The Best Area Rugs

By Sheryl Grassie

Are you looking to dress up a space in your house or make your bedroom cozier? Area rugs add warmth, comfort, and beauty to your home. Check out our top picks for some really lovely accent rugs.

Why do You Need an Area Rug?

Why are area rugs so popular and why do you need one? Area rugs appeal to people for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that they feel good under your feet. They meet a need for warmth and comfort, as well as looking good and giving your space a finished touch. They also contain dirt and dust on hard surface floors.

Warmth and Comfort

The main reason people started using rugs on floors was to add warmth and give comfort. Hardwood and linoleum are cold surfaces and rugs make a room far more comfortable.


In addition to warmth and comfort, area rugs, or accent rugs as they are referred to in the decorating world, give life to a space. They add color and dimension, they invite people in, make a statement, and support the feel of a space. As decorating trends have embraced more neutral palettes, decorators want to add something to soften and complete a space and make it more inviting. They do this with texture and color which an area rug can readily supply.

Also, the myriad of options in color and patterns make area rugs a perfect accessory. Add an indoor/outdoor rug to a three-season porch, a runner to a hallway, or a room-size rug under a dining table to dramatically change the feel of a room.

How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Your Room

When there are so many to choose from, how does one decide? Think through some of the criteria below to help you pick an area rug that works for you.

How is the space decorated and where will the rug go?

Most rugs will be put in a room that already contains other things. Unless it is an empty hallway, you have couches, tables, beds, curtains, wall art, that all have to work with the area rug you introduce into the room. Can you put a turquoise rug in an all grey room? Of course, decorating can be as individual as you are, but look for styles that support your overall decorative scheme.

What features are a must-have?

Do you need a very durable synthetic rug for a high traffic area? Are there people in the house with sensitivities that need an all-cotton or organic rug? Must it be made from wool? Do you have to have a low pile rug that doors can clear? What about something that can get wet? Or something that resists mold and mildew for a basement? Where the rug is going will help you determine some of the features that will work best.

What do I want to spend?

A budget is always an important part of every purchase. To be on the safe side we have profiled very affordable rugs that can work for most budgets. Decide on a range of what you want to spend and add that to your list of criteria.

Our Top Picks for the Best Area Rugs


Best Value

NuLoom Moroccan Blythe Accent Rug

The pop of color in this rug is like no other! In addition to a great price, the nuLOOM is also durable and designed to last.

It is perfect for high traffic, making it a great value. It comes in 8 different choices of color or pattern with sizes ranging from 5-foot rounds to 12 x 15 foot rectangles. The soft synthetic fabric is easy care and no shedding. Made in Turkey.

safevieh rug

Most Elegant

Safavieh MAD611B-26 Rug

The Safavieh is an elegant Boho rug with a distressed finish that goes with almost any décor. It makes a statement in your entry or hallway as a runner or graces living spaces as a large room-size accent rug.

It comes in 6 colors and 25 different sizes to fit almost any room. It is low pile for easy door clearance, easy-care and stain resistant with no shedding. Spot clean stains.

pagisofe rug

Best Small Round Area Rug

PAGISOFE Super Soft Round Area Rug

A round rug can be the perfect fit for many places in your home. Entry, bedroom, bath or kitchen, this soft and fluffy rug is inviting for children’s floor play or great under a small table.

It comes in five colors, light and dark pink, grey, black, and turquoise. 100% synthetic materials that are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and don’t shed. It measures 3 feet, 5 inches.  Vacuum and spot clean.

unique loom

Best Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Unique Loom 3141387 Area Rug

This lovely rug comes in 12 fun colors and 15 different sizes so you can get the perfect one and the perfect fit. It goes equally well inside or out, in a dining room, bathroom, kitchen, or on an outdoor patio.

Great for a transitional space like an entry or mudroom.  It is waterproof and mold, mildew, and stain resistant. It does not shed and can be spot cleaned.


Area rugs are a great addition to a room, and we have profiled four of our favorites including, best value, most elegant, best small round, and best indoor/outdoor. All these rugs are synthetic and easy care. They are low pile for high traffic and reasonably priced. Check our criteria for help in choosing an area rug and consider adding a new one to the bedroom to support sleep.

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