5 BIG, Area Rugs for Cheap (And the one we chose for the Living Room!)

Lately, I’ve been talking (mostly on the podcast, I think) about changing up our living room rug. The truth is, I still love the big, blue beauty after 3 years, but I just feel the need for a change.  Something lighter? More neutral? After adding the planked accent wall, it has felt darker and heavier than I want for the main area of our home. Chris was on board for the change, but I’ve been hesitating because I don’t want to spend $$$ on a 10×14 rug–and I was convinced they were all so. much. money. Our current rug, the Indigo Baxter rug from Crate & Barrel, was $1500 and worth every penny. It’s plush and soft and after all these years, it’s still in phenomenal shape.

Now, all the 10×14 rugs I was drawn to (including the one, I really really wanted) were closer to the $3000 range–which was just too much for us with two bathroom renovations on the horizon. So I gave myself a challenge to find a big, beautiful rug for the living room under $500. That way, if the light color gets too dingy after a year, or if in a couple years, I am ready for another change–I can. Guilt free. Here’s what I found, including what we ultimately ordered!

1. Olga Gray Moroccan Area Rug 6×9 $137 / 8×10 $198 / 9×12 $249 / 10×14 $499

2. Cotton Flatweave Moroccan Tribal Trellis Rug 9×12 $411 / 8×10 $264 / 5×8 $147

3. Diamond Stripe Reversible hand-woven wool Rug 9×12 $526

4. Geometric Moroccan Trellis Grey Area Rug 8×10 $215

5. Hand-Woven Light Brown/Ivory Area Rug 5×8 $147 / 6×9 $200 / 8×10 $300

You’ll notice most of these are dupes of much more expensive rugs, and the quality probably isn’t as high. But, I would have honestly put any of these in our living room! We weighed the pros and cons to each (size, price, reviews) and ultimately ordered #1 (very similar to this much more expensive one)! I had a thousand nearly 5 star reviews and so many customer pictures to flip through that confirmed our choice. We can’t wait to roll it out in our space next week and share lots of photos, and our own review. Which one would you choose? 



54 Comments

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Allyson H.

    This post could not have come at a better time!! We have a very similar living room situation – a big black wall and things were starting to feel heavy (plus dogs and toddler) so I wanted something to lighten up the space. We ordered the same rug you did, fingers crossed it holds up!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Jess

    We’re planning on buying #1 for either our entry or our living room but haven’t pulled the trigger yet! I’ve had it saved in my favorites for months now but I get so nervous about ordering rugs online. I’m excited to see how you guys like it.

    • Reply February 1, 2017

      Sarah

      Me too. Have had it in my shopping cart for several months. Maybe i will pull the trigger.

    • Reply February 24, 2017

      Tanya

      I bought rug #1 a few months back and have had so many compliments on it!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Anne

    Love the one you picked, but, for some reason I was under the impression that you thought polypropylene rugs looked cheap. Just surprised to see you picked a synthetic rug

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com

    All five of these are pretty perfect, but my favorites are 1 and 2. I think the busier pattern on the first one would hide dirt better – I image that being a plus with two littles and one big Charlie. :)

    Can’t wait to see how it brightens your space, though! And major kudos for challenging yourself to find a less expensive version of what you liked…!!! When I first heard (on the podcast) that you were considering a $3,000 rug, I totally sided with Preston. Of course, I completely understand “different strokes for different folks,” but I can just imagine if I ever told the husband I wanted to buy a $3K rug, he would laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. LOL

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Melissa

    I have the Olga Gray Morrocan rug in the 8 x 10 version in our living room and we LOVE it. The pattern is subtle enough for our neutral layer living room but also busy enough to not look dirty when it needs a good vacuum (we have a dog!). It is also super soft under foot. We ordered it from Wayfair and it was delivered to sooner than the expected shipping arrival time which was nice. I am sure the ‘real’ version that it is a dupe for this much thicker etc. but for the price – the quality/style can’t be beat! Highly recommend!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Rebecca

    I like your top pick the best, and think it’ll make the room so much brighter and fresher – perfect for Spring! Price aside, I’d still prefer this rug over the more expensive version – that dimensional tufting seems fussier and more formal (and I hate walking over rugs like that, but maybe that’s just me), and I wonder if it wouldn’t wear as well over the years. Please, please do a review when it arrives; I’d love to know if you use a rug pad, how it vacuums, etc. Some reviewers said it was thin, others said very plush, lol. Set the record straight for us.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Anna

    I wish I lived in Rexburg instead of SLC because I would love to buy that blue rug when you replace it. :) I love the look of lighter rugs, but we had a rug with a white pattern in it and it showed dirt too easily for my liking. But maybe with vacuuming as much as you do for the dog that won’t be an issue. (P.S. I love having Preston on the podcast, he provides a nice perspective. I am still cracking up that he cut his sofa in half.)

