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Thinking About : Graphic Rugs

Graphic Rugs
We’ve been saving for a few months now and it’s getting closer and closer to shopping time for some new living room furniture!!! In case you couldn’t tell by the excessive exclamation marks, I can’t wait! If you remember from previous posts, our living room sofa and arm chair have seen better days. Now that kids are getting a little older we figure we can trust them not to puke or pee on our future new couch… we hope. I’ve posted before about dream sofas and chairs and now you get to hear about rug candidates too.

Our living room has recently been painted and now has dark teal walls set against dark woodwork. I knew that getting into the dark wall game meant adding more contrast to the room. Using colors like black and white as accents throughout the space and painting picture frames white give the space the contrast it needs. All of our pillows and throws are black, white, bold and graphic. Our current rug (Jorun from Ikea) is also, black, white and graphic, although it looks awesome in photographs it hasn’t held up too well. The furniture tends to stretch the rug out and it drives me crazy when the edges don’t run parallel to the wood flooring. I am obsessed with straightening it out and I pick at it all day long. I love our graphic chevronesque black and white rug and it’s replacement needs to be just as awesome while having the ability to hold its shape for this highly used area.

Souk Rug from West Elm
I love, love, L O V E this rug! I’ve admired it for a year now and I just can’t get over it. It’s just so pretty and perfect. This would be my living room rug in a second if it wasn’t for those kids who have a crazy ability to stain almost anything in our house. The pristine white would really lighten the space and everything would be perfect. It’s probably not meant to be, but I do love it so.
Shoowa Rug from Room and Board
This is an expensive one, but a good one. I really like the indigo blue against the creamy white and I could see it looking fantastic in a space that had neutral walls but needed more color. I had to include it in this post because it’s pretty good, right? For instance, I think this rug could look great under our dining room table giving reference to the blue walls in our living room, but I don’t think it would work in our living room unless I really wanted to be the crazy lady with all the blue everything!
New Anatolian Tulu from Kilim.com
Don’t you love this?! I would seriously consider a kilim rug like this for our living room. I love the look of kilim rugs and I can’t resist a good triangle. Unfortunately, the shape of this rug (apprx 4’x6′) is not what I’m looking for in our living room. That being said, I’m sure with a little bit more looking I could find something similar that could fit the shape of our space much better. Do you think I could live with a rug that was not perfectly square on all sides? For this, I would consider it.
Hayden Zig Zag Rug from Pottery Barn
This rug is really cool, I really like the pattern, and chevron is still pretty hot right now. However, I don’t think there is quite enough contrast for me. This rug would look super good in a living room with white trim. The trim would provide the contrast and the rug wouldn’t have to be so bold. So go ahead and think about it for your space, all you white trimmed wall people ;)
Kite Kilim Rug from West Elm
This totally reminds me of the rug we currently have in our living room and I’m sure it would work well in the space. I don’t know if I want to get something so similar to what we have now, I like the idea of shaking things up a bit. This rug is a 80/20 wool cotton blend, much nicer quality than our current rug, and handmade too. Based on the price I would hope this rug wouldn’t lose it’s shape like our old Jorun rug from Ikea does now. Definitely something to consider.
Stockholm Rug from Ikea
Who doesn’t love the Stockholm Rug from Ikea?? I wanna marry it every time I see it, and I think I it would look pretty good in my living room too. Seriously, have you ever seen a space that this rug didn’t look awesome in? I’m gonna think about this one, hard.

Okay, so now you know that I am no closer to making a decision then when I started. I seriously love the heck out of that Souk Rug and I would be super happy it if my kids could just not be so dirty all the time. Maybe I can buy new bubbles for my boys and I wouldn’t have to worry about them and all their dirty stuff, then I can get this rug. I think that seems like a cool idea, don’t you?

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  • jessica February 6, 2013

    I’ve been thinking so hard about the Stockholm rug as well. It just looks so darn great! But what about the quality? I haven’t read any reviews regarding that yet.

    • Scoops February 6, 2013

      Yeah, I don’t know about that. The other thing about it, is that in person the white is more of a cream color and I don’t know how I feel about that either. I do really like it a lot when I see it others homes. Someday I’d like to have one somewhere in our house.

      I’ve had a few Ikea rugs and they have only ever hold up about 2 years before they start looking old. I bet that’s probably true for this one too, but I can’t say for sure.

  • Abby February 6, 2013

    I like #1 but, with kids, #4 & 5 would probably be best!
    LOVE your design esthetic, no matter what you choose!

    • Scoops February 6, 2013

      Thanks Abby! We will see, I really want to learn more about #1, my hope is that there is a review out there, or a blog post somewhere that tells me that the rug is invincible and kids can’t hurt it :)

  • Melissa February 6, 2013

    I also had been O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with Souk rug from West Elm – when it first came out I showed it to my husband as often as he’d let me to try to sweeten him on it since he tends to hate rugs. Months and months I told him I wanted it and he finally caved and gave me a gift cert o West Elm for my birthday so I trekked down to my closest West Elm at the time (hour drive) to make sure I liked it in person and boy am I SOOOOO glad I did. After almost a year of loving that rug and wanting it more than anything I suddenly hated it in person. It felt really gross and I couldn’t imagine walking on it nor would my fancy vacuum like it. I have an Ikea sheep skin that is plush and lovely and soft to the touch, now imagine this rug as total opposite to that! It is “syntheticy” and feels like a coated grimy dirty rug. It is plush but not in any good way, it’s sort of like a coarse dirty dog feel and I personally can’t imagine stepping on that all the time. It also looks like it wouldn’t be all that easy to clean or vacuum – something that is very important when you have kids and pets. My suggestion is to high tail to your closest store to feel it before the hassle of shipping and returning…

    • Scoops February 6, 2013

      Oh no! Really? Ha, I am the same way, I show my husband the rug every chance I get too. This is good information to know!, there’s a West Elm not to far from our house and I should head over there sometime and look at it in person. There never seems to be a good time to get there with the kiddos around.

      I need to know, what did you get instead? I’m super curious.

      Also I wonder if this one would be any better from Rugs USA

  • Melissa February 6, 2013

    Also good rug pads do wonders for keeping rugs in place, I used to constantly adjust our living room rug to match up with the lines in the floorboards as well cause it drove me nuts when it was skewed but a rug pad under made lay flat and stay in place!

    • Scoops February 6, 2013

      Something to consider, I do have cheapo rug pads under the rug right now, but it doesn’t seem to help, obviously. I also think it’s more a matter of the rug stretching with the furniture, not just slipping on the floor, if that makes sense.

      Thanks for all your feedback :)

  • me oh my i love that kite kilim rug.
    for some reason i always go for the tan or white or jute rugs and end up regretting it after less than a year. i need me some more kilim in my life with darker colors that won’t show dog throw up stains and dirty baby hand prints.

    • Scoops February 11, 2013

      Ha, our pets are the same way! When the cats have to puke they find the nearest rug and go to town.

      I really like the idea of getting a dark kilim rug too, I’ve never had one before but I totally love the patterns and shapes. Especially a light pattern on a dark background like the one I featured in the post. I’m for sure going to do some more searching before I make a final decision.

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