To Rug or Not To Rug….
That is the question I get asked a lot. And I gotta say, it’s probably one of the easiest (for me) to answer. I love rugs….they are warm, inviting. They tell a story in their colors, in their weaves, in their patterns. I am a huge fan. Love me some really good rugs!
But recently I have been opting out of using them in dining spaces. This is a less traditional approach to the norm…usually a dining room has a beautiful table and chairs, gorgeous chandelier, draperies and a really amazing rug. But as people’s needs have changed, so have their homes. I have very few friends who keep a traditional dining room anymore. A first floor play room is much more functional than a place to sit and eat but once a year. So on the occasion that I am asked to design one, I perseverate over every tiny detail, including the rug.
The last few projects I have designed, I have chosen not to include a rug in the dining room. While the argument can be made that a rug warms the room and without it, it looks bare. I feel that a bare floor is beautiful. The window treatments can be their own statement and the table and chairs with the chandelier can create that warmth. Sometimes I even choose to invest in different chairs instead of a rug to create a whole new look. I always try to remember it’s more about who is around the table and what you are eating than what is covering the floor!
I have attached a few pics from some of the dining rooms I have done…they are rugless, bare floored beautiful rooms. I will share more from the house in Nantucket when I install next week and then from Palm Beach project when that installs later next month.
Above is a really traditional older table that came with really high backed dark wooden chairs. It was a heavy look for a beach house. So we opted for the Ikea lucite chairs which added a more modern feel. No rug. Just really lovely white linen sheers at windows.
This client came from a very traditional space…mahogany table and traditional chairs, mahogany sideboard, large crystal chandelier. We opted for a more clean and sleek look in her home with a nod to the traditional. We kept her table, updated her chairs, removed the sideboard and went for an open shelving unit. We switched the crystal chandelier for a simple drum with two similar sconces. And at the windows a very pretty awning strip silk with some embroidery on very simple rod. No rug. Showing off those beautiful hardwoods!