It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to wax lyrical about a rug. Probably since we bought the one for the kitchen? Right? Yes. I bring this up because I recently did some poking around on Chairish, a site for buying and selling cool vintage wares, and found A RUG. It even fits with the pink streak I’ve been on lately, which is funny. Since this is clearly where my brain is going now, I thought I’d go ahead and build a room around it–mainly to practice for the inevitable moment when the hue creeps into our decor. (We have literally zero pink things right now.) Let’s take a gander!
>> Now THAT is a floor covering. Since it’s so bold, I knew I wanted to do a couple of things right off the bat: keep the furniture sleek and minimal, and focus on a simple color scheme. I also imagined it going into a little space, not just because the actual rug is only 42″, but because I think something like this works better on a smaller scale.
>> Okay, that furniture. I love all of it. The tulip table above is IKEA, but similar ones are easy to find in other sizes (if needed) if you google around. I like the look of white and wood together, so I nodded to all of the warm colors in the rug with the chairs and credenza. If you’re using something dramatic like I am, go ahead and use said thing as the launching pad for all of your other colors. It will make your life easier.
>> The rug is the star here, but I wanted one more pattern in the space for balance. The West Elm curtains relate to the blue chairs and the darker neutrals in the rug, which makes them blend a little more instead of being like, “HEY GUYS I’M THE CURTAINS.” It’s okay to have them call your name a little, but you don’t want them screaming in your face.
>> The snazzy light fixture and brass plant holders repeat the circular theme we get from the table and rug (which I know is an octagon, but it’s round enough). If you have eclectic taste like I do, a trick to make things feel cohesive is to repeat the same shape several times. Repeating colors works the same way, hence the blue and wood tones popping up a lot here.
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 100 times: I hope midcentury modern is a trend that never dies. I know it will, and I’ll cry bitter tears on that dark day, but if I could be in charge of design in the universe MCM would never be uncool. Tapered legs 4eva. So how do you feel about working some pink into your house? Or tossing a bold rug onto the floor? Have you ever been caught off guard by something unexpectedly appealing to you? (Of course you have. Was it also pink?)
This post was done in cooperation with Chairish.