Hi friends! So last week I shared with you the process of laying laminate floors in our home. Since they have been down, I have been wanting a rug for our living room. Here were my goals with a rug-
- make the space feel cozier
- a soft area for Don to play on
- make it easier for my dogs to jump up on the sofa (the wood makes it slick for my pups and Lucy is scared to jump up on her own now).
As a designer, there’s lots of tricks to make a space feel pulled together and finished. One of them is definitely having the perfect rug. There’s something about having a rug that looks and feels better. So I first looked for inspiration. I am a traditional girl, so that is what I gravitated towards. This was my favorite inspiration image:
I love the hints of blue and that the pattern is faded and not too busy. Let’s be honest for a second when I say that the majority of my inspiration images had a white rug in the living room. I love (LOVE) the look of a white rug, but I know it isn’t practical. So I started looking for my dream rug that will work for a messy toddler and dogs that track in dirt (why don’t they wipe their paws?!). I’ve heard the suggestion to have your rug be the color of dirt so if it does get messy, it’s not so obvious. That became my goal. I want my family to be able to live in my home comfortably and with a white rug I’d be stressed and it wouldn’t look good for long.
I started looking on Rugs USA. I have heard so many great things about them (and their awesome specials). So right after Thanksgiving, I placed an order for Treasures Persian Vintage Rug. First, I had to figure out which size to go for. Using a rug that is too small is a problem I see a lot. I see people order 5’x8′ rugs and usually that is a mistake and it will look too small and like a postage stamp in the room. 8’x10′ is the ideal size for most living rooms and will really pull the space together. I measured my space and because we don’t have a love seat and our sofa is right against the wall, a 6′-7″x9′ rug would fit better for us. If you are looking for a rug, the goal is to have at least 2 legs of your sofa, chair, and loveseat on the rug (though 4 is even better). The rug ended up being $189 for the 6’x9′ size I needed- isn’t that so affordable?!
The rug arrived Saturday morning and I was so excited to open it! I rolled it out to help it “relax”-allowing the rolled up edge to flatten out. It flattened out nicely which was a relief because I didn’t really want to put a tripping hazard in my house with a toddler- haha. I bought a rug pad to go with the rug. The rug pad goes under the rug and will help the rug stay in place, extend the life of the rug and the wood floor, and make it more comfortable to walk on. The biggest pain about a rug is that you have to move all of the furniture out of the way, place the rug down, and then pick up all of the furniture and put it away. I so wanted to do it while my husband was at work, but it just wasn’t going to happen. So I waited for my husband to come home and we laid down the rug padNext went in the rug and I styled the living room to make it nice and pretty! Are you ready to see how it turn out?!
We love it!! The rug is so nice and soft and the colors are happy, but not too strong- just calm.
And guys, it looks good with pink! Mission accomplished 😉
If I were being honest, I’d let you know how much I am craving a new sofa! This one is so old with holes in it. Also, can I get a new coffee table and end table? I think a light wood or a white one would be just what the doctor ordered. Or maybe an ottoman? One thing at a time!
See what I said about pink?!
Lucy really does love it! She lays on it and she can now jump on the sofa again- high five!
I added some more cozy accessories to this part of the house since it is now my favorite area!
So there you have it! I am in love. I condensed all of my tips for picking a good rug for you in one graphic:
And since everyone loves a good before and after, here you go!This room sure has been a work in progress for the past year and a bit. I painted the walls white, added in picture molding, put up the ledge gallery wall, framed my Instagram photos, put in sconces, found my favorite pillows (for a killer deal) and put down new floors. It’s been a long process, but it’s never felt more like home.
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This post was created in partnership with Rugs USA.