Once upon a time, I never really understood the point of a rug. Why lay one form of flooring on top of another? What an odd thing to do. All that time, effort and expense to choose carpet, wooden flooring, or perhaps vinyl, and then you cover it up. Why?
Oh, how naive I was.
Nowadays, we have more rooms with a rug than we do without. I'm a complete convert. A rug is one of the best finishing touches you can buy for your home. The right one has the power to really bring a room together. It can add colour and comfort. It can define a space ... transform it, even.
This year, I'm working with online homeware store Wayfair as one of their Home Experts ... a group of bloggers with a love of interiors. For my first collaboration with them, they asked if I had a space in my home which would benefit from something special from luxurious rug brand, Safavieh.
And I absolutely did!
Have a look.
I absolutely adore the pattern and the wool is so soft - essential when you have little children as they often play kneeling or lying down on the floor. I love that the stripe is dark brown as opposed to black so it's a slightly gentler contrast. And the quality is phenomenal ... it's so plush.
The only problem I have is that it's such a large rug (it's 182 x 274 cm) that it's difficult for me to photograph in the room to give you a 100 percent view of how perfect it is. You'll have to trust me that it looks fantastic.
After initially planning to put the rug in our bedroom, I opened it up in our living room and completely changed my mind. It seemed well and truly at home there and when I rolled it up again, the space seemed so empty without it. So in the living room it stayed!
It really finishes off the room. I knew the living room was missing something and I didn't quite know what. The rug, despite being surrounded by more than a couple of colours and different prints, doesn't clash or overpower the space ... instead, it seems to tie everything together. Although, I will admit that my decor choices aren't necessarily for the colour or pattern averse ... not in this room, anyway.
What do you think? Are you brave enough to go bold?
If you'd like to see what the same rug looks like in a completely different room and setting, pop over to Old Fashioned Susie and see it in her gorgeous dining room. It looks amazing!