How floors can give your room new life

With our lives becoming busier and busier, quite often my clients prefer the serenity of neutral walls.
 But add neutral walls to neutral furnishings and your room
can begin to resemble the local furniture showroom.

How to add some interest?

Boldy patterned/colored area rugs offer up a perfect solution.

This dining room is one of my all-time favourites,
comfortable and welcoming, a tough of whimsy, nothing too precious -
a place to relax and spend an evening.

traditional carpets add a more subtle layer of pattern...

but the overdyed versions are spectacular!

bold florals and patterns working their magic

Stripes: one of a designer's secret weapons!
Stripes lead the eye wherever you like -
on the floor they are great for adding width to a narrow space, or defining a focal point.

I even like a spot of plush outdoors, although this would never survive our climate.

What if you like the look but don't have room in the budget, or don't want to make a major investment because of kids, dogs, etc...?

Carissa of The Fabulous Design File has a fab diy addressing this.

She painted a regular carpet - 
something I've just recommended to another client who needs some pattern on the floor,
but has a large dog and has to replace carpeting fairly frequently.

images via:top 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

I'm going to attempt this for my own office -
(show you when I'm done)
where two chocolate labs are always lounging at my feet :)

what about you?

Would you use a bold carpet?

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Nette @ This Dusty House said...

I would! We ended up with extremely neutral walls in our living/kitchen area -- we have learned we're not so good at picking paint colours -- so a bold rug would be a wonderful solution. I love that first one particularly. Or the turquoisy-green one. Actually, almost any one of them would be perfect!

Unknown said...

Fabulous post and I so agree- a good rug can totally change a space. I'm on the hunt for one for my kitchen and would pretty much kill for an antique Persian- they're so $$$ though:(

Giulia Doyle said...

I would love to have rugs. I have not been able to commit and spending even $300 makes me step back with two kids under four and 2 cats that like to pull at carpets.
I would also love to put a hide under our dining room table as they seem to stand up to a lot of dirt, but when it comes down to spending dollars I never get to the rug ;(

Unknown said...

a million times YES!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I love all those bright rugs. It would have to be front of mind when you went shopping because it would be easy to be scared by all the bright colours.

Heather (love your space) said...

GREAT images, as usual. I'm totally a rug gal--in fact, someone recently came to my house for the first time and said, "so you're a total rug person, huh?" Luckily, I've collected them over the years, plus have made great use of overstock and HSN to fill in the blanks.

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

You just amaze me. Every post. Gorgeous!

lisaroy said...

great post with some amazing examples! I've had a striped durie for a few years which I love but have never had anything really colourful and patterned.
I just stumbled upon your blog and it's lovely :)

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

this is spectacular indeed! love all images. love the pattern and the mix of colors. great job and thanks for sharing :)

InteriorGroupie said...

ooooh love that first one too!

Kellie Collis said...

Loving the first one too and that one with the pillows on the floor! So gorgeous! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Absolutely fabulous post! Bright rugs are a must for me (Why not? They aren't permanent and they are an easy effective way of adding pattern and colour to a room). I am nuts over that turquoise overdyed rug!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Rugs are a wonderful way to add colour, pattern and personality to a neutral room. I love to use area rugs to add dimension and texture - there's nothing quite like the feel of delicious, layered softness underfoot!
Great post!

christine, just bella said...

How awesome would it be to have a rug like that outdoors!? You're so right, our climate would kill it.

Great post!

Toyin O. said...

These look great, thanks for sharing.

tina / half of what I say said...

What a great assortment of rugs. Right now I'm considering a Madeline Weinrib rug for my dining room, trying to decide which one will work best. My husband angsts over the kids spilling on it.

I've seen Carissa's rug in person, it is fabulous!

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Home and Carpet Pro said...

Great rooms! It's amazing to see the transformation of a room just by changing the flooring. Area rugs can be changed, hardwood can be layed and style can be added with a unique carpet. I will be laying bamboo in my master bedroom this weekend. I can't wait to see the change. Great post!

Heather (love your space) said...

Hey Anne Marie,
Just want to let you know I responded to your email on this topic. In the past, I think my emails have ended up in your junk box, so just letting you know to take a look there if you don't see a note from me. Hope it's helpful!


Barbara Matson said...

OK, I get the hint ;) My chocolate lab will love to lay on a new rug! I am going to check out Carissa's DIY job. How I wish I could spend $$$ and get a really awesome rug though!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Thanks so much for featuring my rug!

Gary said...

You've shown some great examples of how to "spice up" a room. Patterned area rugs and carpet are an easy addition.

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