I feel like our living room is in desperate need of a rug.
I think it needs a pretty big one, though, like 8×10, and inexpensive rugs just aren’t easy to come by at that size. Also, I haven’t really bought very many rugs in my lifetime and I’m not really sure what to look for or what I like. I’m afraid I’ll make a really expensive mistake.
I researched rag rugs and started to crochet an oval rug with fabric scraps, but I’m not really loving the look so far. And I think I’ve mentioned before how poorly I do with projects that can’t be completed in one sitting.
So back to the drawing board. The only thing I feel confident about is the size: it should be between 8×10 and 9×12. I also feel like it should maybe be neutral? I’m thinking gray or taupe, but I think I could handle a pattern with blues, greens, pinks, purples, or yellows. I’ve heard that patterns hide stains better than solids, and that jute or sisal are too scratchy for babies (which we plan to have someday), but also that putting down a blanket can solve that problem. Scratchy knees aside, budget is the biggest issue. I’ve been crying myself to sleep at night wondering whether I’m going to have to forego the thrift store for two months just to save up for this rug! I’d really like to spend under $200 if possible. It’ll be like the third most expensive thing in the room.
So, I guess the takeaway here is that if I’m serious about getting a rug, I need to do some more research. Step one: look at tons of pictures to figure out what I like and what I don’t. Here’s a quick roundup:
Umm, love. I actually have one of those green damask-y pillows (from Pier 1). But should I actually do an animal print rug? I love the look but worry it may be too trendy for a big-ticket item.
You can’t see much of the rug here, but I like the muted tone and simple, nature-inspired pattern.
This rug looks so soft!
Again, I’m digging the nature-inspired look
This rug would be the perfect no-nonsense foil to all the saturated painted furniture in our living room.
There’s not even a rug here. I’m just in love.