Neutral rugs will always be in style, but those with a more modern edge are having a major moment right now. Filled with versatile neutral palettes, these designs are given a modern spin with a mix of unique textures and sleek, goes-with-almost-anything motifs. Does this sound like your aesthetic? Are you ready to take a dive into contemporary neutral rugs? Keep reading—we’ll spill everything you need to know about these modern, ever-versatile beauties.
What is a contemporary neutral rug?
We’re so glad you asked! This trend is all about versatility—with a modern spin that brings in a little panache and personality. Basically, it’s the opposite of what you think of when you hear “boring neutrals.” Think a rich palette of all manner of neutrals—light cream, beautiful beige, a mix of grays, rich chocolatey brown, bold black—that add tons of depth while still establishing a neutral backdrop in your space.
In terms of patterns, this trend runs the gamut. Subtle stripes, bold Moroccan-inspired motifs, statement-making geometrics, subtle patterns that seem solid from afar, animal prints… There are tons of options, making it easy to find what fits in with your style and space!
Tips for Styling Contemporary Neutral Rugs
Try in any room—really!
Their versatile appearance means they can work in any space. Bring one to the living room for an inviting, grounding effect. Roll one out in the bedroom and any other space you want to foster a calm atmosphere. Or try a style in a kids’ space to add a hint of sophistication and to connect the room to the rest of your home.
Add tons of cozy texture.
If you’re worried about a neutral rug feeling too boring in your space, turn to texture to add extra interest. Contemporary neutral rugs come in a number of wonderfully cozy, tactile textures—think carved geometric motifs, sumptuous shags, tasseled edges, and so much more. Try one out, and prepare to be amazed at all the character and charm it brings in! Bonus: These textured styles feel simply amazing under bare feet—especially in bedrooms and kids’ spaces!
Complete a neutral-filled space.
Are you a fan of the all-neutral look? We definitely are! Rolling out a contemporary neutral rug is a great way to keep the neutral theme going in your space, creating a background layer that feels warm but doesn’t overpower what’s happening in the rest of the room. Try a bold pattern to create a focal point (sort of like art for your floors!), or stick with something more subdued to keep it simple.
Ground a space filled with color.
Sure, neutral patterns are great for all-neutral spaces, but they’re also amazing in spaces full of color, too. We love the idea of grounding a space full of color with a contemporary neutral rug at its base. Their neutral, earthy palette is perfect for balancing out the boldness of a rainbow’s worth of hues and helps prevent your space from going overboard on color.
Don’t fret about messy pets and kids.
Some people see neutral, light-colored rugs and only see a mess to clean up. And we get it! In a house full of kids and pets (or in just any home, really!), messes are a serious concern. When it comes to contemporary neutral rugs, we recommend going with a style that has at least a subtle hint of pattern, and a mix of colors, too. These two things will help hide any pesky spots you can’t get out, making them a great choice for high-traffic and spill-prone areas like the entry or dining room. If you’re extra concerned about messes, be sure to check out our washable rugs, which can be thrown in the washing machine to clean any time messes are made!