I love open plan living. It absolutely suits us as a family. A large space where we can all be doing our thing. Independently but together. It just works. The large kitchen/dining/sitting room leading on to the garden was the main thing that sold our house to us, although at the time, we could only visualise the space as we bought off-plan. We knew it had the potential to be the happy heart of our home and, eighteen months in, it hasn't disappointed. We cook in here, we eat in here, we put our feet up and watch TV in here, we read in here, and I'm even sat on the floor at the coffee table typing this post in here as my husband catches up on some work on his laptop at the dining table. Yes, we have a separate living room but even in the evenings, this room is mainly where we spend our time.
The only problem that we've faced though is how to zone these three areas. We want the room to flow but we also want each to have its own identity. With the kitchen and dining area, it's been quite simple. But the sitting area? Well, we've struggled a little. The sofas and the coffee table are colourful and practical but the large, pale tiles, while I love them, are not exactly cosy and inviting of an evening. And they almost make the sitting area look like it's something that's just happened rather than it being a cohesive part of the room.
You can see for yourself in the picture below. It's quite stark looking, isn't it? A minimalist's dream.
A couple of weeks ago, online rug store Benuta, asked if I'd like to take a closer look at one of their modern rugs, and it seemed like the ideal opportunity to give our sitting area a bit more of its own identity. After much debate (take a look at the immense amount of choice on the website and you'll understand why it took us ages to come to a decision), we opted for the Rug Liguria Multicolour. It wasn't our favourite rug, but it was our favourite for the space. The orange and pink pattern works perfectly with the other soft furnishings in the room and the grey (boring alert, here) doesn't show the dirt that comes with having two little boys (and letting those boys ride their bikes around the house ... bad mother, I know).
I've been massively surprised by how much difference the simple addition of a rug has made. It's added so much more colour to the entire room and this particular area now feels like it has a real function rather than it being stuck on to the end of the dining room. It really does feel like a proper living room, hence the reason I'm quite comfy on the floor now and using the coffee table as a makeshift office (don't worry, I'll put everything away before I go to bed so the boys don't get their sticky fingers on my laptop when they wake up in the morning). And talking about the boys, they adore sitting on the rug and watching Charlie and Lola while they're waiting for their dinner. They have cosy toes now, apparently. And you can't argue with that, can you?!
From a practicality point of view, the rug is made from polypropylene and has a very sturdy and robust finish. It's also fade resistant and easy to clean (a parent's dream, right?). The size that we chose is 200cm x 280cm and it's currently on sale for £194.95. Delivery is free on all orders over £100.
So Benuta gets a big thumbs up from my family. Do check out the site if you're looking for something to make your home feel cosier too. Honestly, the choice and affordability will blow your mind.
Disclaimer: Benuta kindly sent me this rug free of charge in exchange for an honest review.