Do you hate carpet?
I have to stop short of saying I hate my carpet because I know it could be worse. I’m trying to be grateful for what I have. And it least it is a neutral. But nevertheless, it is carpet and I’m not a fan. My old house had hardwoods everywhere and here we only have them through the entry and kitchen. But, it is what it is and I’m not about to rip it all out right now and add hardwoods to match the kitchen just because I want them.
I’d love to have a perfect home and rip out everything I don’t like, but I’ve got other priorities, people! We sometimes have to accept what we have. At least my carpet is relatively new so I won’t complain too much. It will be ripped out someday, just not now.
In my quest for warmth and coziness this Fall, I wanted to add something new to make my main living room and dining room feel like ME. And that means I don’t want to see that carpet all the time. Since I can’t rip it out, I needed a quick and easy solution.
I LOVE natural fiber rugs.
I really love the look and texture of seagrass and sisal rugs. They have their drawbacks as far as if you have certain kinds of pets or very young children, perhaps, but they are wonderfully textured and add a lot to a space. As I was dreaming of a seagrass rug, it occurred to me that the color of the seagrass is almost the same as my carpet. Hmmmm. This might work.
So I probably made a design faux pas and bought two relatively inexpensive seagrass rugs to layer over my regular builder carpet, one in my living room and one in my dining room. GASP! All real designers can leave now.
Yes, I’m sure this breaks someone’s design rule. I know, it is not ideal in a dining room because you could drop a plate of spaghetti on the rug and it would be really hard to pull the noodles out of your seagrass. Yes, you could trip and break your leg and end up in the hospital through Christmas. There are probably dozens of reasons why you should NOT do this.
But I did it. And no design police have come to arrest me yet. And no one has dropped spaghetti on it either.
DISCLAIMER: These are photos from this summer
I need to update to my fall decor but I haven’t taken new photos yet!
Even though it isn’t the perfect solution, those two rugs make me MUCH happier than the carpet alone. So if it makes me happier, then I really don’t care about the rule or logic that says to not do it. I can hardly explain how happy these rugs have made me!
Layering rugs is an awesome way to cozy up your home. If you have carpet you don’t love, you too can layer another rug on top of it!
I actually see layered rugs like seagrass with oriental rugs in stylish magazines, so the idea of using two rugs together is not unheard of. You don’t have to use seagrass.
Putting an area rug in your conversation area is a GREAT WAY to make a room cozy!
Have you ever thought about layering rugs this fall to make things cozier, to define a conversation area or cover up carpet you don’t like?
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