Happy 2011 friends! After a wonderful Christmas break, I (Lisa’s sis Laura) am back with your Friday Simplified Decorating tips. Let me be honest, January is always a dreaded time of year for me when it comes to decorating. Taking down my Christmas decorations makes my home appear a bit naked. All of the lights, sparkle, greenery and ribbon add additional depth and without them some rooms seem down right sad. So what can we do to liven up those sad rooms and add some additional layers (without keeping up the tree all year)?
Answer: AN AREA RUG
Area rugs have many many functions. In addition to adding visual interest and texture to a room, they can help define a space, cover worn or stained flooring, and even provide additional seating (or laying space in my house). Look at the difference a rug made in 2 rooms in my house:
Generally, you should start with a rug as the foundation of your room and build your layers on top of it. I did not do this with my girls shared bedroom and have struggled to find the right rug. I finally found this beauty from Urban Outfitters for $48. I purchased it online so it’s a little darker than the wall color, so I’m going to pull in some accents of that darker shade in some new throw pillows and window treatment details (I’ll post that when I’m done).
So if a few of your rooms need a little extra UMPH!! here are a few tips:
1. Choose the appropriate type of rug for your lifestyle. If you have small children and pets, then a $2000 white rug is probably not a wise investment. The rug I purchased for the girls’ room is a thin mat-type rug, but it was going over carpet in a kid’s room and I felt it was the right choice.
2. Measure and make sure the rug is the proper size for the room. You’d think this is a given but so many people buy rugs that are too large and go wall-to-wall, OR they purchase a rug that is too small and looks out of place. I’d rather see a room with no rug at all, than one that is too small. The rug should anchor and support the room, not distract from it.
3. Be creative in your searching. You know I rarely pay full price and LOVE a good bargain. So know the size, color and material you’re looking for and check Craigslist, ebay, discount stores like HomeGoods and the sale section of your favorite websites like Pottery Barn.com. I found some great clearance rugs online this past week. Also, keep your eyes open for rugs that catch your eye. I found the rug in my girls room, featured in this month’s Country Living Magazine. I never knew Urban Outfitters had a home section, but now I know and I’m hooked! Their prices (especially on sale items) are phenomenal!
4. As always…DON’T BUY IT IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT. Just like with clothes or any other home purchase, if the color, size or style isn’t quite right, don’t buy it. If you don’t absolutely love it now, you never will. Be patient, you will find what you’re looking for!
Happy New Year and Happy Decorating! See you next Friday.