Well, another layer has been added to our dining room and it’s just perfection! The braided jute rug that was in the dining room worked because it was neutral, but it was a little bit boring. If you’ve been with me on this blog long enough, you know that rugs are my nemesis! It’s so hard to find one that works. It’s not too loud, not too boring, it’s the right material, colors, patterns, etc. And, rugs are typically investment pieces, so there is pressure to get the decision right.
This rug is from the upcoming (June 2019) Mark Sikes collection for Dash & Albert and it is the perfect solution for my dining room…
(I’ll share more about Mark’s collection in another post, but everything is so beautiful. It’s traditional without being tired and there is lots of blue & white, so it is right up my alley!)
Anyway, it’s still a braided jute rug, but the checkered pattern gives it lots of visual interest. I gravitated towards that pattern because of the mural, which has a bit of a Rufus Porter feel to it. In many images I’ve seen of Rufus Porter murals, they are accompanied by a wood floor painted in a checkerboard pattern. To me, this rug mimics that, emphasizing the traditional (and a hint of historic) feel of this space.
I had a 6 x 9′ rug in there but was able to just fit an 8 x 10′, allowing for a little more room around the chairs and for the front feet of the buffet to sit on the rug, which looks nice.
This room was one that had me stumped when we first moved in. I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever love it, but I LOVE this room. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I had to get creative. I had boundaries that forced me to make bolder decisions. In my last house, the dining room was just beautiful all on its own. It had amazing light, big windows, corner cabinets, old raw oak wood floors. I could just put a neutral color on the wall, fill it with a few pretty pieces of furniture, and that was enough. This room needed more thought to make the boxy, dark room something special.
And this rug is definitely the icing on the cake.
You can see more of my dining room makeover by checking out these posts…
And, just for fun, here are some before & after pictures. The before pictures were taken a couple of months after we moved in. The only change we had made at that point was hanging the chandelier.