Indoor/Outdoor Rugs …Indoors

Most people think of indoor/outdoor rugs as outdoor rugs, that look like indoor rugs. They can certainly be described that way, they’ve come a long way since the fake grass look, but I actually like indoor/outdoor rugs indoors as well. They are very durable and easy to maintain. They may not be your softest, plushest carpet, but they sure make cleaning up soggy, mashed in goldfish much easier than on a rug with higher pile.

We bought our living room rug a couple of years ago and have been very happy with the decision to get an indoor/outdoor one. They work great in areas with kids and pets. I also like the idea for kitchens where there’s a lot of traffic, water, and messes. If you’re considering one, here are a few to take a look at.





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Also…regarding sizes, the rule has always been to have at least your front furniture legs touching the rug, but when in doubt, I think it’s always best to go bigger. There’s nothing worse than an area rug floating in the room.


Neutral Area Rugs that are Not Boring

It’s no secret that neutral is the way to go to avoid getting tired or sick of decor, but does it have to be boring? In my opinion, no. I always recommend going neutral on larger, bigger ticket items…sofa, bedding, floors, drapes, etc. and adding color + pattern on smaller items like accent chairs, throw pillows, accessories.This allows you to change up your decor easily (think…much easier + less expensive to replace a pillow than re-carpet your floor or replace a sofa). You’re also less likely to experience buyers remorse a few months down the road after buying a classic white quilt for your bed than a bright orange, floral duvet cover. Trust me, there are many bright orange, floral throw pillows out there if you must add it to your bedroom, or anywhere in your home for that matter.

You must think I’m a total buzz kill by now, but don’t worry, I have a few options for you to consider, as far as area rugs are concerned, that are fun and not boring, but are neutral enough to stand the test of time.jute-lattice-rug-flax-ivory-o

Jute Lattice– A twist on your classic natural fiber rug. The pattern is fun but not super trendy.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond Chunky Woven– Another natural fiber rug with a cool pattern. Plus, I like all the darker tones for homes with kids + pets.

Marchesa Rug

Marchesa – This is neutral but has enough colors in it to not be boring. The pattern is also one that mixes well with other patterns, especially geometric.

Safavieh Adirondack

Safavieh Adirondack– I’m a huge fan of this type of pattern lately and this is light + neutral enough that it wouldn’t be overbearing in a room.

Vineyard Stripe Rug

Vineyard Stripe– Stripes, no matter what color, are always a neutral. And they’re so classic, they never go out of style.

Leopard Vine

Leopard Vine– Animal prints are neutrals in my book! It’s a bold pattern but goes well with other patterns + colors.

Handmade Moroccan

Handmade Moroccan Trellis– I love a good shag rug (if I didn’t have babies who like to eat it) and this one looks super soft. The trellis pattern mixes well with other patterns too.

Le Poeme

Le Poeme– I love this unique rug, it’s a bit unexpected but doesn’t take over a room. I did take French in college, but don’t ask me what it says. I think if you put it in your home you’d probably want to find out though because I’m sure it’ll come up once or twice.


Goat Hide– Stay with me here…hide rugs are great for many reasons. They’re neutrals and definitely not boring (hence the title of this post) but they’re also stain resistant. They’re essentially hair/fur, so they clean very well. I think they look best layered over another rug, especially a colorful rug. So if you’re looking to tone down an overpowering rug in a room, this is a good option.


Atlas Wool– Again with this pattern. I’m in love. And I might be in the mood for Christmas since this reminds me of it, but it would be a great neutral rug for any season.

Inexpensive Area Rug Sources

I talked about area rugs a couple of weeks ago when I posted about decorating a rental and then received a handful of questions about where to find inexpensive ones. And then this post was born 🙂

Area rugs have such a huge impact on a room and they’re so flexible. We’re currently switching around a couple of rugs in our house giving a couple of rooms a whole new look without spending a dime. They don’t have to cost a fortune either. One of my favorite tricks for rooms with a lot of traffic (ie eating areas, family rooms) or where you need to cover a large space, is to use indoor/outdoor rugs. They’re less expensive and softer than you’d think. If you want a super soft surface you can just layer a smaller, rug on top of it. I talked about rug layering here.

Here are my go to sources for inexpensive area rugs.


Target Rugs


Overstock rugs

World Market

World Market Rugs

 Pier 1 Imports

Pier1 area rugs


Ikea rugs


Wayfair rugs

You can also find some great deals at Homegoods, as well as flash sale sites like One Kings Lane and Joss and Main. You have to be quick to snag them up though! What are your favorite sources for inexpensive area rugs?

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