A Living Room Update - New Rug Thoughts

A new rug for a room can be a tough decision. First, they are expensive, so it automatically becomes a non-impulse buy. Second, they can completely change the mood and feeling of a room. Rugs can take a room from formal to relaxed in no-time flat. Changing out your rug can be one of the easiest ways to make a major update in a room without major work. 

Photo by Rick Lozier.

Photo by Rick Lozier.

I'll be honest with you, our living room doesn't look like this exactly anymore. We shot it earlier this year for a magazine feature and have to keep it on lock down until that comes out. A blogger's life is weird.  But, it's pretty darn close and this gives you a shot of our current rug. We've owned it for probably 8+ years and it's worked in many spaces for us. It's bold, it has personality, and it's easily cleaned--all good things. On the negative, it feels outdated to me and I'm ready for a change.

Photo by Rick Lozier.

Photo by Rick Lozier.

So what does the space need? I am teetering back and forth between a different black and white pattern, a neutral more subtle piece, and a bright, bold pop of color. Let's take a look at what I've pulled as options so far, shall we?

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Makes the space a little more casual with the "plushness" of the rug but still offers a nice bold pattern. RugsUSA 9 x 12' $564

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Very similar situation to what we have now. I like the pattern and the boldness but worry I will feel it's not much of a change. RugsUSA 9x12' $357

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More black and white. More pattern. I just have always loved houndstooth. RugUSA 8 x 11' $760

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Feels neutral while still offering a pattern. Visually, it may read as too gray though due to the tight pattern from far away or in photographs. RugUSA 9 x 12' $366

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Did I go too far out with this one? I picked the last one for a neutral option and then rebelled by going crazy with all of the colors. This might not be the rug but might prove a larger point that I need/want something graphic there. RugsUSA 9 x 12' $315

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Is this my happy medium? A color but a more subtle pattern offered here. The navy could look beautiful pulling the blues from the Kristi Kohut artwork and the sofas. RugsUSA 9 x 12' $243 (and it's a heck of a deal).

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There they all are one last time together. Sometimes it helps to do a side by side comparison.

So now I'm turning it to all of you. What do you think? Is neutral the way to go here? Am I black and white obsessed and I need to learn to embrace color? Talk to me, help me here.