Neutral Area Rugs: 25 Gorgeous Options For Your Living Room


I’m in the market for a neutral area rug for my living room. Per my normal routine, when I’m in the market for something, my first go-to is my search engine. I typed“area rug” in and very quickly became overwhelmed. I felt like I was the little white ball in a pinball machine – bouncing all around from rug to rug to rug.

How is a girl to choose? I love them all! After an hour of browsing online with no progress, I decided to close the browser, stand up, and take a deep breath. I needed a strategy! With the browser closed I needed to decide exactly what I wanted in my new living room rug – what size do I need, do I go with colorful and bright or neutral color, do I want a statement rug or a backdrop rug, and easy to maintain and keep clean is a definite. Without all the visual stimulation and some calming deep breathing, I was able to articulate to myself exactly what I wanted.

My new area rug should be something in a neutral tone that will ground my living room furniture and help define the space, as opposed to competing for my furniture’s attention. It should be simple and clean with a little bit of texture to add a pop of interest, and it should be durable and easy to maintenance.

Armed with this new set of specifics I went back to my search engine and this time typed“neutral colored living room rugs.” That criteria yielded a lot of results, but I was able to fairly quickly look at images online and make a list. Below you will find the twenty-five rugs that made this first cut. Now I just need to decide which is THE one. Take a look and let me know your favorite. You might just find one for your house!

1. Francis Shaggy Diamond Trellis Rug

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This diamond trellis patterned area rug meets the texture criteria for sure. All that shaggy goodness adds interest and makes this rug look inviting and comfortable.

2. Shanna Shaggy Area Rug


Here is another shaggy rug with a simple lattice pattern. The hues in this rug are white and gray and it comes in two sizes – 5×8 and 8×10.

3. Black & Gray Retro Modern Area Rug

This neutral area rug incorporates gradient hues of black, gray and white in the form of markings that lend a retro-modern vibe. No shag here, but definitely texture and interest.

4 – 5 Vintage Floral Minta Area Rug & Vintage Arlena Area Rug

These two vintage looking rugs are definitely favorites – the Vintage Floral Minta rug and the Vintage Arlene rug. They both have classic floral medallion designs in a soft gray and are faux faded in all the right places making them look perfectly well worn and aged.

6. Neutral Sarina Diamond Area Rug


I like the pattern and look of the Sarina Diamonds Area Rug, but it gets mixed reviews on the coloring with several reviewers indicating that it is more cream and yellowish in person when compared to the online images.

7. Shelly Transitional Tribal Rug


The Shelly Transitional Tribal rug has a creamy white background with a gray geometric pattern. I think this would look great with dark wood accents.

8. Schuyler Cream Scroll Rug


The neutral colored sculptured designs in this rug give it a more lavish feel. A scroll pattern always offers an elegant touch and add dimension.

9. Brushed Bristol Rug

The Brushed Bristol Rug comes in an 8×10 size and a 5×7 size. This one is a little less subtle than I’d like, but it would certainly add interest to your living room.

10. San Bruno Area Rug


The San Bruno is a solid color area rug but is offered in six different colors and six different sizes. It got me thinking about a round rug! It also has twenty-one five-star reviews and comes highly recommended. It just looks so soft!

11. Vintage Odell Rug


The Vintage Odell Rug is another perfectly faded antique looking piece that comes in your choice of ten sizes and three colors. Make sure to check out the light blue version! When I saw that this rug has a whopping 863 five-star reviews, I knew it was a sign!

12. Nayla Loomed Rug


The pattern in the Nayla Loomed Rug caught my eye. It might be a good choice if you want a little splash of color in your rug. It comes in an ivory and blue combination and an ivory and pink combination.

13. Darcy Crosshatch Area Rug


The crosshatch pattern of this rug is interesting and busy, but it would also be the perfect backdrop for a splash of color. It comes in many sizes, including a mammoth 11×15 size and a 10×14 size.

14. Barret Printed Rug


The Barret Printed Rug from Pottery Barn is 100% wool and is considered a “unique piece of art”. I love the random colored medallion design and the overall vintage, warm feel.

15. Yonati Ivory/Gray Area Rug


With almost eleven thousand reviews and a 4.8-star rating, I HAD to check out the Yonati Ivory Area Rug. It did not disappoint. Another floral pattern perfectly faded to add that lived-in charm look to your living room. Yes, please!

16. George Oliver Grantham Ivory Area Rug


Here is another neutral colored plush area rug with a shag pile. The pattern is simple, but the shaggy makes it almost playful. The hand-braided fringe adds interest and texture.

17-18 Warlick & Ranck Traditional Area Rugs

Both the Warlick Cream Area Rug and the Ranck Traditional Rug have that well-worn, vintage look in either light gray or blue accents. One of the product descriptions describes this vintage look as“purposeful distressing.” Oh, I just cannot decide which one I like better! Both come in a variety of sizes also.

19. McKamey Ivory Area Rug


The McKamey Ivory Area Rug is an indoor/outdoor rug, which makes it extremely versatile and pretty much maintenance-free. Its geometric trellis motif makes it easy to blend with any style.

20. Hillsby Charcoal/Light Gray/Beige Area Rug


This area rug by Hillsby will make any living room appear more fashionable. It’s perfect for a family with small children as easy to clean and vacuumed or spot cleaned for effortless upkeep. Pair this rug with a rug pad to prevent shifting and sliding.

21. Zanzibar Bohemian Area Rug


The Zanzibar Bohemian Rug features a 1.8-inch pile, making it a fairly thick floor covering. This rug is another shaggy version with a hand-drawn tribal motif. It would be perfect for a comfy boho-chic living room.

22. Schuykill Hand-Woven Area Rug


This hand-woven ivory rug is timeless and easy to coordinate with any color palette. It has a clean subtle styling and will certainly allow your furniture to take center stage.

23. Cohan Ivory Area Rug


The Cohan Ivory Rug has a clean geometric motif and the purposeful distressing we’ve seen in several rugs on this list. Several reviewers did comment that a rug pad was definitely needed to prevent slipping when placed on hardwood or vinyl flooring.

24. Amelia Area Rug


This rug is perfect for your modern farmhouse décor. It is available in four sizes and is the perfect combination of elegant and practical.

25. Alonza Hand-Tufted Wool Ivory Area Rug

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This beautiful rug is constructed from wool, which is rich with naturally dense properties that easily repels liquid while retaining its shape. It about 0.75″ pile height, making it the perfect pick for adding a plush and cozy feelin your living room.

I hope this list has given you some ideas and inspiration for incorporating neutral-colored rugs into your own living room. I know I have my favorites, and I also have a decision to make! I’d love to hear your favorites! Which one would you buy?

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Natasha is very down to earth and compassionate person that lives for sharing content as it is relates to making your home life a joyous place to be. She loves sharing home decorating tips & tricks, home decor resources, and yummy recipes to enjoy with your family. Additionally she is very passionate about sharing talented writers that is just as passionate about home life, design and decor and simple living with her audience.

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