wayfair.ca, $56.
Sandy tones and a raised texture are a safe yet stylish choice for your next room re-do. Hometrends Cream Ibiza Rug, 5’3″x7′, Walmart, $100.
OK, so this area rug doesn’t cover lots of surface area, but it would look fabulous layered on a larger rug – or in a super small space. That mustard hue and cheetah motif is oh so spectacular! Cheetah Rug, 2’x3′, Anthropologie, $68.
Concentric tufted rings bring a crisp, cool look to a room. A must for monochromatic fans. Modern Hilo Tufted Rug, 3’x5′, Urban Outfitters, $89.
This lovely rug is made from hand-loomed cotton, which is stonewashed for extra softness. Boundary Rug, 3’x5′, West Elm, $98.
Buying a rug secondhand can be sketchy – moths, anyone? But you can still pick up a character-filled, vintage rug new. Case in point: this traditional beauty. KOWEÏT, 6’x’9, Structube, $89.
All-white rooms benefit from a splash of colour, especially if you’re trying to pull focus to a furniture vignette. With its smudgy vintage vibe, this mesmerizing rug will do the trick. VONSBÄK, 5’7″x7’7″, IKEA, $99.
Chevron and Colour
Bursting with colour this budget-friendly rug is sure to enliven any room in the house. Tuck a rug pad underneath for an extra-cushy feel. Hussain Handwoven Flatweave Magenta Area Rug, 4’x6′, Wayfair.ca, $60.