I recently faced the dilemma of finding a pretty rug for my living room that didn't cost a fortune. As I scoured the web, I found many had way too many shades of brown to count or resembled something thrown over a fence at a roadside sale. But I persevered and have handpicked a selection of pretty and affordable area rugs (all around 5' x 8') that won't break the bank.
Assembly Home Mae Patchwork Printed Rug, 5'x7' at Urban Outfitters, $99
It's rare to see a home decor piece that can effortlessly pull off this many colors, yet red, blush, camel, seafoam, blue, and white converge into the most harmonious rainbow of textile goodness. Reviewers gave it a thumbs up for its nice quality and pretty, saturated colors.
Natura Illusion Area Rug, 5'x8' at All Modern, $81.27
Sometimes you need a simple natural-hued jute rug and sometimes you need a jute rug with a lot of character. If you're the latter, enter the Natura Illusion rug with its teal, yellow, and terra-cotta pizazz.
Restoration Rug, 5'x7'6" at eSale Rugs, $99
After shuffling through 13 pages of rugs, I nearly gave up before stumbling upon this beauty. The epitome of Turkish delight, I love the worn look of this stain-resistant find and the subtle blue tones woven throughout only add to its appeal.
Tracce TC01 Distressed Foggy Medallion Rug, 5'3"x7'8" at Rugs USA, $102
I was drawn to the antiqued patina of this Oriental rug with a perfect blend of inky and cream hues. This beauty looks way more than expensive than its price tag.
4040 Locust Dye Technique Printed Rug, 5'x7' at Urban Outfitters, $99
I can't seem to shake the shibori trend and this rug pulls off the tie-dyed pattern perfectly. The laid-back boho vibe of this rug would give any space an easy, relaxed ambience.
Threshold Mohave Area Rug, 5'x7' at Target, $99
As I was clicking through Target's carefully curated section of 5'x7' rugs under $100, my eye landed on this find that's new to the retailer's webpage. Suitable for indoor or outdoor, this tribal-inspired find is sure to make a statement in any home thanks to its soft, pretty hues and fun, graphic print.
Maui Hand Woven Jute with Wool Fringe, 5'x8' at Rugs USA, $105
This rug had me at braided fringe. Simple in color, this is anything but boring thanks to its fun fringe and nubby texture. It'd be perfect layered with a printed rug as a statement maker all on its own.
Archer Rug, 5'x7'5" at Joss & Main, $105.95
After scrolling through customer-submitted photos, this rug just gets better and better. Thanks to the weathered motif, the graphic print is just subtle enough to become a neutral backdrop for your space.
Alfresco Beige/Moss Area Rug, 5'3'"x7'6" at All Modern, $98.85
I've never met a Greek key I didn't like, this rug included. Simplistic in color, this low pile gem makes up for its quiet tone with its pretty, geometric detailing.
Lali Printed Rug, 5'x7' at Urban Outfitters, $99
This rug has major fringe benefits. Just look at the over-dyed deliciousness and intricate, antiqued motif. If pink is too girly, it also comes in a gorgeous gold and turquoise hue, and deep teal and navy colorway.