How to Make A Discount Rug Work Like A Boss | ORC Week 2
I’ll share a secret, if you promise not to tell.
Before I started writing this post, I had some girlfriends come over for a preview of my little room. I know the room is supposed to stay under wraps until the big reveal, but I really needed to know what was on their minds.
What I learned, among other things, is that they know what they like and don’t like, but have no idea why. But more importantly, they know what they like, but can’t always figure out how to copy the look.
Huuuum. Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like my girls.
For those of you with your hands held high, take heart. I totally get it.
And to make this series worth your time, every single post will systematically work towards assembling this room. This way, the process can be copied any time and in any desired style.
Sound like a plan? 🙂
So let’s get started.
How to Make A Discount Rug Work Like A Boss: ORC Week 2
Disclosure: RugPadUSA sponsored this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Like all decor styles, eclectic traditional looks best when collected over time. And nothing brings the different styles together quite like layering. But given this, why do some rooms look like works of art and others like a garage sale gone bad? I mean, aren’t they both products of collecting and layering? 🙁
Sadly, yes, but seems there is a way to layer and a way not to layer. Because of this, I spent a good deal of time researching articles from some design experts and incorporated their wisdom into this plan. The way I figure it, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel, but there’s plenty reason to hopefully —just hopefully — avoid that whole garage-sale-gone-bad thingy.
So let’s have a look at the first couple of layers.
In case you missed Week 1, that post explained how this room went from crisis to canvas. The painting part of layer number one was all about creating a clean, fresh background to act as a backdrop for the furnishings. And so the walls and trim were painted a warm white.
Let There Be Light
Included in the first layering was “unlayering” the windows. Why?
To maximize the light coming in from the north-facing windows.
To add simplicity to the fresh and neutral backdrop the room so desperately needed.
And, to help anchor the fireplace as the focal point on this wall without competing with the fireplace or the furnishings.
Trouble at the Sixth Wall
After these changes, I must confess that the entire direction of the room wasn’t clear. I was struggling to find the mood board of my dreams. And trying to juggle the pieces I already had with items that needed purchasing was tossing me into a mindmelt. But somehow, just before absolute frustration set in and the “q” word (for quit) was entertained, I just went all Goldilocks. Remember her? She was the gal who tried all of the porridges before finding the one that was “just right.”
Well, turns out, Goldi had the right idea.
And so it goes that I tried several rugs with various colors, patterns, and textures only to realize that these rugs were. just. all. wrong.
They seemed to pull the eye down to the floor and separate it from the rest of the open space. Not just the space in the great room, but in the adjacent rooms, too. The problem with this is that the wrong rug could make the great room look even more cylindrical in shape by creating a sinking bottom. Or at least, this was my worry.
Lift Up Thine Eyes
And because of this, my gut instinct said to use a rug that would wrap the color from the walls and help to lift the eye up into the open two-story space.
Then, just before frustration gave into despair, I remembered a rug in my stash with a background that matched the new wall color (SW 6385 Dover White) almost perfectly. It was purchased to use in the sunroom before I went another direction.
Huuum. Don’t ask. Long story for another time.
Anyway, it has a super-tight weave for easy cleaning and fits the space as good as any standard, off-the-rack rug could. And the pattern includes the actual color of my beloved warm greige. Granted, this rug may not be perfect, but it is close enough. I could make it work.
And with this, the rest of the mood board became clear in my mind.
Pattern. What pattern?
As for the pattern, it will work like a solid. I know. This sounds like crazy talk, but it will all make sense when the furnishings are layered on top. Remember, the goal for this space is to maximize the use of the vertical space. For this to occur, the six walls (ceiling, four walls, and floor) need to blend and balance each other visually while remaining as neutral as possible.
Bring On the Lux
The last hurdle towards making this rug “work-like-a-boss” is comfort. With the tight cotton weave, it feels good to the skin, but is very uncomfortable on top of the hardwood floor. This is because it doesn’t provide any real cushion between the person and the floor. But no worries, here’s the fix.
Earlier in the year, I learned about a company called RugPadUSA and was thrilled to order a pad with super-cushion and super-grip.
If you look on their website, they have any kind of possible rug pad you could want, including pads with a special lining to protect pet accidents or other spills from penetrating to the hardwoods. They also have any thickness and size you could possibly imagine. Basically, everything is custom selected from an array of preset options on the menu.
So here’s how it works.
Buy and bring home a rug you love.
Roll it out completely flat and measure the rug in at least 3 to 4 places for width and 3 to 4 places for length.
Select the smallest measurement for width and length.
Go to the website and enter the measurements with your favorite pad choice.
RugPadUSA will make the pad to fit your rug and ship it to your door.
I chose the Superior Lock for hardwoods with a 1/3″ cushion in a rectangle shape. It fits perfectly and gives the rug a little lift, sort of like the difference in lined and unlined draperies. You know how a good lining adds so much body to the featured fabric?
Now, my rug looks more expensive and is super comfy underfoot. Plus, the pad has a 20-year warranty. Seriously. 20 years. I’m thinking that this pad will be here for the next great room refresh.
But like I noted earlier. Another story for another time. 🙂
End of Week 2 Progress
So here’s where we are at the end of Week 2. The rug is centered in front of the fireplace and the big pieces of furniture have been moved into place. The sitting area is defined by the rug and the room’s boundaries (on the sides without walls) by the sofa table and side table.
Refinished Sofa Table
The sofa table makeover was the first project completed. To see the tutorial, please click here.
Next week begins the layering of small furniture pieces and accessories. For Week 3, the post will feature ways of buying, making, and upcycling wall art. Among the ideas is this piece that was actually hand painted to new colors. If you’d like to check out Week 1 and the Project To-Do List, please click here.
As always, many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this event on her blog. Thanks also to the ORC media partner, House Beautiful and to all of the wonderful sponsors. We are thrilled to share this journey with you!
But –for now–thanks so much for stopping by!