Pictured here is the living room of my wonderful clients who prepared their home beautifully for the market. Light but warm colors were used on the walls. Keeping accessories to a minimum, and furnishings neutral, they were able to achieve an updated look with their traditional rug to ground the space.
Other ideas for traditional rugs are:
White walls pair with a traditional rug to give a modern look
Warm up a cool space such as a predominantly white kitchen or bathroom
Pair a traditional rug with a brick wall to get a “loft” look