I have this cream colored rug for close to 10 years now. Lately, it was beginning to look blah and I was having geometric dreams. Inspired by what the bold (with steady hands) have done, I contemplated painting it using stencils, painter's tape or even sharpie. I can hack it, definitely, but there is a bigger issue - size that is.
The rug has always been a little too small for my living room dimensions. I made do, but was never satisfied. And you know how that feels.
See what I mean?
In the meantime, while hunting for patterned rugs, the ALVINE RUTA caught my eye. I like the yellow, a colour I am beginning to love a lot in recent days. (It's such a happy colour, like a ray of sunshine indoors) Then, at the SALE - I saw it and - dum dum dum dum - it was reduced. ALVINE came home with me!
When I spread out all of its 5' 7" x 7' 10" glory in my living room, the size was perfect but it didn't look quite right with my furniture placement. There are some "rug rules" it seems. (Here too, if you are into that sort of thing) But for me, it's just gut. Sofa legs on or off, 2 legs in or out - it's not an exact science - you'll know when it looks and feels right.
Here's how it looked in place of the cream rug. No can do.
That could only mean it's time to rearrange the furniture (again). I moved the sofa to the long side of the wall and rug. Instantly, the feng-shui-o-meter ramped up. The flow was better. I was feeling the 'chi'.
Instead of the sofa, I moved my Expedit bookcase to the middle of the room to serve as a space divider.
A view from the other side, with all my stuff in.
Loving my ALVINE. Funny how it feels like I've got a whole new living room.