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Our Favorite Casual, Cozy Cottage Style Rugs

Our Favorite Casual, Cozy Cottage Style Rugs

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Today’s quick little topic is a really fun one for us because there’s no greater home decor pleasure than what happens beneath your feet, am I right? Just us? If you’re not (yet) of that mind, we’ll consider this our chance to convince you that cozy, comfortable flooring and soft, inviting rugs are one of those underrated home decor delights that can make or break the “hygge” in any home. We consider it our right… no our duty as cottage lifestyle lovers to embrace our best casual, barefoot selves at all times, so covering our floors in rugs that feel like pure heaven beneath our feet is just about our greatest decorating joy. Seriously… rugs are life.

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So in celebration of all that is beneath our feet and subsequently nestled right into our cottage decor-loving hearts, we thought it would be fun to round up our favorite, somewhat “affordable” cottage style rugs from around the web that would make any home, whether a ranch in the middle of the desert, a condo smack dab in the center of the city or a lakeside cottage with all the classic trappings, feel oh-so-comfy and cottage-cool in all the best ways. Full transparency (and this is in no way sponsored it’s just pure, unbridled love) you’ll notice from the roundup that there’s one rug purveyor in particular that kind of has our hearts and has for many a year - Dash & Albert. Created by one of the architects of cottage style, Annie Selke, Dash & Albert’s rugs are not only the most fun, funky, gorgeous creations crafted in dreamy color combos like sunwashed pinks, aquas, blues, greys and greens, but their classic cotton rugs are the softest, coziest rugs ever and I’ve been draping any space I’ve called home in them for years and years because of that. Seriously, guys, they’re life changing.

I think I’ve said this before, but I’ve been dying to drape a staircase in a fun, colorful striped Dash & Albert runner (or runners) for many moons, and the second we live in something other than a ranch that’s the first thing I’m doing! Their cotton rugs are also absolutely perfect for layering because they’re flexible, somewhat thin and don’t really ever curl up on the edges, so if layering’s your thing I love to do a neutral, chunky jute rug underneath and then layer on a funky, colorful striped cotton rug on top. So good! They sort of melt right into whatever surface you set them on, and I love that. But my very favorite way to use their striped cotton rugs is as bathmats. It’s such an easy way to add color and pattern to otherwise neutral bathrooms, which I love! So if you’re in a rental and feeling like you need a temporary, affordable way to spice up your bathroom life, just grab one of their fun 2’ x 3’ rugs like this one and voila - instant wow!

Chris’ amazing parents gifted us the pink and aqua striped Dash & Albert bathroom rug that you see in the pics this last Christmas, and I think I squealed with a frightening amount of excitement when we opened it. They’re the most thoughtful, generous gift-givers and now every time my toes touch the softness in the morning I smile and think of them. This one’s actually one of the brand’s indoor/outdoor versions because they’re basically indestructible, and I’ve come to love them for that. Though you can throw their cotton rugs in the wash, which if they’re small enough to fit in your washing machine, makes them almost as easy to maintain. The black and white plaid rug in our bedroom is also one of their indoor/outdoor rugs, and it’s still very soft, unlike so many outdoor rugs!

I’m also so in love with the look of the jute rugs with the white border in our living and dining areas, and they’re super affordable compared to the much more expensive lookalikes (also love this super similar one)! And the quality’s fantastic, though I’ve always thought that jute was really tough and tedious to clean properly no matter how you slice it, and with an elderly dog who has increasingly more accidents these days, they’re not even close to as practical as a tougher indoor/outdoor option. Love ‘em so much, but practicality is a big part of our home decor game these days. But if you put them in a low traffic space that doesn’t require as much durability (our dining area doesn’t see a ton of daily traffic), it’s no big deal! That’s all just another argument for grabbing a more affordable jute beauty vs. something more expensive that could end in heartbreak.

Shop Cottage Rugs We Love

We rounded up tons of cottage-perfect rugs we love in the “Shop” widgets above, so make sure you scroll through to see more fun rugs and grab tons of inspiration for your cottage-cool spaces. And drop us a comment in the comments section if you love a good rug as much as we do and where you find them!

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