I Took a Risk on a Super Colorful Area Rug for Under $100, and Boy Did It Pay Off

published Oct 18, 2019
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I have always wanted to add more color to my home, but been unsure how to do it. In my very first apartment, I added color in very safe, low-risk doses. My room had pops of yellow thanks to a bright side table and throw pillow. Our living room had more yellow in the form of a throw blanket, and our bathroom had, you guessed it, a few more yellow accents. Sticking to one hue that I knew I liked made me feel like I was being adventurous with my decor, but it didn’t feel too overwhelming.

Then came Color Month here at Apartment Therapy, and my perception of color started to change. In case you missed it, during the month of July we celebrated all things color across our entire site. As AT’s Social Media Editor, I was looking at gorgeous colorful house tours every single day deciding what to post on all our social channels. I started to feel like my home was missing patterns and color and personality in a big way.

I began my foray into colorful decor with a shower curtain that I professed my undying love for here. Seriously, I would wear Hailey Bieber’s Till Death Do Us Part veil in reference to this curtain. For a while, it fed my thirst for something bright and cheery—until I realized that my bathroom was becoming the happiest place in my apartment, which just didn’t make sense. Since I spend most of my time in my living room/kitchen area, I wanted that space to feel cheerful, too.

I knew that a colorful rug would completely transform my living space, but the options seemed endless. Thanks to Labor Day sales, I quickly zeroed in on Rugs USA’s honestly unbeatable prices. I looked through probably every rug in their “multicolored” section before landing on this one, which was on sale for 20 percent off or about $85 for a 5’x7′ rug. 

It was definitely a risk. The colors looked so bright online that I feared they would look overly saturated and almost fake in real life. I also had nothing else even remotely this bright in my space, so it was guaranteed to be a real statement piece taking up the majority of the floor space in my tiny apartment. But I figured worst case scenario, I could always send it back.

Reader, I didn’t have to. The rug looks spectacular in our tiny living room and it makes the entire space pop. When you walk in it feels like a cozy home that someone really cool lives in (that might be me projecting…) rather than a blank, almost temporary space like before. I have found myself wanting to host friends more than ever before, because I actually feel proud of my space for the first time.

This is not an article where I will urge you to buy the exact same rug as me, although you are more than welcome to do so (it’s on sale for $100 now, FYI). Mostly, I want you to feel like you can hit “purchase” on that risky rug in your shopping cart. The risk might just pay off, like it did for me.