Making a Case for a Neutral Rug

Continuing with the living room rug debate, today I thought I'd share some beautiful rooms featuring a neutral rug for your consideration. 

I adore natural fiber rugs - sisal, seagrass or jute.  They add a neutral yet textured element to a room and in my experience they are quite durable - my seagrass and jute rugs held up to kids and a dog for many years.  In the world of flooring, natural fiber rugs are quite affordable too.

Take a little looksie at some of my neutral rug inspirations.

Neutral walls, natural fiber rug, lots of white balanced by warm wood, and a bit of soft color.
{Susan Kassler/Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

White paired with natural elements like the sisal rug and wicker chair, and bold pop of color.
{Kate Singer/Hampton Design House}

{Southern Living}

This next photo is from a Southern Living many years ago - how many of us ripped it out and saved it???  All these years later, what I still love about it is the neutral base of the walls and floor, warmed up with the wood toned armoire, natural elements, lots of texture and a bit of gold.
{Southern Living}

{Coastal Living}

This might be one of my all time favorite photos.  How cozy and welcoming is this little corner?  
{Original source unknown; if you know could you fill me in so I can update this photo?  Thank you.}

I love how a neutral rug and a light wall color give you the opportunity to do anything with textiles and accessories in your room.  The combination creates the perfect backdrop for adding pops of color and changing up the feel of your room on a whim.

So what do you think about natural fiber rugs - love or hate them?


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Loving the way that the natural fiber rugs don't scream for attention. While I love a good graphic rug they sometimes take the attention away from other things in a room.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i always love the look of natural fiber rugs- they add a nice casual touch. however, having dogs who have puked on said natural fiber rugs, i find them much harder to clean when it comes to accidents like that... i know there is a trick and i just don't know it. so anyhow, i stay away from them now... at least while we have dogs!

Dana Frieling said...

I'm a fan. I've been searching for one recently and noticed the pile is much lower than in years past. This will help with the pet clean-up issue!

pam {simple details} said...

LOVE them, mine from World Market have held up great with kids and dogs. But I agree the beauty is the versatility for those of us who have a penchant for changing things up! :)

Tiffany said...

Love those rugs and the inspiration pictures!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

They're beautiful. I particulary like the one with the diamond pattern. Still understated with a little interest!


Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Love them. Now I wish I would have gotten that instead. Darn. ;)

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I love the texture of a jute rug. I've had my eye out for an affordable extra-large one for a while now. They are so versatile!

A Vintage Vine said...

I have two older rugs I would love to replace with natural rugs!.....I am a sucker for sisal, I love it's subtle statement in a room but I always chicken out (buying one) because I worry about the cleaning....great comments from everyone!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

All of them are so pretty! I love that they are neutral yet have a pattern in them!!!
Have a wonderful weekend

Hyphen Interiors said...

Love them! For all the same reasons - texture, color. However, the couple of jute rugs that I've owned haven't done well - they kept getting frays all over and there are just two of us... weird. Thanks so much for your comment on my post at Primitive and Proper today (on white). Thanks for the great suggestion! I hope to post a list of suggestions on paint by color asap.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Natural rugs are certainly timeless! I like them as long as they're not too rough, and my favorite look is definitely when they are layered with another rug.