The Ultimate Neutral Rug Shopping Guide

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Pops of color are always fun, but you truly can't go wrong with a neutral. And that's certainly no exception when it comes to rugs. From soft ivory and cream to rich brown and camel, the color choices are endless, and they're far from boring. Sure, you can get a run-of-the-mill neutral area rug, but would we ‌ever‌ let you do that? Hard no. And neither would the design team at The Citizenry, who have provided some expert advice to keep in mind when you're searching for the perfect neutral rug. Here are their key insights plus 20 of our favorite neutral rugs across all different price points, styles, and colors.


Tips for Buying a Neutral Rug and Incorporating It Into Your Space

1. Prioritize visual interest.

"Neutral doesn't have to mean boring! Subtle patterns or pile variation are all great ways to keep your ground layer the supporting cast while maintaining some personality and dimension. We love our Mihir Hand-Knotted Rug, which offers a traditional pattern in a muted palette that would fit seamlessly into any neutral home."

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2. Consider layering.

"Layering rugs is another great option to keep it neutral but still intriguing. Adding a neutral rug over a larger jute rug adds dimension and frames the space. Plus, it's a great trick when styling rooms with rugs repurposed from smaller spaces."


3. Keep quality top of mind.

"When shopping for neutral rugs, quality is key since you won't be distracted by bright colors or patterns. We recommend reading reviews and considering placement when buying any rug. Neutral rugs tend to be lighter in color, so choose a style that is easy to care for if you plan for it to reside in a high-traffic area."


4. Factor in the room as a whole.

"When choosing your new rug, think about the style and the design of other pieces in the room. A space with strong, structured furniture and a lot of hard lines would benefit from a rug with curves and movement to create contrast and draw the eye throughout the space. The inverse is also true, with curved furniture being offset with a gridded or striped neutral rug."


Tan, Beige, and Brown Rugs

Woven entirely by hand from the finest sheep wool, this rug manages to be both minimalist and very special.


Serena & Lily takes jute rugs to the next level. The intricate two-tone diamond pattern is neutral and warm.



This abstract rug from Wayfair is an absolute steal. It comes in eight colors and over 10 sizes.


This jute-blend rug is intricately woven to create the most beautiful texture. It will elevate any room lucky enough to house it.


Bring the vintage vibes with this handwoven shag rug from one of our all-time favorite retailers. It's dyed in small batches to create exquisite depth of color.


One of our favorite picks on the list, this color-blocked rug meshes a variety of neutral shades and is perfectly suited for high-traffic areas.


Save money with this abstract shag rug that comes in five colors and a whopping 28 shapes and sizes.

You can't go wrong with simplicity. This affordable solid rug will easily work in any room and with nearly any decor style.

Gray Rugs always pulls through with a wallet-friendly buy that's still ultra chic. This model comes in cream, black, light gray, and dark gray (pictured above).

Add visual interest to your living space with this handwoven abstract carpet crafted from 100% wool.


MINNA never fails us when it comes to textiles, and the Agnes Rug is certainly no exception.

White and Cream Rugs

There's something so special about monochromatic rugs that use only texture to create a pattern.

Here's another perfect example of that same sentiment.

This beauty comes in two neutral color palettes and two sizes, is crafted from 100% wool, and is machine-washable.


This cozy and welcoming rug is made from a blend of soft wool and natural jute.

Wool and recycled cotton come together to create this simple piece with a little extra something-something. The crisp white color complements the more relaxed shag feel.

This rug from Wayfair is proof that carpets don't have to cost a small fortune.

It doesn't get much more unique than this multipanel rug from Revival. Just prepare yourself for compliment after compliment. Seriously.

Outdoor Rugs

Outer is one of our favorite retailers for sustainable outdoor furniture and decor. The coolest part about this rug? It's made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

This best-seller will look just as good in your living room as it will on your back patio.



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