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When we’re craving a little color at home, it often comes in one of three forms—a fresh coat of paint, an easy pillow swap, or a vibrant new artwork. But there’s one area that’s often overlooked: the floor. If your rental apartment suffers from dated carpeting or scratched boards, a punchy rug can be just the remedy to turn an ugly feature into a color-blocked statement.

A large area rug can quickly make an old room feel brand-new in the same way paint can—without all the hours spent stretched on a ladder applying coat after coat. Here are 10 options that’ll dare you to go bold.

If you have a flair for the dramatic…

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Posh Red Rug, CB2 ($249)

This crimson rug is a maximalist’s dream. Pair it with dusty pink and rich burgundy to dial up the drama.


If The Flintstones was your favorite show…

Stone Rug 5, Nanimarquina ($680)

Layer this rusty pebble-shaped rug atop all-white floors for a playful base.

If you always ask for the window seat…

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Boundary Rug, West Elm ($20)

Reminiscent of farmlands spotted from the sky, this light yellow rug will brighten up the dreariest of rooms.

If you love feeling grass beneath your feet…

Ines Jungle Rug, Kasthall (Price upon request)

Not quite as good as fresh grass but a step above Astroturf, this bright green rug will remind you of a summer day. 

If tennis is your favorite sport…

Clay Court Rug, Pieces ($240)

No need to hit the clay courts; this tennis-inspired rug will bring the sport to you (aesthetically, at least).


If you need a ray of sunshine…

Handloomed Striped Viscose Rug, Anthropologie ($98)

Give your bedroom a dose of sunshine with this mood-boosting rug from Anthropologie. You’ll always start the day on the right foot.

If you’re not much of a square…

Circum Rug, Bolia ($1,123)

Who said rugs need to be rectangular? This round sorbet rug breaks all the rules in the best way. Layer it on top of light hardwood floors in a large entryway or by your bed. 

If you’re feeling blue…

Indigo Tatami Rug, Nanimarquina ($1,570)

There’s nothing melancholic about this punchy Yves Klein Blue rug, which would be best combined with black and white accents (and a pop of red). 

If you always spill red wine…

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Stilla Bordeaux Rug, AYTM ($381)

No Bordeaux spills will show on this bubble-shaped rug. It’s the perfect conversation piece for your next wine and cheese soiree.


If your space needs a sweet touch…

Hexagon Cotton Candy Swizzle Blind Rug, Kinder Ground ($450)

Add a hint of playfulness with this bubblegum pink hexagonal rug. Or arrange a few together for a fun graphic statement.

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