The other day, I asked the MR what our colors for the great room should be. He didn’t have a clue, and in all honesty, I’m not much better.
While I like vibrant color, the MR leans more toward neutrals. I like lots of pattern and he gravitates toward plain and clean lines. Have you heard the old adage that opposites attract? We’ve agreed that a neutral palette would probably work best with the view. That way the walls recede and mountains and valley become the focal point.
God paints a sunrise more beautiful than any color we could choose.
That being said, we’re still trying to figure out the whole color scheme, but that doesn’t mean we have to have a total plan before we buy anything. That’s the place I get caught up in. I want the whole plan before I start, so I can stay on track and not make mistakes, but that’s just not how life works.
So when Joss & Main had a screaming deal on area rugs, I decided to go for it. A beige-tone rug would add some warmth and softness to the dining room without forcing us in a particular color direction. If the MR truly hated it, I could always move it to the sewing room, or the guest room, or even sell it on Craig’s List. Mistakes can be remedied; I need to get over the quest for perfection.
For $104 and some change, I picked up a 6’7″ x 9’6″ rug. It arrived in less than a week and even came with free shipping.
Since it’s an indoor/outdoor rug, It’s meant for heavy use, and all that sunshine shouldn’t fade it too quickly. We have dogs, we have kids, and we eat in our dining room. I didn’t want to spend a thousand dollars on a rug and worry every time we sat down for a meal. Life’s too short to freak out about spills.
So now, we no longer simply have dogs and beach towels decorating the floor of our dining room.
We’ve added pattern, texture, and a little warmth to the space with our new rug. It even matches my green eyes without being too wildly patterned for the MR.
Eventually, the rug will lay flat and we’ll remove the cans. Since the sun was going down, here are a few more views with better color.
It’s nice to have different hues in this sea of white. The floors are heated, so we don’t really need a rug for warmth, but it breaks up this huge expanse of tile and gives the dining room a more finished look.
You may be noticing a pattern. If you go to Europe for two weeks, your wife may get bored and go shopping–a lot. Don’t worry, my purchases still cost less than the fancy shoes your co-workers picked up in Paris.
Of course, the dining room is far from done. We still need a larger table. It’s funny how the table that filled the space at our last house looks so tiny here. I’d also like to add some color to the back of the china cabinets. I think it would set off the decorative items and add interest.
Until then, I’m liking the new rug and hoping the puppy only wants to lay on it.
How have you added color and life to your dining room?