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Julie Marquez

    Before I looked at your answer, I picked #1 for you guys. But I also agree that you need a 10×14 size (that was a fun podcast discussion!). Can’t wait to see what it looks like and how it holds up, and if it hides Charley hair more!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Kerri

    We also have the Olga rug (just bought it in December!) and are loving it. It makes our whole room feel light, bright and cozy.

    We’re in the process of building an art ledge based on your tutorial – looks like we are going to have very similar living rooms! :)

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Sallie

    We just bought #1 for our living room and I LOVE it!!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Kristi

    I am loving #2 wow that is so pretty!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Jessica Bradfield

    Love them!!! We have been looking for a new one as well. If you decide to sell yours let me know! I love your style :)

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Camille

    #5 is my fave! Great list, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Chelsea

    The timing of this post is PERFECT!! I’ve had that exact rug (#1) in my shopping cart on a few different websites. Im wondering how it will look in our space.. I think once I see your post we will order it. I was SO happy to find out that’s the one you ordered!!! YAY!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Brenda

    We purchased the Olga rug in December and love it. Totally brightens the room!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Anna B.

    We have #1 and love it so much that I just ordered a runner for the hallway. It is not extremely think but it works well with kids and it doesn’t shed at all!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Anna B.

    By the way, we got it at rugsusa.com and I think the prices are better than wayfair.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Kates

    I am so wanting to get a rug to go over top of our awful carpet. I love the navy rug! Do you feel that the navy rug you had a hard time deciding on a coffee table?

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Carla Bethany

    I just found a wonderful rug online and debated days about the quality. Then I just decided I’ll give it a try and never looked back. I love #1 and would so have it in my own home if I had a place for it.

    http://carlabethany.com/

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Carla Bethany

    I just found a wonderful rug online and debated days about the quality. Then I just decided I’ll give it a try and never looked back. I love #1 and would so have it in my own home if I had a place for it.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Leslie

    We just bought #1 in the runner size for our hallways, with 2 dogs and 2 kids (3 and under), they are holding up great!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Theresa

    Number 1, $462 for a 10×14 on rugsusa!!
    Just a heads up for you :)

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Jeanna

    My favorites are #1 and #4. So happy you picked #1, and can’t wait to see how it looks in the room? What are you planning on doing with the blue one?

    • Reply February 1, 2017

      Julia

      I think we’re just going to roll it up in storage for now. We still love it and might want to use it somewhere else down the road.

      • February 6, 2017

        Sara

        Julia you just let me take that off your hands for you. My living room would love it. Let me know if you decide to sell it and would be willing to ship it to NM.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Jessica

    We bought that rug over a year ago and love it! It is in our main living space and has held up so well! Considering we have three little boys and a dog we have really put it through the test!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Liz

    I own number one and have it in 10×14 for our living room, I think you will really like it!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Mary

    As much as I would love a light colored rug, my hubby is bad about not taking his shoes off. Do you have any advice on how to clean a Polypropylene rug after it gets dingy?
    Thanks!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    kim-in-the-cove

    I can’t get over the price on the solid wool rug!!! <3

    Love the one you chose for your space – it will look awesome!!!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Robyn Vernon

    Initially I was drawn to #1 but once I opened the link to #2 and saw it up close I knew I needed it for my living room. The flat weave is perfect for the soon to come warmer weather. I do love #1 though and am considering it for our master.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Debby

    I think the rugs that you posted are very nice, but I think the rug you have is so nice. I think it really grounds the space. You have so many light coloured elements in the room, I like the blue rug to balance it out. I do understand the need for a change though.

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Emily

    Yessssssss!! So weird story…I have been following your blog forever, and purchased the indigo Baxter rug because I love the vibe of your house. But, lately I have been feeling like my room is too dark (we have a RH leather couch), and I’ve been having a hard time getting the coffee table choice right because everything just felt too heavy. Plus, we are moving to SoCal and I just wanted a lighter feel. I was looking at the EXACT same rug you chose! I love the more expensive one and was worried about the quality of the affordable one. I have bad luck ordering things online without seeing them in person. PLEASE keep us updated on how yours is working out for you! One of the best parts of your blog is that you do honest reviews of how things hold up over time. Thanks for being the best!

