I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend. I definitely did! I spent quite a bit of time relaxing while at my friend’s family home in the country. The downtime gave me a chance to mull over some plans for my space, and this weekend my mind was on rugs, specifically for my living room. It’s been a long time coming. Living in a rental you don’t get a choice on flooring. And what I have is old browny beige carpet. It could be worse, it could be bright red shag carpet…at least I’m dealing with a neutral. But since the neutral colours in my living room decor are white and grey, the beige isn’t ideal. However, the biggest problem are the stains (some were there when I moved in…many have come since) which gives the carpet some, um, interest? Bottom-line: the carpet doesn’t match, and isn’t pretty. A rug is the perfect solution to help hide unchangeable flooring.
To start my search, I needed to decide on a colour (or colours) for this new rug. I’ve put together a little photo collage of some key elements in my living room so you can get a sense of the palette.
As you can see, the space is mainly blues & greys (couch, chairs) with pops of purple, lilac and pink in the accessories and art. My first thought was to look for another shade of blue, but then very quickly realized that would be way too much blue. And grey just seemed a bit bland. In the end, I decided that some shade of lilac or pink would be best. A shot of colour that co-ordinates well but isn’t too matchy-matchy. Here are a few that I’m considering so far:
1. Jasmine Purple Rug – Rugs USA 2. Jaeda Rug, Pink Flamingo – Lulu & Georgia 3. Dash & Albert Steps Wool Hooked Rug 4. Momeni Suzani Hook SZI-1 Purple Rug 5. Pari Rug – Lulu & Georgia 6. Luli Sanchez Rug
I”m leaning towards something more traditional in pattern so currently my two front-runners are numbers 1. and 5. The Luli Sanchez rug (6.) is my dream rug - it’s like a work of art! Not surprisingly, there are no prices listed on that site, suggesting one-of-kind pricing (and rightfully so), but likely not in my budget. Which do you like?
I’m still searching but there are definitely some good options out there. I’ve hit all the standard haunts for rugs (Rugs USA, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, CB2, EQ3, Layla Grace, Lulu & Georgia). Any other suggestions? Where do you shop for rugs?