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get color no paint part two: area rugs

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time for the second post on how to bring in color when decorating without using wall paint! the first post was on wall decals check it here. the next 4 posts will be on using textiles (basically anything woven/cloth) including this one on area rugs!

whether its a shag, a turkish or something contemporary, area rugs can pull any room together adding color and coziness. in my place i used two colorful Anthropologie rugs that my mom was getting rid of as the color palette inspiration for our living area and office. we have hardwood floors (actually they’re laminate but you can’t tell) and the area rugs add a necessary softness and help to delineate the spaces (one under the dining table and one in the couch/coffee table area). however, area rugs can be used over wall to wall carpet as well! usually rentals come with less-than-lovely carpeting so using area rugs to cover them will add richness and texture.

often times people go for solid color area rugs, which is fine but make sure you have some pattern going on elsewhere unless you’re intentionally color blocking as part of your design schematic. if you want that solid rug, bring in pattern in upholstery, window treatments, pillows or wall art.

area rugs are one of the primary things i tell people to spend money on when decorating their place. usually buying new is better than vintage unless they’re in good shape and sans cat pee smell. but it doesn’t have to cost a lot! some of my favorite places to buy cheap rugs are Ikea (the black and white Ikea Stockholm Rand shown above looks great paired with colors, i used it to decorate a friend’s place recently), Overstock, Urban Outfitters, World Market, Pier 1, CB2 and Target. Anthropologie has some beautiful ones but they are a bit more pricey. you can also use outdoor rugs indoors for high traffic areas or if you have pets, etc. one of my favorite brands for indoor/outdoor rugs on-the-cheap is Mad Mats. they come in a variety of colors and patterns (like the pink turkish one above) and are all made out of recycled plastic! i have this aqua turkish one in my workout area and i love it!

sizing tip: go for a tad on the larger side, a tiny area rug can look a little sad and you can always tuck the excess of a larger one under a couch if it’s too big.

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