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Part VI: Rug + Room | Dining Rooms

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter how beautifully a room is designed, without a floor rug it just feels like something is missing. The perfect rug has the power to be a unifying force as well as a soft layer beneath your feet, and there are few rooms more demanding than the dining room. It’s a space that’s part cozy and part utilitarian which means the right rug needs to be as well.

The warm burgundies and golds in this fringed rectangular Karastan have just what the design doctor ordered, warm tones to pull together the floor and farm tables as well as some darker areas that will tie in those chairs.

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The right rug won’t stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll fit right in like a member of the family. This one is stunning, with plenty of grey to balance out those pops of vibrant color so that it won’t overwhelm this otherwise neutral dining space. I’d bring it in to add some dimension to that already beautiful table and chairs.

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Who says a rug has to be a rectangle? Not us! A circular one is perfect fit for a round dining table, particularly when space is at a premium. This dark grey beauty is art in its own right, adding an unexpected area of graphic interest to a sparsely designed area.

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Let’s do another one! I very much love both the 6-person table and the art on display in this dining area, but think it could be punched up one step further. This rich golden rug would blend in oh so well with all of that warm wood, adding another level of design depth to what is already a fantastic space.

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Even more than circular rugs, square rugs aren’t utilized nearly enough in my opinion. Put one under your traditional 4-seat dining table to mix things up and make it interesting! I’d use this green and cream chevron one to pick up on that incredible window full of greenery that looks to take up an entire wall. Bring the outdoors in!

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Boho Rugs to Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen at my new house needs some major work, but until I’m able to do a full renovation, I’ve brainstormed ways to make it feel nicer without a massive undertaking. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware has worked some magic, but the floors are pretty hideous. I recently discovered that covering my 1970s linoleum with a bright and boho rug is the perfect solution! The bright color palette makes the room feel less dreary, while the pattern makes the room feel more interesting. I’m really glad I stumbled upon this trick and wanted to share a few of my favorite rugs that would be perfect in a boho kitchen:

Boho Kitchen Rugs

For the kitchen, I urge you to shop for a flat woven rug because it’s more durable for a high-traffic area. Also, if you’re clumsy when you cook (like me), a flat woven rug is way easier to keep clean! I also prefer the way a low-pile rug feels when I’m walking back and forth from the sink to the stove, something I do frequently as I cook.

A few favorites are:

Jaipur Rugs Bedouin Amman rug

Kate Spade New York Nolita seaside stripe rug

Jaipur Rugs Luli Sanchez En Casa Sawyer rug

Safavieh Natural Kilim rug

Neutral Boho Rugs

We painted over the existing mustard yellow with a warm, creamy white until we knew more about how the official kitchen renovation would look. Mostly, it was just to get rid of the old color! For now, I want the rug to make the statement in my kitchen and be the center of attention. That being said, there are some truly beautiful neutral options that are still boho in feel. These rugs are proof that you can go boho while maintaining a pared-down color palette.

A few favorites:

Loloi Rugs Adler rug

Kaleen Nomad rug

Surya Frontier rug

Jaipur Rugs traditions made modern rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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8 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on the Cheap

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If you’re anything like me, you spend more time in your kitchen during winter than any other season. So many cookies to bake, soups to simmer, and so on! And if your get togethers are anything like the ones at my place, the kitchen tends to be the epicenter, so why not give it a little spruce up? Check out these eight tips that are either completely free or inexpensive.

Update the hardware. Swap out that builder’s grade brushed nickel for something that pops! My favorites are blacks, brasses, and gold. This change out can give the entire room a fresh look.

Replace or refinish cabinet doors. Sand down and repaint your current ones or replace entirely for something new. Don’t forget about glass inserts, different finishes, or removing them all together for some open shelving.

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Keep it light. You’ll maybe notice that these four kitchens have one thing in common – white cabinets and walls or tile. That’s because white opens up a space immensely, making people wonder when did you renovate your kitchen?

Replace small decor. A new fruit bowl or basket, some new hooks on the wall to hang dish towels on, a few pots of herbs on the windowsill. Little things like this add up to make a world of difference, making your kitchen feel fresher than it has in years!

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Add art. I’m always surprised at how many people think art in the kitchen isn’t necessary. Hang one large piece on an empty wall at the very least, or opt for a grouping of smaller frames. In my last home I didn’t have a lot of wall space to dedicate, so I hung smaller pieces on my backsplash.

Hide small appliances. Clutter can make a space feel messy, which is the opposite of what most people are going for aesthetically. If you have the space tuck away small appliances like your toaster and coffee pot and only pull them out to use.

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Change up the window treatments. If your kitchen is dark go with white sheers to let in as much light as possible. Prying neighbors? Maybe consider a Roman blind that can be raised and lowered when need be.

Update the lighting. Change the look and mood of a space in an instant with lighting, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Visit thrift stores or Ikea to find something unexpected and unique.

One other way to update your kitchen is to add or swap any floor rugs. Add a new pattern or color to the mix!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Create a Comfy Dining Room Your Guests Won’t Want to Leave

The dining room may play second fiddle to the kitchen table for much of the year, but from Thanksgiving through the new year, it’s the place to be. Think of your dining room as the backdrop that makes all of your most memorable holiday meals possible. From rich wall colors to soft lighting and conversation-sparking details, here’s how to get your dining room in tip-top shape in time for the holidays.

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Paint colors: If you’re thinking of repainting your dining room, consider going bold with rich red, sophisticated smoky gray, or a bitter chocolate. These fully-saturated hues have a jewel box feeling that is just right for creating a convivial dinner-party atmosphere.

Art: Including some conversation-sparking artwork in the dining room is a wonderful way to get mingling guests chatting. Hang a unique painting, create a salon-style gallery wall of quirky photographs and small prints, or set an interesting sculpture or artistic object on the credenza.

Cozy Dining Room

Warmth: Whether you use a crackling fire in the fireplace, sheepskins draped over the chairs, a cozy rug, or an abundance of twinkling candlelight (or all of the above!), creating a feeling of warmth and comfort is the best way to encourage guests to linger at the table.

Cozy Table Setting

Table settings: The final details to attend to are how you choose to set the table, from linens to place settings to flowers or foliage. I love setting the table the day before a big holiday gathering, as this relieves so much last-moment stress on the big day…plus you get to enjoy the beauty of your handiwork just a bit longer! If you are just beginning to collect items for your table, I’ve found a classic linen tablecloth to be the most versatile. Dress up your everyday white dinnerware with a special set of colorful salad or dessert plates, and go for something low and organic as a centerpiece, like a piece of driftwood draped in tiny twinkle lights and berry branches, or a display of fall gourds and fruit. As a finishing touch, include something special at each place: a tiny jar of homemade jam, a delicate sprig of herbs tied with twine.

Choosing a rug: The dining room is a tricky place for a rug, because it is quite likely it will get more than its fair share of crumbs and spills! The key is to look for a flat weave (deep pile is incredibly hard to keep clean) in a deep color. You can skip the rug, but there’s nothing like having a cozy rug to warm up the dining room in the depths of winter! If you want to save wear-and-tear (and cut down on cleaning), consider leaving the rug out for fall and winter, and rolling it up and storing it for the spring and summer months.

Dining Room Rugs

Rugs Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Tunisia rug in dark brown; Nourison 2000 rug in lavender; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in slate; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in granite.

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For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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