Some times I decide to write a post about something and come up with the title first and then I come up with something like “I Want a New Rug” but I end up singing Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug” and then I wonder why people ever read anything I write. I’ll explore that in another post someday. For now, I really do want a new rug. Rather, I need a rug. My front living room has had bare wooden floors ever since I moved into this house 2 years ago. It’s one of those rooms that homeowners speak about when they say, “I’ll get to designing that room later” and then they never do. Well, I have no more excuses about not doing this because I have a partnership with Home Depot to make that room livable.
Here’s what the challenge is here: I have a front room with furniture that I don’t love but that has the perfect morning and early afternoon light in it to make it a great reading room. Since it’s the first room guests see when they come to visit my home, I’d like to make it into something that is warm and inviting but that doesn’t have too much clutter to it so that it doesn’t appear messy. I’m all about a zen-like room in a house that is minimal to the core. This room has that and I didn’t even put a picture up on the wall until last summer. That’s what happens when a room stays off your radar: you totally forget about it.
The pictures represent the room as it was left to me. When I say that, I mean that the previous owner was kind enough to help me get started over again after my divorce by selling me a lot of her furniture. The only thing that she took was this painting on the wall so now the wall is bare. It’s as if the whole room is a canvas and I get to add slowly to it to make it the room that I want to enjoy.
Since my children are older and this house has the wooden floors I always dreamed of having, this presents a few pros and cons to having this room:
- it’s not used often enough to become messy (pro)
- it’s a low traffic area that could use a rug to tie it together and bring in some color (pro)
- the walls are two-toned shades of coffee and cream-filled coffee which makes it kind of bland (con)
- bland paint colors make it easy to pick a colorful rug (pro)
- there’s a lot of light so getting a rug that’s rich in color or bold in patterns will work (pro)
- a little piece of me is afraid of color and boldness (con)
The floors are a pretty, warm, amber looking wood and I truly do still love having them. But I think that finding a rug will help me get started on this project that I’ve put off for so long. I hope you’ll come along on my journey to find a rug. I mean, I’m sure you have really fun things going on in your life, too, but this one geeks me out in a weird way so I’ll have fun no matter what.
How do you pick out rugs? Do you own a lot of area rugs? What should I be thinking about that I might have missed?
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