Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vote for Your Favorite: On the Floor

Now that I've at least figured out the lighting and the feature wall design for my office makeover, I'm moving on to the floor. Frankly it is an area I tend to neglect by leaving it bare. But I remember a designer once saying that the floor is as important to "decorate" as the walls of a room, and so I'm trying to reform my ways.

Thus...the following images are ideas I'm tossing around for a rug design. I'm considering a variety of patterns and textures, and have ambitious plans to craft a 4x6 floor covering myself using a common rug pad and some cotton yarn.

And as with the walls, I could use a little guidance. I'll start with texture options, and then move onto patterns.

The first texture option is one
I'm definitely interested in--a basic shag. I feel that it would coordinate well with my retro theme, and provide some visual interest. However, I'm not sure it would add enough textural contrast between the carpet (which has a medium loft) and the rug. What are your thoughts? Do you like the shag style?

The second texture option is braided and/or woven. I Love the above rug from Room and Board, and could probably experiment with the braiding technique. This option is decidedly less "fluffy," but perhaps more sturdy. Do you have a preference?
Moving on to pattern, I have a few ideas I'm tossing around. For instance, this first option, above, incorporates my "chandelier" design in the flooring (I opted out of this motif for the walls in favor of interlaced circles). I'm not sure it would translate well onto a rug, but I'm certainly open to trying if it's a favorite!

Or I could introduce some stripes into the room. For this design I would use a combination of salmon, brown, and ivory--with perhaps a few thin stripes in additional colors just for variety. Stripes are admittedly common, but also timeless. And definitely they would make for easy construction.
Finally I could opt for something very basic. These circles are quite similar to those that will go on the wall, and overall this style is minimal. Most likely the dominate color would be a salmon pink (mainly because that is the color I have the most yarn in...), but the colors for the other features could be changed for other choices.

Noticeably absent in these choices is a traditional Persian style (because frankly I think I'd be out of my design league on that!) and a floral motif (although you might be able to talk me into the latter).

So what do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on which texture and which pattern you like the best! As always, thank you for your creative input! I look forward to hearing from you!



  1. I like the braided with the circles theme. Much more simple and classic. I think the other stuff would be FAR too busy for what you're doing on the walls.

  2. Thanks for your input, Kerri. I'm definitely thinking that simple is better....

  3. I agree with Kerri. Given the size of the room and what you need/want to have in it, rug-wise I think less is more.

  4. That's two votes so far for "simple"....


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