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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Dining Area Rug & One For The Kitchen

With the new wood floors, I wanted a rug to kind of ground the dining area of my living/dining room combination.  Finding just the right size was a little tricky.

This isn't a very large space and is just your typical builder basic floor plan of living/dining all in one room.  The dining area looks like a sea of brown, so I think I need a rug to help break things up a little.

This is the space I am working with.  As you can see here, the doorway to the kitchen/family room area is on the left, so I need to stay within certain boundaries here.  I want the chairs around the table to be on the rug.  That meant that a 5' x 8' was too small - I needed a 6' x 9'.
That cut down my choices quite a bit unless I wanted to go custom.  I really just wanted something simple and non-descript so it didn't compete with the cowhide rug.  I decided the best choice would be a sisal rug - easy and simple, plus there were several to choose from in 6' x 9'.

 To make sure I got the right size rug, I moved all the furniture out and measured again.  (I know, it seems like we've done nothing but move furniture lately)

This is a small area, but it will work with a 6' x 9' I think.

Well, the rug came today and I am not sure this is the look I am going for. (Hubby is not home, so I couldn't get the table back in place.)

 I think this fights with the cowhide rug.  I don't like that idea.

Not at all the look I am going for, so I think this one goes back.  I like the room better with just the cowhide, so it will stay that way for now.

This room isn't all that big, so I don't think chopping it up with rugs will help.

I did find one rug that I really like and it is an indoor-outdoor rug for the kitchen.  I love that it is plaid and has black and tan in it.

 One out of two isn't bad.  This one is the Safavieh Courtyard Black/ Bone Indoor Outdoor Rug from Overstock. 

I am happy with the dining area left  with no rug for now. What do you think?

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  1. Lovely- Looks perfect -you have such a great eye!

  2. Yes, I agree about the dining room rug...just not right. The kitchen looks great.

  3. I believe that it is always best to wait for what you really want. You have excellent taste and I know you will eventually get exactly the look you want. I have a bound edge sea grass rug in my formal dining area and just love it. I think the fringed edge on the sisal perhaps was a bit too casual. Pinterest is full of images of cowhides layered over sea grass rugs and that could be a possible solution so that the two rugs "play" nicely with one another.

  4. I see what you mean. It is a beautiful rug though. It is a dilemma when you have an open space and are trying to ground each part of it. Dining space versus living space. I don't have the answer though!

  5. I agree completely with the sea of brown and I am trying to avoid that issue in my latest move. I have all wood floors and it is a challenge. I noticed in the first pic is the fringe and the second pic of the clean edge side the rug seems to work better, at least to my eye. And keep in mind if a move is on your radar it will be nice if the new rugs work in a new home. Will be fun to see what you find. Dee

  6. I agree with you. I don't think that's the right rug for your dining area. I don't care for the fringe and think a solid rug with no outside trim would work best. I do think you need a rug, though, to help ground the area. Good luck in your search.

  7. Love your kitchen rug. While I love the jute sisal rugs I don't think it works for your dining area either. Happens to all of us...some picks are better than others. ha! You just have to see something in your own space to know for sure. :-) Sheila

  8. After much trial-and-error, I have found my choice and I recommend you look into it: Seagrass (totally different from jute) bound-edge rug as another poster above mentioned. I think you will like it.

  9. Marty,
    Choosing and investing in a rug is not an easy decision, dear friend!
    I'm dealing with a similar situation in my kitchen.
    I l o v e the rug "Mr. Ed" and I chose,
    but because it is in a high traffic area the white doesn't stay clean and bright.
    It's too large to throw in the washer, so, I, too, will be rug shopping in the near future.
    I'm sure you'll find the "winning" combination!

  10. I like the table without a rug. It was competing with the rug that you have in seating area.I really like the one that you got for the kitchen. But you are the one who lives there and you are such a wonderful decorator that you will make the right choice.


  11. To see your room is always a treat to the eyes.Your kitchen rug is to unusal rug of nice patterns and black and white combination.

  12. We have jute rugs/ runners that are bound in black and I think that would look very nice in your dining area and not compete with the otther cowhide rug. I got ours from Home Decorators. I do not care for the fringe. But you have to be happy. Hope you find what you like. I agree I would want SOME rug to ground the space.

  13. PS, it is 4:25 on Mon. and I can't find the party yet:)

  14. Love the cowhide rug Marty...I think you are right...the two rugs are putting their boxing gloves on! I do love the plaid rug in the kitchen too!....See you tonight!

  15. I think you need a rug under the table, just my opinion! i gree the sisal rug without the fringe would look good. Don't we all have an opinion?? We gals are full of ideas!!