Over the past several months I have been searching high and low for the perfect area rug for our main living space. Recently vintage area rugs have become all the rage and in true blogger fashion, I have had my heart set on one for some time but let’s face it, buying an area rug sight unseen is no easy task. If you are anything like me then you do countless hours of scrolling through the deepest pages of the web looking for the perfect specimen. That being said I have definitely put in tons of research hours.
Most of the vintage rugs you see today are multicolored with a Persian-esqe feel and that alone can terrify some people. For one as far as mainstream design goes we are just now coming out of the “everything neutral” period and throwing color smack dab in the middle of your home can be downright scary! Today I am going to show you some gorgeous neutral vintage area rugs that will give you the exact same feel without sending yourself into shock from all of the color.
Several months ago we got the ball rolling in our living room and if you have been following for a while then you have heard me discuss the 2017 rug debacle. You see I myself thought that I could throw a gorgeous bright colored rug down and be perfectly happy with it but the truth is no matter how many I have tried, it just feels completely foreign to me. Is it because I don’t like color? No way, in fact, I am just the opposite and have a very eclectic style that lends itself to more of a modern glam feel, So in my book color is good!
The problem was the fact that I thought I had to have color at all, you can still get the same feel with a neutral rug and that does not mean you are skipping out on style because some of these beauties are absolute show stoppers.
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After searching for what seemed like a month for the perfect vintage rug it finally dawned on me that it didn’t have to be perfect, it only had to work and provide one of the elements that I needed in the space. Now what I mean by work is I need it to work with the aesthetic of the room. Purchasing an area rug is a big deal and I understand totally that every one of us deep down just want to end up with the perfect rug but at the same time, we all need to remember that the rug is just one element in the big scheme of things.
So when we stop looking at the rug itself and start looking at the space as a whole, how big of a role does the rug really need to play? Do you really need pattern, color, and texture or just one of those? This is where I think we overthink things and make design harder than it has to be.
The fact of the matter is that as much as I would love a bright pink rug with hints of navy, I know myself and I know that in three months when I am ready to swap out the pillows I will be kicking myself for narrowing my options. And I can give my home the same feel with any one of the rugs in this post and still be able to switch things up when I feel like it, without having to purchase a new rug.
After finally deciding that I did not need some crazy pattern crazed, multicolored rug for it to look amazing in our living area I was able to clear my head and start looking for what could actually work in the space and would leave me with tons more options in the future and that was a neutral vintage rug! It does not have to check off every single design element on the list and it does not have to be some $3000.00 “perfect rug”! It simply has to look good in our home and serve its purpose.
So if you are currently stressing because the perfect rug seems just out of your reach, then try to clear any preconceived thoughts you may have when it comes to rugs in design. What do you really need from the rug? Do you want a pop of color or do you just need an extra layer of texture? By doing this you can make the process of purchasing a new rug much easier and save yourself some time and headache.
Once we make our decision I will be sure to let you all know which one we choose. Don’t forget to show some love by pinning the image below.