I have somehow escaped buying rugs my entire time in NYC. Growing up in California carpet was the norm so I have always managed to decorate without them. It has always just seemed like an additional cost and, if the floors look nice, why cover them up? Below is a photo of the living room in our last apartment:
We have slowly been putting together our new place after moving in February. Chaotic post move photos here. As you know, step number one was painting the bedroom. A close second was searching for a few rugs since this building is older and requires 80% of the floor to be covered. Sure sure, rugs add warmth and texture. They just seem so expensive and prone to stains- especially since I’m drawn to light colored varieties. Naturally, my first step was to create a "Rugs" board on Pinterest.
This one seemed like a good option but there was something I didn’t love about it…
I absolutely love this rug but could only find it in blue at the time which really doesn’t go with our current furniture.
I actually really like this ikea rug but the texture didn’t seem to fit with our other furniture, much less a future crawling baby truelove.
Of course, I love Madeline Weinrib rugs but they are quite out of our budget.
J didn’t like the below- too frilly:
I really wanted to keep things on the light side since the living room walls are painted a khaki color and we aren’t going to be able to paint them. And size was a factor too- we needed more than a cute 5x8 or a runner in this space.
Then, I was thrilled to find this one!
What do you think?
I found that the rugs on overstock.com were consistently cheaper (and sometimes exactly the same) as on other sites I checked so we snapped this one up on sale (no sponsorship, just lots of searching;).
We’re still getting settled and what you don’t see in this photo is all the baby gear and boxes pushed to the side. But I am really excited that the living room has pretty much come together thanks to this and our little Ikea quick fix. I like comparing our new setup to the old. As we figure out the rest of the apartment I’ll share more about how we switched things up in the new place (while adding a baby space of course).
ps- I also spotted a fun rug round-up on Decor8 today!