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Brittany

    I love #1 and also have had it in my shopping cart. But I see the 8×10 listed for $249, not $198…am I missing a discount code? I also don’t see it on RugsUSA… 🙁

  • Reply February 1, 2017

    Samantha

    I love your sofa, but it’s outside of my price range.Do you have any similar sofas at a lower price point you can suggest? (Maybe you have a post like that already.)

    Thanks!

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Tami C

    #1. #2 is super pretty, but thin

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Jamie

    Ha! I have #1 in my living room. I love it! Although it does need a good cleaning after putting up with two black haired dogs! Can’t wait to see it in your space!

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Laila Pronker

    I listened to your podcast about rugs and had a question. You mentioned that the best quality rugs are wool, which seems to be most people’s opinion, but am I the only person who hates wool rugs??? I’ve had two, one in the living room and one in my daughter’s room, and they shed like Charlie in the summer! Lol
    I’ve finally made the decision to get rid of the one in the living room and got a synthetic rug. I love it! Now I’m getting ready to do the same with my daughter’s rug, but hers was more expensive so I’m hesitating a little.

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Emily

    I just bought #1 in 8×10 for my bedroom! Got mine from Overstock. I quite like it, though it hasn’t totally flattened out yet after about 3 weeks. Good choice. :)

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    LMC

    #1 on Rugsusa is called Bosphorus Moroccan Trellis BD16 and Wayfair is showing over $600 for the 10×14 rug.

    I find rugsusa is the cheapest – I always check Wayfair and Overstock for similar rugs.

    • Reply February 2, 2017

      Julia

      Wayfair and Amazon are kind of notorious for hiking prices as soon as there’s a spike in traffic to it. When we bought the 10×14 from Wayfair, it was the cheapest option, but Overstock and rugsusa have the same rug under different names. The price will fluctuate.

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Malissa Jeffreys

    What are you doing with the big, blue beauty?? Can I buy it from you? Hah! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for for our living room.

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Julie P

    I just can’t get over how cheap the thin wrapped edges of a Polypropylene rug look. I wouldn’t want to put that gorgeous original rug down in a high traffic room with kids and a dog, so I understand your choice. I keep looking at the cheap rugs and can’t pull the trigger…

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Ann

    So funny! I have 2 of the 5!

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Kate

    I love the current blue rug! I am needing something darker for our high traffic living room area. Quick question. In this post it is tagged as the Indigo Blue but in your house shop page it is tagged as Blue (two different rugs that Crate & Barrel offers). Because it’s nearly impossible to tell the true color based off their website, I’d love to use your images as a reference instead, and would so appreciate a confirmation if it’s the blue (lighter) or indigo blue (darker) rug! Thank you!!

    • Reply February 2, 2017

      Julia

      We have the indigo one!

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Ashley

    So timely! My husband and I just closed on our first home on Monday and we’re in our pre-move prep which includes looking for a new area rug- our new family room is 19’x22′ which is the size of the kitchen, dining, and living room in our current apartment. The last owners had a piddly little 6’x9′ rug in the room and it made the room seem so tiny! Of course we don’t want to spend a ton of money…but we want to like it and for it to be somewhat neutral while we figure out what our style is now that we are finally somewhere we can paint the walls!

  • Reply February 2, 2017

    Michelle

    We’re going to pull up carpet and refinish the wood floors in our house within the next year or so and so I’ve been looking for rugs recently. I originally picked #1 for my kids’ room, but I fell in love with it for our living room too!

    I haven’t purchased mine yet, but you’re right, the prices fluctuate often. The tip you mentioned on the podcast about googling the image has been very helpful. Home Depot also sells this rug online for a good price.

  • Reply February 3, 2017

    Diana

    Awesome roundup and such a great choice! The print makes a nice statement, but the colors are neutral enough so that you won’t grow tired of it. :)

    http://dahliasanddimes.com/2017/02/03/kitchen-sconce-obsession-roundup/

  • Reply February 3, 2017

    Clare Knighton

    Love them all, all so simple and every one would look great in my front room!!

    http://www.clare-without-an-i.com

  • Reply February 12, 2017

    Kristen

    Do you have advice on where to buy abnormally sized rugs? My living room is 14′ x 13.5′ and I’m not sure where to look!

    • Reply February 12, 2017

      Julia

      Would a 10×14 or 11×14 work?

  • Reply February 24, 2017

    Tanya

    I have your living room rug in my living room and LOVE it! Question – do you think any of the above 5 rugs go together? My living room feeds into my dining room and I need a rug for the dining room. Was curious if they’d compliment each other. Thanks!

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