I begin searching for rugs that I liked. I knew I wanted a graphic print in a neutral color. I wanted to be able to switch up art or pillows without worrying about them clashing with the rug. This trellis one from Target kept popping up. If you remember a few months back I posted this picture on Facebook of the blue one.
I had bought it in 5x7 for the living rug but it was too small so it ended up going back. They didn't carry the blue in 8x10 yet. I checked Target's site every week hoping that they would eventually come to their senses and make this blue larger. There was a tan in 7x10 but I didn't want anything in tan. I wanted a contrast to the tan sectional. Target finally made the blue in the 7x10 online but something else happened. During a weekly Target run, I saw they now made a gray. I loved it. I was rug searching before I even began to really think about replacing the family room rug. Remember, I was supposed to be looking for a living room rug since that room doesn't have one yet.
I sold the old rug within days and I quickly picked this one up. I couldn't wait to try it out. It's like it was meant to be. The darker color grounds the space and the tan sectional pops right off of it. Just the right color and the pattern isn't too busy. It's a low pile but it's comfortable under foot and doesn't shed. The only thing is since it's darker, I can see the little fuzzies and random threads that get tracked onto it.
Since the main reason for replacing the rug was to remove the red, I thought the old red pillows needed to go too. I kept the chevron pillows and added a couple others. I wanted feather pillows with removable covers. Feather inserts can be pretty pricy but I trick I've learned is to hit up the clearance pillows in TJ Maxx or Marshalls. They always have feather pillows there for cheap. It may look weird to others that you have all these mis-matched pillows in your cart. Take the ugly covers off and put on your new covers. The yellow one is the original cover from TJ Maxx. When I bought it, I was intending to change it but liked the yellow contrast. The darker blue is a cover I got on etsy.
I still have plans to change the ottoman in here. We want a larger leather one with storage like this one but I was thinking a fabric one could be an option. I'd have to find the right pattern to not compete too much with the rug.
Let's look at the old rug and pillows:
And now the new:
I'm so glad we made this unexpected change. The room feels calmer and so much brighter even though the rug is darker and patterned. Now I'm still on the hunt for a living room rug. Hopefully there won't be any speed bumps along the way.
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