Our Favorite Area Rugs (All Under $350)

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

Rugs! I love them so. Part of why I’m so drawn to hardwood flooring is because of the rug factor. If it were up to me and I had endless funds to make this a reality, our house would be all hardwood, all the time. Rugs would be everywhere, being so chic and interesting underfoot — not to mention adding a cozy element to the room, which is nice now that the nights are cooling off. (Don’t despair if you’re renting and are trapped in a hideous carpet prison; you can totally put an area rug over carpet, too. I’m just telling you about my imaginary life in which I can change my floors willy-nilly.)

I speak of endless funds in my hardwood fantasy because not only is the flooring itself kind of pricey, but rugs are the same way. We bought a couple of them for this house and because one of them was a giant 8′x10′, I had to wait around for stuff to go on sale. (Which ended up being fine because I love you forever, striped rug.) Most folks don’t need one that big, so today I did a little poking around the interwebs and found some fabulous 5′x8′ options for under $ 350 — and that’s on the high side; several of them are under $ 200.

To illustrate how delightful an area rug can be, take a gander at this living room:

area rug example

Now imagine how it would look if the rug weren’t there. Still great, obviously, but I think it acts like a connecting thread for a lot of the colorful accents in the room. It just makes the space feel complete.

Are you an area rug fan? Which of these is your favorite? Have you ever done the area-rug-over-carpet trick? – Paige

Thanks Paige for this seriously gorgeous rug round-up.  (Now if I could just stop obsessing over #2 and focus on my work for the day. Sigh.) In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit), blogs over at Little Nostalgia, and also just released a new line of beautiful pillow covers. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

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