My dining room has undergone a complete overhaul to be revealed after I finish a few little projects. (Curtains to be exact, and I believe I am going to use my DIY acrylic drapery rods again!) But I do want to address what has become quite a conundrum for me…deciding if I should have a dining room rug or not.
In my perfect home world, the answer is, of course! They look lovely, and add a layered element to a space.
Even though I am quite optimistic and a bit of a dreamer, I am also practical. And Practicality tells me a beautiful dining room rug with four children four years and under is no good. I imagine it would eventually look like the carpet in my vehicle which is in a sad, sad state.
Watch out though, people will tell you it is a good idea.
Oh, of course you can! You just need to get an all wool rug. Especially one with New Zealand wool, stains and spills come out of those wool fibers easily.
Let me share a picture with you, a picture from my past.
Welcome to the dining room in my previous home. Now this is staged to sell the house, so it looks way too catalogue-y for me, and way too absent of creativity. Nonetheless, this was my 100% wool rug for a few years, and it was a hot mess. Really, unless I scrubbed spots after every meal, it did not look good.
The next option you hear people discuss are jute or sisal rugs. I will say this for jute rugs, they are super durable, so in that aspect, they are an excellent choice. I like the neutral appeal of them also.
The deterrent is little crumbs love nothing more than to snuggle down in all of the crevices – big problem. I have a small sisal area rug, and I never feel it is totally clean. I have vacuumed with the hose attachment, and swept, to no avail. Even after I have attempted to ensure its cleanliness, I still sense something lingering there. It irks me.
So scratch that.
Another ever-popular idea is an indoor/outdoor rug like one of these from Ballard Designs. In your mind, you think, “Oh great! An indoor/outdoor rug will be super durable and easy to clean.”
And then you read how to clean it…with a hose and a scrubbing brush. Let me tell you, taking the chairs and table off of the rug, moving the rug outside, hosing and scrubbing it, moving it back inside, and putting the table and chairs back into place is not worth the “luxury” of having an indoor/outdoor rug. Pass for me.
FLOR tiles are neat, and I have always wanted to try them, but I feel they are a bit tricky. In my opinion, you would have to get the tiles with thicker piles to avoid them being too “executive office”.
One of my favorite FLOR tile patterns, called “Sophistikat”, is sadly no longer available. This is its replacement. As much as I like the concept of this particular design, the pile still doesn’t look right to me.
Of course, you can always go with no rug, which is what I have been sporting. By the way, I a-dore all of these rooms.
But I feel the room needs a floor covering. It just looks more finished to me. However, again, considering practicality, I need a rug aesthetically pleasing, one I can wipe quickly and painlessly. Just like the floor.
With this sentiment in mind, I had an idea while in a store a few weeks ago. And I am going to try it, and give you step-by-step instructions. It may be genius and look awesome, and it may not. That’s how design is. Even the most accomplished designers try something and take a different route if necessary at times. So…the good, the bad, and the ugly, you will see it.
Right here. Tomorrow. See you then.
P.S. My backup is one of these beauties from Dash and Albert. You can bleach them??!!