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Need a new rug - modern shag or low pile traditional/Solid or pattern?
November 30, 2013
I hope these photos are good enough. This room is a shared dining/living area. Currently I have an area rug underneath the dining table and another area rug in the living area. Neither of the rugs were purchased specifically for this space -- I have had them forever & that is why they were used. My goal is to get a large enough area rug for the living area and possibly get rid of the dining area rug altogether. The rug in the living area is 5'x8' and is too small. I believe I will need an 8' x 10'. The dimensions of the room are about 21' x 15' -- about 14' x 14' is used for the living space; the rest is used for dining space. Here is the dilemma: My very-opiniated husband wants a modern shag rug in a medium or dark grey tone, and while I like this idea, especially in large spaces, I believe it would add volume to an already cluttered room. I am leaning toward a lower pile area rug-- one that would look more elegant. I am not committed to either idea, however. Does anyone have any suggestions? Other notes: One wall is a light blue/grey. The other walls are off white (we are not even supposed to paint, but we did anyway). We also have 2 cats and I read that shag rugs are harder to keep clean that a lower pile rug. I don't mind the traditional looking area rug because we live in a pre-war apartment building (948 sq ft) with crown molding & coffered ceilings, so I think the look fits, we just need a larger rug. Basically all of the furniture in our space is a hodgepodge of stuff that my husband and I had prior to our marriage -- I think it is pretty obvious we have had no professional help. I also itching to get new dining room chairs -- the ones we have are too large & worked in our old apartment which was a huge renovated modern loft space. My feelings will not get hurt if there are any criticisms -- I just want ideas,, colors, suggestions. Thanks!