You can never go wrong with neutrals. Whether you prefer warm beige, classic ivory, bright white, or cool grey, neutral tones are easy to incorporate into any space and can add a sense of calming relaxation to your home.
A neutral color area rug is perhaps the easiest way to incorporate the soft shades into a room. Neutral rugs look especially great in the living room, pairing beautifully with both colorful and neutral furniture and decor, while also brightening up the space in a subtle way.
So it’s time to invest in a neutral living room rug, but you don’t want something bland or impersonal. We hear you, and we’ve got you covered with a wide range of area rugs to match every design aesthetic.
Keep scrolling to check out some of the best neutral rugs to consider for your space, plus photos to inspire your next big design project.
1. Modern Boho: Diamond Dalia Beige Ivory Rug
From the patterned throw pillow to the pampas grass, every detail went into consideration while designing this light-filled, bohemian space. While this versatile diamond-patterned 8×10 neutral area rug would elevate just about any room, we love the way it adds a layer of depth and flair to this earthy living room while sticking with the rich, monochrome color palette.
2. Scandi Chic: Herdanza Black & White Rug
Consider this room proof that you can never go wrong with a black and white area rug. While the homeowner could have gone with a monochromatic design, the geometric pattern in this neutral living room rug gives it a brilliant textured effect that plays into the designer’s affinity for all things tassels, fringe, and macramé.
3. Artist-Approved: Plush Moroccan Ornate Rug
This room is obsession-worthy, especially if you’re drawn to eclectic art and color. Notice how this plush Moroccan-inspired rug features imperfect linework that doesn’t take itself too seriously, just like the creative haven’s whimsical canvas print depicting a woman’s face in bold, statement strokes. Meanwhile, the neutral colors of this living room rug help balance out the bright shades of the furniture and wallpaper.
4. Funky Retro: Marble Golden Ivory Rug
It feels impossible to look at this playful living room without breaking into a grin. Every element, both big and small, adds to the space’s fun and quirky aesthetic—this neutral color rug included! A room so meticulously curated requires a design that’s equally as thoughtful, and this elegant, ivory marbled rug that’s both youthful and versatile delivers.
5. Plant-Filled Paradise: Kavi Diamond Rose Gold Rug
Who says a room in your home can’t double as a tropical escape? This plant-obsessed designer’s primary source of decor is—you guessed it—greenery. She complements the at-home jungle with earthy hues, tangible textures, and unique patterns, including this hand-drawn diamond-patterned area rug that adds a soft touch. The warmth and texture of the neutral color area rug adds to the tropical aesthetic by giving off a beachy, sand-like vibe.
6. Cognac Cool: Re-Jute Sierra Black and Sand Rug
Jute rugs famously can’t be washed, but our machine-washable Re-Jute rugs are a game-changer for those who love the look of the popular textile but hate the stress that comes with maintaining it. As seen here, teamed with a cognac leather sectional and a round wooden coffee table, the black and natural tan design of the large neutral area rug meld perfectly with the room’s color scheme. Even better, the Re-Jute rug gives off the same laid-back, textured look of a regular jute rug without the scratchy feel.
7. Clean, Simple, and Luxe: Maral Heriz Cream Rug
White and wood is always a winning combination, especially in a neutral living room. But it’s the room’s intricately detailed Persian-style neutral color rug that amps up the cozy factor, making the picture-perfect setup one you’ll want to stay in for a while. The rug’s rich beige tones and intricate pattern adds an easy elegance to the space, while the charming addition of the cream-colored knit pouf earns them extra points for comfort.
8. Quirky Minimalism: Marrakesh Beige Ivory Rug
Eye-catching abstract line art is a big part of this minimalist interior lover’s style, evidenced by the way this Moroccan-inspired neutral area rug mirrors the minimalist wall canvas. The living room’s furniture fits into the unassuming neutral color palette, with pops of decor in muted hues that make the room feel like a serene escape.
9. Modern Desert: Kamran Hazel Rug
This living room aesthetic uniquely teams modern and traditional decor with boho touches, making a neutral-colored area rug a must to complete the space. As a warm, alluring addition, the designers opted for a distressed Persian style design tinted in brown, honey, gold, and cream to match the furniture. When paired with the Joshua Tree wall art and natural decor elements, this living room gives off the perfect modern desert aesthetic.
10. Subtle and Sophisticated: Prisma Monochrome Rug
At first glance, you might not even notice that this large, neutral area rug features a faint overlapping hexagon design. It’s ideal for the decor enthusiast who wants to keep their space light and luxe, as evidenced in this charming transitional-style living room. It’s also the perfect addition to the mixed neutrals color palette that gives the room depth and visual interest.
READERS: Which is your favorite neutral living room rug? Do you have any styling tips? Let us know in the comments!
Hi Marisa, i have a ocean front condo , a sofa that is cream and a geometrical chair that is light blue sagy, I am thinking of a neutral rug. What do you suggest? size 8/10