Rugs can add warmth and texture to the dining room, which is especially welcome in the fall and winter. Even if you go without a rug most of the year, adding one to the dining room now can be quite transformative! Take the space shown above for example. The rich pink walls are fun, but it’s the over-dyed red rug that really gives the space that “wow” factor.
And because of the many upcoming fall and winter holidays, this season is a great time to add a dining room rug, and really get your entertaining space ready to go. A warm, rich rug as shown in the top image is lovely for fall, but if you want something a bit more versatile, consider a black and white graphic print like the one shown here. It’s fresh, modern, and goes with any other colors you like. Notice how these homeowners warmed up the seat of their dining bench with a sheepskin for a cozy touch.
Choose a flat-weave rug for the easiest cleanup in the dining room. The fact is, people do spill things — and if you have kids, this point is even more important to drive home! Save the thick pile rugs for the living room, where food and drinks are not involved. And be sure to keep appropriate cleaning products on hand so you can tend to spills quickly.
Adding a simple striped rug in an easy color like blue is a great way to update a traditional dining room. Just imagine the space shown above without the rug — it would be perfectly nice, but a bit boring, right? But with the rug, it balances trad and modern elements for a fresh, eclectic look.
If you really want your rug to stand out (and you own your home) consider painting the floors white for contrast. While certainly not for everyone, if you are a fan of Scandinavian design, this could be just the look for you. The addition of a rug makes the white floors more practical, covering up some of that pristine white with warmth and texture for an appealing mix. And did you notice that pressed tin ceiling? What an unexpected way to add a bit of shine!
A rich denim blue rug like the one shown here can almost act as a neutral — just think how many things pair with your blue jeans to get an idea of the versatility of a denim rug. And you can actually get the exact rug designer Emily Henderson used in the space shown here: it’s the Loloi Anzio rug, a flat-woven, all-wool rug perfect for the dining room.
Ready to go shopping? Here are three can’t-miss rug picks for the dining room:
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