help! what sort of rug does this room need?

Even though we’re in more of get-rid-of rather than buying- stuff mode, there is one thing I’d like to get before the weather gets any more chilly. A rug for our Catskill cottage. The wood floor is nice, but a little too cold when winter hits, and too hard for Isadora’s exploring kneepads. But I’m totally stumped about what kind to get. As you can see in the above photo, there’s not a lot of color in the room right now, except for the chairs we reupholstered in a deep red pattern. I’m thinking a braided round or oval rug would be nice, if I could find the right palette. Or maybe a solid color would be best? It’d be easy to do a natural toned wool, but that’d be a it boring. What do you think? Chartreuse? Teal? Buttery yellow? Help! — Angela M.

What a lovely, light filled room.
I think you can add another color, but I am all about color :) Seriously though, green may work as you have the green vase and i think, some green in the pillow on the sofa. Now if you want to keep it more monochromatic, so that the chairs really pop-stick with a neutral. And I agree, oval or round on the shape it will soften the edges of the room.
Boy, I sound opinionated!

Oh,
And I wasn’t talking solid color! I meant incorporating another color with red or cream…

ooooo teal for me! Teal would look really nice with the red you have chosen & really lift the white/creams in the room too. Chartreuse could potentially be a bit Christmassy? and buttery yellow hmmm I’m just thinking it might not be enough? Although it would make it very calming & warm which sounds awfully attractive, especially come winter!! ok, maybe you need 2 rugs!!

Laur

I see red too!

devon

why not pick one of the colors that are in that cute little throw pillow?
maybe a light robin’s egg blue would give a nice contrast/complement while staying with the serene and comfy vibe you’ve got going.

j

maybe i’m weird, but i think those fuzzy white fake pelts would be so cozy.

Melissa

I’ll take any opportunity to recommend FLOR carpet squares, and it looks like they’d work for you here. They have a wide range of colors and patterns to pick from and you can mix and match to create an area rug of any size.

My husband and I used it as wall-to-wall carpeting on the first floor of our house – almost two years later we are very happy with the decision and have had zero problems with it. http://www.flor.com

one of those angela adams “birch” rugs would be very sweet in a cabin.

Cathy

You’re not weird J — I also think a cream flokati rug might be lovely, with the bonus of adding another texture to the space.

I thought of a folky Scandinavian style rug in cream, red, and light blue. kind of like the one lurking in the background here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/design_inspiration/factsheets/324.shtml

You say you don’t have a color theme, but you so do, (as many others have already picked up on) you have red in the chairs, red in the throw pillow, and red in the bottle on the mantle.

Me, I’m a sucker for those big graphic rugs, probably red and cream

chad

i think a round rug would be cool

We went through a similar rug search for our living room after we bought our house and had a baby on the way. After trying a couple options we thought would work but didn’t (a fuzzy white Ikea rug and some dark-pink patterned FLOR), we settled on Garnet Hill’s Fair Isle Hooked Wool Rug, and nearly three years later, we still love it! We have a fair amount of pattern in the room (colors include brown, green, pink, and orange), and the rug holds its own but doesn’t clash. It’s very cozy but not too “country,” and has a timeless quality that large graphic rugs might not. And the round shape (which someone else suggested) is perfect in our setup, which is much like yours. We have the lighter, oatmeal heather, and it’s surprisingly great for not showing dirt, so I’d think the gray heather would be even better.

Can you tell I love our rug?! All three color choices include a good amount of red, which would tie in to your amazing chairs, but would add in a couple interesting colors so as to avoid looking too matchy.

http://www.garnethill.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5929&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C5%2C7355%2C9909&iProductID=5929

Steph

I’d do stripes in that room, kind of like in Amanda Peet’s living room in one of my favorite issues of Domino: http://www.dominomag.com/galleries/2008/04/amanda_peet

I think a pattern or print will be too much, but the stripe will bring it all together. Pottery Barn did an awning stripe rug that is kind of cute and in this style.

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rebeccajean_w

I second the vote for the Garnet Hill Fair Isle rug! I got a catalog from them over the weekend, randomly recalled this post of Angela’s when I saw that rug. I think it would be perfect, and looks like it would be more cozy than a traditional braided rug.

Angela M.

Thanks for all your suggestions! I just bit the bullet and ordered the Garnet Hill Fair Isle rug on your recommendations. We’ll see how it looks in a few weeks (it’s back ordered). Stay tuned!

I love the super thick cable rug from west elm in cream.