Ah, the hunt for an area rug. We’ve all been there, and the options are—for better or for worse—endless. On top of that, there is the pressure to actually decorate a room beginning with the area rug, which means you really have to love it before hitting “add to cart” because the rest of your furnishings will depend on it. Unless you are a serial maximalist or have a particular color scheme in mind, it’s safest to start with a rug in a neutral tone—not too bright, not too patterned. With this common dilemma in mind, we tracked down 26 area rugs that will ground your furniture without competing with it . . . and most importantly, won’t burn a hole through your wallet! But don’t think of these as “temporary” rugs just because they’re cheap; these timeless styles can easily follow you from home to home.