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by nwrugs October 15, 2015


Sometimes making a design decision can be a bit challenging. So every now and then we seek our fans' help in picking a rug for the space. Here we they have done such a nice job of balancing colors and creating a room with character and personality. But the wall to wall Berber carpet turns out to be a bit too bland and there isn't enough contrast with the chairs & sofa. Some depth and a little more contrast is needed, don't you agree? 

As the palette is fairly neutral almost any rug would work well - and that's the problem in this case - so many options. However, they really like this soft natural color scheme and want to keep it going rather than bring in additional colors. So really, the question is about what rug design to select. Here's another angle of the room. 

The overall style is contemporary with a little eclectic vibe. The rug selection includes transitional, traditional, floral, striped, and modern geometric designs. Which would you pick to finish off this comfy family room? 

First up, a traditional design with all the colors, an intricate pattern that will hide a multitude of sins ( everyone spills now and again). Also, there are a few extra colors that can be drawn out over time by switching out pillows, drapes and other accessories. This is "Emir" by Karastan.

Next we have a transitional piece with lots of character. A bit subtler than Emir, but with a similar but more updated vibe to it. "Anastasia" by Loloi Rugs. Again, all the colors with a couple extra for good measure.

Flipping to a couple bolder choices; a floral and a modern geometric pattern, both expertly crafted by Jaipur Rugs. The floral is from the "Blue Collection".

This bold, almost 3D, geometric pattern rug is from the "En Casa" collection designed by famous textile design Luli Sanchez. Either one of these two rugs would bring a dramatic element to the room.

The last possibility is "Ansley" by Tommy Bahama. It's a little rustic, casual without being too informal, and the lines, the irregularity of the stripes make it a bit softer than a more exacting set of stripes. 

All good choices, don't you think? But which one? How would you finish off this space? Share your choice and why you picked it in the comments below. Thanks for the help!

by nwrugs


January 15, 2016

The hosteny of your posting is there for all to see


January 15, 2016

It’s good to see someone thkining it through.


January 15, 2016

At last! Something clear I can unnarstedd. Thanks!


January 15, 2016

I’m not easily imrpessed but you’ve done it with that posting.


January 15, 2016

Your answer lifts the inleltigence of the debate.


October 18, 2015

I like simple geometric patterns, so the “En Casa” one is for me

Vikki Billings

October 18, 2015

I would choose the En Casa, it would add some color and shape to the room.

Patricia Delgado

October 18, 2015

I like the geometric patterns

Julie Waldron

October 18, 2015

I would choose the floral from the “Blue Collection”. It would match good because it has a lot of gray in it.


October 18, 2015

Floral from the “Blue Collection”


October 18, 2015

I like “Anastasia” by Loloi Rugs

Cynthia W

October 17, 2015

I would choose “Emir” by Karastan. I think the room could use a little bit of color and something a bit bold. Of the rugs shown (all of which are beautiful), I think Emir fits the space the best.

Karen Matlock

October 17, 2015

I think the Emir would be perfect. I thin the room needs a Bohemian touch, it’s too plain for me. The more patterns the better! Haha


October 17, 2015

I think the geometric pattern from en casa would be best

Val Fonseth

October 17, 2015

The floral and geometric pattern from the Blue Collection would tie in the slight outdoor feel currently in the room. The birds on the wall hanging and the pillow design as well as the “sun shape” mirror all say outdoors.

Sarah Morgan

October 17, 2015

I think going with the contrast of the room I would choose the BLUE BL65 Jaipur Rug. I think the rug captures a lot of the same colors as the room itself although modern I think the floral rug would make it stand out just a little bit more leaving it a great focal piece to the room. It’s extra bit of color will brighten up the room a bit. I really love this combination of the room & this rug. Perfecto!


October 16, 2015

I would choose the “En Casa”, I like how it is bold and draw attention to the center of the room.


October 16, 2015

Personally, I like the Ansley" by Tommy Bahama as a suggested rug as it would add a bit of color to the room.


October 16, 2015

I agree, Diana. Sometimes it’s hard to categorize a space by style. Here there’s a mix of new items (mirror, coffee table & lamp) and refurbished ones (small side table, bookcases & reupholstered furniture). It’s casual not formal. The furniture isn’t to my eye “modern” in the strictest sense, and the accessories are sort of in between. The furniture arrangement is traditional (symmetry) but the overall style isn’t. The colors are fresh, but again, don’t denote a particular style vibe. And, the whole mix just doesn’t quite qualify as eclectic either. It was a tough call on how to name it, for sure. So I figured contemporary was the safest bet. I think the rug they choose will tip the balance to a more definitive statement. So appreciate your comment. It’s these types of conundrums that make design both challenging and great fun. Cheers.

Diana S.

October 15, 2015

I don’t see this room as particularly contemporary in style. Depending on the personalities of the homeowners, I would go with either the floral or the Ansley. I love that the floral would add some color to the mix but if there are children or pets in the home, the Ansley would work much better at hiding stains. If the floral were the chosen rug, I would use some accent pieces in the soft yellow of the rug. The Ansley leans more toward blue or orange but a greenish teal would work too.
-Diana Slater at


October 15, 2015

I would choose the “Emir” by Karastan. I really like the colors, and I think it would bring out the colors in the room.

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