Posted by Kerrie Kelly in Home Design

Frosty weather beckons for extra coziness around the house. An area rug is a great way to add warmth to your space during the colder months of the year. With a multitude of shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the perfect one.

We’ve picked out our favorite rugs for any style to keep your house warm and inviting all winter long.

Warm Up With Wool

Traditional, durable, and plush, wool area rugs are the perfect way to keep your home cozy. Famous for their beauty and seemingly indestructible nature, wool rugs feel warm underfoot while maintaining resiliency in high-traffic areas, even those frequented by kids and dogs.

Wool is also known for its ability to stay beautifully structured and saturated in color through cleaning after cleaning, making it one of our top choices for area rugs in living rooms, entryways, and hallways.

Say It With Synthetic

Incredibly durable and easy to clean, synthetic area rugs are popular in all areas of the home. Those made of acrylic, polypropylene, and polyester are especially tough and fantastic for particularly busy or mess-prone areas, like the entryway and dining room.

Synthetic rugs are also offered at great price points, making it easy and affordable to transform your space as the season changes.

Naturally a Good Choice

If indestructible and stain-resistant aren’t your main priorities, might we suggest a natural fiber rug? Available in a variety of shades and textures, these rugs add an air of relaxation to any room, especially in larger sizes for the living room and owner's bedroom.

Jute, sisal, and sea grass are all great examples of natural fiber rugs perfect for adding texture and cohesion to your home. Want to dress it up or add some color? Consider adding a colorful twill or leather accent border to the rug to pull your space together.

Shop by Style

If you’re unsure about the material you want to work with, we suggest shopping by style.

Traditional design calls for area rugs that are soft and understated, perfect for anchoring a space. These may feature floral patterns, geometric prints, and organic designs in soft hues of popular colors like blue, orange, and beige. These styles usually play a supporting role in the design of a room and are great for centering furniture in the living room or adding softness to a bedroom.

Those with modern style can look to eye-catching geometric patterns and bold, bright colors for their area rugs. Interesting textures and high piles are also great ways to add flair to a contemporarily styled home while creating a cozy space fit for family and friends at the same time.

Southwestern and eclectic styles are also gaining popularity in the realm of area rugs and are great styles to add warmth to your home. Featuring tribal-inspired designs and earthy tones, Southwestern rugs are the perfect addition to a home styled with midcentury furniture or rustic decor.

Eclectic area rugs work best as statement pieces in a simply styled home. Mix-matched colors, patterns, and textures are the perfect way to inject style into an eclectic or contemporary home.

You’ll be ready to pick out your traditionally styled carpeting or eclectically elegant rug in no time! What is your favorite area rug style?


Kerrie Kelly


Kerrie Kelly from Kerrie Kelly Design Labs is an interior designer who writes for The Home Depot about kitchen design. She loves to provide advice on a myriad of topics such as “how to make your kitchen feel more open.” To get some more inspiration and kitchen design ideas, visit

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