Published on June 15, 2019

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Welcome to The Deep Dive, a series in which we search high and low for the best of the best in any decor-related category, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs. Next up: rugs.

Most problems in the home can be solved with a good rug. Craving cozy? Lay down a rug. Can’t figure out the right furniture layout? Start with a rug. Want to infuse a room with color? Rug! Let’s just say, it’s the oldest decorating trick in the book.

Once you’ve settled on a rug, figuring out what to do with it is fairly intuitive. Buying one, on the other hand, is the scary part. Rugs are a huge investment (and not just for your wallet). Plus, the process of narrowing down your winning pick by size, shape, and material can take days, if not months. To help make your shopping journey a smooth one, we rounded up 20 of our favorite rugs and outlined them by style.

Solid Rugs

Opting for a solid color doesn’t mean you’re going the safe route. To the contrary, it’s a sign of confidence. Solid rugs allow you to build a room from the ground up and play up mixed prints with smaller accessories. When it comes to neutral hues, an unexpected touch of texture, like detailed stitching or tufting, will go a long way. A Barbie pink or ombré green, on the other hand, doesn’t need any added embellishment to make a statement.

Botanical Rugs

Our favorite takes on floral motifs are anything but fussy. Pave the way for paradise with luscious scenes of ivy and exotic jungle greenery, or be a little cheeky with something like Aimee Wilder’s pineapple rug or Anthropologie’s bouquet-inspired blooms. Before you know it, you’ll have an indoor oasis on your hands.  

Striped Rugs

Nautical no more: Stripes are a lot more versatile than we often give them credit for. If you consider yourself a traditionalist, stick with a classic white and navy pattern or jute with subtle layers of ivory seeping through. More of a rebel? Shake things up with a purple Turkish Tulu, which delivers both texture and color, or a graphic flat weave that can live outdoors or in.

Geometric Rugs

These rugs are great for layering over larger solid area rugs, but they can also hold their own. Abstract rugs that feature bigger shapes look great in airy, open rooms with tall ceilings (scale is their strong suit). Detailed prints with overlapping shapes and layered colors add interest to a small space.

Animal-Shaped Rugs

The animal kingdom is laying claim to our homes, and it’s fine by us. While it’s clear tiger-shaped rugs have true staying power, other familiar faces from land and sea are livening up living rooms far and wide with their friendly expressions and eye-catching shapes.  

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