May 5, 2020

Layer up! Here’s ten renter-friendly rugs for under £150.

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Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, hiding ugly floors is no easy feat when you’re short on budget. Rugs aren’t the cheapest of interior purchases and getting the balance between price and good quality isn’t easy. Go too far down the budget option road and you’ll be wearing through to the floor before you know it. Settle for somewhere in the middle and your feet will remain cosy for the foreseeable. Here’s ten renter-friendly rugs that will steal your attention and won’t break the bank. 

sunrise multi-coloured flatware rug

Sunrise multi-coloured flatweave cotton rug* | Habitat | 120cm x 180cm | £120

We all know that I love an earthy colour palette and this flatweave rug from Habitat is ticking all the Californian style boxes. Handwoven in India from 100% cotton, the rug showcases an abstract block colour design in hues of ochre, pink and blue. It will look particularly good on a wooden floor in a bedroom, or layered over a jute rug elsewhere in your home.

mint screen-printed dhurrie-style rug

Medium mint Poppy Field rug | French Connection | 180cm x 120cm | £125

The Poppy rug has turned into somewhat of an icon in the past few years; now available in a multitude of colours and sizes. My favourite version of the screen-printed dhurrie-style rug is this fresh mint number which will bring subtle colour to your home. Each one has been hand-printed for a unique and diverse design, which again looks great on wooden flooring.

black and beige jute rug

Black and beige jute rug | Maisons du Monde | 140cm x 200cm | £110

Jute rugs are a great place to start if you have flooring that you’re not particularly fond of. I’ve covered many a floor with a good old jute rug, leaving them just as they are or layering with other rugs. The larger the jute rug, the better in my opinion. Maisons du Monde has plenty of options for the jute lovers amongst you (including the huge one we have in our living room) but this black and beige number caught my eye as one that will hold its own in a room. Be gone rented brown carpet…

grey and cream berber style rug

House by John Lewis Berber rug* | John Lewis & Partners | 240cm x 170cm | £150

The Berber rug has been a classic for years now, and while I wish we could all head to Morocco and pick up our own unique handmade version, budget simply won’t allow it. Thankfully the high street has taken it upon itself to bring the classic Berber style to the market at an affordable price and it’s guaranteed to work with every interior style. I particularly like the relaxed abstract detailing and fringed edges of this version from John Lewis & Partners. 

colourful berber style rug

Bala berber style rug*  La Redoute | 120cm x 180cm | £150

Fed up of the neutral Berber-style approach? This colourful design from La Redoute is ideal for adding a pop of colour to your room. They note that it will look great in a kid’s room, but I argue that any living space will find this rug a playful and fun addition. Plus, it’s made of pure tufted cotton which is especially soft and insulating. 

pink and blue Persian style rug

Athena Beatrice rug by Think Rugs | Fy! | 120cm x 170cm | £140

Persian-style rugs are great for creating impact in a room, drawing the eye in to the intricate patterns and adding some dramatic colour. If you’re looking for something to distract, this distressed style rug is just the ticket.

beige and rust berber style rug

Shaggy beige Gobi rug | Benuta | 120cm x 170cm | £121.95

Honestly, I just love a shaggy rug. Show me one from anywhere and it’s safe to say that I’d probably have it in my home. This version from Benuta ticks all my boxes with its simple design and rust arrow details. Just add a casually thrown Fedora hat and some cowboy boots for a truly authentic Instagram shot. 

beige jacquard-weave rug

Jacquard-weave rectangular rug* | H&M | 140cm x 200cm | £119.99

Wool blend rugs are a great way to add just a little bit of texture to a room, without having to get the hoover out every five seconds. This jacquard-weave wool and recycled cotton blend rug from H&M features a pile pattern on the front and braided fringe on the sides. Work it into a neutral design scheme for bonus boho points. 

shaggy brown retro style rug

Avylon brown shaggy rug | B&Q | 230cm x 160cm | £115

If you’ve seen my retro seventies bedroom, you’ll have seen this shaggy brown rug taking centre stage, bringing warmth and texture to the room. I know it doesn’t look much on its own, but in situ it looks straight out of American Hustle, am I right? Well, actually it’s from everyone’s favourite DIY store B&Q. Get the vintage look for yourself with this huge feature rug, or opt for the smaller (but still big) version at half the price.

pink stadium rug

Ronda wool pile rug* | MADE | 140cm x200cm | £129

Looking for something a little different? While simple in design, this stadium-shaped wool pile rug from MADE will make for something a little different in front of your sofa. Featuring a tufted texture and cool Nordic colour palette (available in yellow and blue too), this subtle rug is ideal for under the coffee table.

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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