Hey Guys! I’m FINALLY getting around to writing the post about our rug situation! Life has been a little crazy around here with school starting back (who can relate??) But I wanted to first start off by showing you what the rug was before.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED this rug when we got it. It’s a jute rug with a chenille herringbone/zig-zag pattern and it was perfectly neutral that helped to blend in with all of my decor. The price was also right because if you’ve ever gone searching for an 8 x 10 rug, you know they can be SUPER pricey. But more on that later.
So now here are the cons:
1) We noticed that after a while, the rug began to stretch and lose its shape. Granted this might have been avoided with a rug pad. Maybe. On the side of the rug near the fireplace, it began to warp out in the middle making it look really weird.
2) Because this is the most used room in our house, the rug saw a lot of traffic. And it showed. Especially the area around our couch and love seat. The white/ivory chenille fabric started to look not so white and ivory anymore. Also the jute really started to fray and look beat up.
3) It is hard to clean. Maybe I should have done a little more research on the cleanability of a jute rug before we got it. But it was sooo pretty and jute rugs were all the rage and it was so “natural!” So we got a rug that would end up looking horrible and not fit our needs in a few years.
You know how they say a baby changes your whole perspective on life?
It’s totally true. Especially when it comes to rugs. (Am I right moms!?) And with a baby who is learning to walk and falling all over the place, the right rug is very important.
So here is the last con:
4) It is not soft. Ok so maybe the chenille fabric at the beginning was a little bit soft to the touch, but that didn’t last long. And with a baby learning to walk, a rug with some extra softness and cushion is really what we needed. (When we got the rug a few years ago, we weren’t thinking about babies – but maybe we should have!)
So after being fed up with how dirty our floor looked all the time and seeing my son trip up on this hard scratchy rug, I decided to just bite the bullet and get a new rug.
So then I started thinking about our needs:
- It needs to be soft and not too thin. (We were getting a rug pad this time around too)
- It needs to be able to be cleaned easily and hide stains that come with having a little boy
- It can’t be outrageously expensive (real life here!)
- And I want it to be classic and pretty
So here are some screen shots of rugs I found for inspiration:
First of all, I knew I wanted to add a rug with some blue in it to match the other blue accents in my living room. I loved these rugs that I found because they had a more classic pattern and design but with a more muted modern feel to them. I loved the sort of faded/left out in the sun too long look. BUT if you happen to look at the prices of these rugs, then you’ll realize why I only used these for design inspiration because there is NO WAY I could afford these on our budget. Don’t get me wrong, a nice rug (in a well used room) is worth the investment because in a lot of ways, you get what you pay for, but I also wanted to be smart about it and be able to feed my kid.
So I decided to look at Lowes Home Improvement’s website and I found this rug:
This is an allen + roth rug that looked a lot like the rug I found on the Magnolia website. I thought it was classic looking and it had a nice faded quality to it.
So when I got to Lowes and looked at it in person, I realized that even though I wanted it to work SOOOO bad, it was actually a little too turquoise for me. On the website, it did not look turquoise AT ALL, but I couldn’t deny it in person. I kept going back to it and trying to make it work in my head (like that’s going to somehow magically change things). Also the lighter parts of the rug that look maybe like a tan in the picture are actually a yellowish orange. Because I have tan walls in my living room, the yellow wouldn’t have worked at all.
So I kept looking.
After forcing myself not to look at the beautiful ivory rugs (which would have looked clean for 0.2 seconds) I found this one.
If I was purely looking online, I would have NEVER chosen this rug. Online it looks dark and it gets kind of lost. You also can’t really tell that the background color around the corners is actually a blue color.
But when we looked at a smaller version of this rug in the store, we realized it was actually pretty perfect! The brown in the rug looks great with our brown leather sofas and the subtle blue ties in perfectly with our pillows and blue accents. In a perfect world, I would love to have lighter color furniture to make this space feel brighter, but I think this was the perfect compromise for what we are working with right now. (I would have loved to have one with a little more fade to it too but I think its fine) PLUS it is extremely soft and very easy to clean!!!! Also the price was right on point!
So just to recap:
- Don’t put jute/chenille rugs in high traffic areas or under babies that are learning to walk
- Do your research before buying a rug. There are so many different types so make sure you are getting the right one that fits your needs
- You might not need to take out a loan to get a beautiful well made rug. Don’t forget to look at your local home improvement stores (although if you have the means to get that Magnolia rug – GO FOR IT! )
I hope this helps for any of you looking to buy a rug or wondering what kind of rug might work for you (especially if you have kids!) Also if you know any magical special tips that I could have used with my jute rug, let me know!