Whenever I contemplate updating a room in our house, my first thought is to change out the rug and paint the walls (I know all the women in my family are nodding their heads right now – we all do it). Rugs can lighten a room or add weight and coziness. Paint is easy, cheap, and when paired with a new rug, you get maximum change for minimum investment.
Now I know what you’re thinking…rugs are expensive. And they are – but in comparison to an entire room overhaul, it’s the most economical option – trust me, I’ve done my fair share of research. I’ve spent hours pouring over websites and reading reviews to find quality rugs at affordable prices for our house, because if I’m being honest with myself I know any rug of ours is destined for a date with red wine at some point in it’s life. And there’s no point crying over spilled
Whenever I’m in the market for a new rug, or contemplating a room update, this is my usual hit list. Some of these are ‘duh’ resources (i.e: Target), but a lot of times it’s what you search for that makes all the difference! Enjoy!
Ballard Designs: The best place to find outdoor rugs. If you’re looking for a rug you can spray down with a power hose, this is your place. We bought a large 7 x 10 rug for our patio a few years ago, and it’s still in great condition. Ballard is also a promotionally driven company, so there’s a big chance you’ll be able to score a hefty discount!
Target: Two of my favorite brands here are Safavieh and Threshold. Both make great basic, durable rugs with all the geometric patterns you could imagine. You can purchase Safavieh rugs through several online retailers, but I find Target’s search process much easier than most. With Target rugs, I’ll usually look for a soft wool rug or dhurrie that can stand the test of time – both of which these brands carry in extensive inventory.
Rugs USA: One word: overwhelming! You’ll definitely need to know exactly what you’re looking for when you go to Rugs USA. If you do – this is a great site for you. They carry several trendy patterns and beautiful orientals, all at prices that don’t require you to sacrifice your entire paycheck. They’re another heavily promotional company – the last rug I purchased here was 75% off! Also be sure to read reviews. I’ve dodged a few bullets from reading the extensive customer reviews, but I’ve been very pleased with the rugs we purchased here.
One Kings Lane: That’s right…another discount site! I love OKL for so many home items – rugs included. They carry great natural rugs and notable brand names. If you’re looking for a sisal rug – this is your place!
Dash and Albert: My love for Dash and Albert runs deep. If I had to name favorites here, this brand would win, hands down. Dash and Albert carries everything from indoor/outdoor rugs to kilims to cotton weaves. Their patterns are fresh with an updated twist that sets them apart from the standard geometric prints you see everywhere. Their prices are affordable (our 10 x 14 rug was under $1000), and the quality is evident. Beware if you’re looking for a large area size – they custom make these which can take several months!
West Elm: Oldie but goodie – I love West Elm. Their kilim rugs are perfect to cover a large kitchen area, or anywhere with heavy traffic patterns. I love their casual designs and practical approach to floor coverage. You can’t go wrong here!