The Rug Bug

Ahhh carpeting or rugs. Which one is right for you? Wall to wall carpet is certainly practical if you don’t have hard wood floors, or if your floors are beat up, and not in a shabby chic way. But area rugs are also nice. They come in many sizes and many prices. Plus, when you get sick of your area rug you can just roll it up and get another one. With carpeting it’s a bit more labor intensive and much messier, not to mention more expensive, usually.

When people install carpeting they usually go with a solid color. Why exactly that is I am not sure? I suppose if there was a pattern that went wall to wall that it might be overkill. Or maybe people just like solid olive green running through their rooms, that way it matches their drapes, and couch, and love seat, and tablecloth, etc.

The beauty of an area rug is that you have endless options of shapes and styles, patterns and prints. So even if all your furniture is olive green (ick), you can choose an area rug that will certainly match your style.

I like a nice geometric pattern myself. And again, there are literally thousands of options from about $180 to $1000+ for an 8 X 10 rug. Take a look below and see a few that I found. Remember, if your room is all beige (guilty) these little geometric designs can really add some pop without busting your budget.



Here’s what’s what:

A. This navy blue diagonal patterned rug is from One Kings Lane and is currently on sale for $509. This is right at the top of my price point but something about that blue really stands out as luxurious and rich.

B. A bright green indoor/outdoor area rug from Target for $199. This may be my favorite of the 7 choices from above. The bright green gives you a strong pop of color without being obnoxious. Plus, the price is great!

C. And while we’re already at Target here’s another choice by Room 365 for a bit more at $280. Similar to the color pop form the rug above, this choice also gives off a similar vibe. The overlapping octagonal white shapes make this area rug somehow feel very French. It is also available in 4 other color, Dark Blue, Gray, Yellow, and Surf.

D. Called the Mohawk Ziggidy, it feels decidedly native and, well, ziggity. The rug is only $180 at Home Depot. This busy rug might do better in a larger space where it has room to ‘breath’. I think if you try to put this in a small room it may end up taking over everything and become more of a distraction that a part of the space. But, if you have a larger room this can do wonders. It adds a lot of color and pattern that can really help out a dull room.

E. Okay I lied, this Pandora Flat-Weave area rug is the most expensive at $669, also from One Kings Lane. The large octagonal pattern almost looks like a honeycomb. Plus the three colors, gold, ivory, and lavender/gray, make a good combination to help set the shapes apart from each other.

F. Diamonds are forever, at least in interior design. This side diamond rug is only $299 from CB2. This is probably the most neutral of my choices and should work really well in a small space where you don’t want to feel crowded. It is a very simple pattern with a simple two tone color scheme that’s really all you need!

G. From Bed Bath & Beyond this is also a Mohawk Ziggity rug, but in a different color choice, and at a different price point of $250. If the bright reds and yellows from option D were too much for you, perhaps the more subtle blues are your cup of tea. Don’t forget your 20% off coupon to bring the price back down closer to option D’s!


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