Even though the carpet at My Wee Abode isn’t THAT ugly (well, the color is pretty bad), we’re going to take a look at how to cover ugly carpet AND get to see the new rug reveal!
HOW TO COVER UGLY CARPET
If you’ve been following My Wee Abode for any time, you know that living in a small rental apartment creates some ‘interesting’ challenges.
Like no ‘real’ kitchen (MWA is actually a studio apartment ‘turned’ one bedroom. No kitchens allowed in 400sf or less in CA).
And, no place for a dining room table… just to name a few.
But with these issues also comes the fun of figuring out how to fix them! And, having gold carpet is one of those issues that has recently been fixed! Let’s take a look at the carpet just before I moved into my small home…
The carpet is actually in really good condition! My landlord installed some quality carpet and padding in My Wee Abode. But… that color! This may be TMI, but it reminds me of a certain color that a newborn produces, ya know what I mean?!
How to Cover Ugly Carpet, First Try
So, after settling into MWA, I lived with the gold carpet for a while.
It can often take some time to find large items that you love and want to put in your home. And, it can be all that much harder when you are looking to decorate a small home or apartment.
After several months, I chose a beautiful rug that was soft, easy to care for, and one of my fave colors! My sister, DeeDee, gave it to me for my birthday!
However, I found that the ‘statement’ rug, with it being aqua and having a large print, was limiting me to certain color schemes and fabric choices for the rest of the room. So, after two years, I decided to change it out.
BTW, you can see this spring tour of my home HERE.
After sharing these thoughts with a dear designer friend, she gave me a couple of suggestions…
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How to Cover Ugly Carpet (Rug Reveal)
Because the color and design of the aqua rug was limiting my decor choices, my friend suggested that a natural fiber rug would not only bring a more neutral palette to the living room, but it would also contribute to the coastal-farmhouse style I love so much!
As well as using a natural fiber rug, she also suggested that an extra-large area rug, that would cover the majority of the
ugly gold carpet, might be a good choice! And I agreed! So, let’s see the new rug, and then I’ll explain some reasons for the choice.
(Side note: The ‘magical trick’ I used in the Rug Ideas post is being shared today, too!)
Also, if you OWN your home, you may want to look at how to replace carpet with hardwood.
Reasons for Choosing a Natural Fiber Rug
Neutral Understated Style
Now, the OVERWHELMINGLY most popular rug choice, both on the blog post AND Instagram (remember to give me a follow!), was the Venice Vine Swirls. And, though that rug is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, and it is something I would naturally be drawn to, just like my first aqua rug, the Swirls rug is a ‘statement’ rug.
And this time I didn’t want a statement rug. 🙂
Also, there are already plenty of swirls in the living room. Hehe. Here’s a close-up of the top of the media-console.
Getting the extra large size was a GREAT idea, and the price made it do-able!
And if I get tired of it, I won’t feel guilty replacing it!
Okay, y’all may know or may have heard that natural fiber rugs, whether they are jute, sisal or reed, are not the most comfortable on the feet. Yep, that’s true!
Between you and me, I like to sit on the floor when I am blogging or eating a meal… it’s just how I roll. So, a natural fiber rug was not sounding all that appealing to me!
But, while searching on Rugsusa.com I found the Fawna Handwoven Chaste rug was woven with jute AND cotton!
The reviews said it was super comfy! So, I went for it!
And it IS quite comfy!
We aren’t talking cozy-comfy… but, it is soft on my bum and feet, not scratchy at all!
You may think that this rug is ‘boring’ and doesn’t give enough personality to the room. BUT, with this neutral and *large* rug, there are LOTS of decorating options now available as far as color, textures, and prints! One of the best options that can be used is layering another smaller rug on top of this one!
You can see how my sweet friend, Yvonne from Stonegable, has done this in her home by clicking HERE!
Last, but certainly not least, is the size of the rug!
The living room is about a 10′ x 10′ room, and this rug is the 7’6″ x 9′ 6″ rug. I figured this would be about as close I was going to get to the 10′ x 10′ size. But, when the rug arrived, it ended up being about 8′ x 11′!!! And, I found out that the rug does stretch a bit, which is not a huge issue.
Needless to say, the rug was plenty large enough to cover the ugly carpet. A great solution for a renter or apartment home, right?
And the color of the rug actually compliments the little strip of carpet that still shows.
What did I do with the excess?
It’s rolled up behind my media console! My cousin visited this past weekend (an interior designer), and he didn’t even notice. (But, those wrinkles on my drum chair’s cover are really bothering me! LOL!)
Now for the Magic Trick
After the Neutral Rug Ideas for Small Spaces went live, quite a few readers asked, “How did you get that many rugs in your house?” and “Wasn’t that a lot of work to put all those rugs down?” I had to giggle.
Well, I took a quick iPhone video to send one of my friends, and decided it would be fun to share here! It’s my very first video in a post, so go easy on me! 😉 (Be sure to turn up your volume.)
Pretty tricky, huh? I’ve found a couple of other rug sites that also offer this feature. (Even Behr.com offers this feature for their paint colors!) Give it a try!
Bumps in the Road
It would be a disservice to you if I didn’t share a few things that I’m NOT so happy with…
- Cotton rugs and natural fiber rugs are not known for cleaning up well. With that said, I have never asked people to remove their shoes in my home… they *have* to remove their shoes now. The cotton in this rug is a dirt magnet. But, I’m willing to live with that… for now! Hope my guests are, too! 😉
- Natural fiber rugs ‘shed’. So, every once in a while, this rug will need to be pulled back and vacuumed underneath. Keepin’ it real here… I’m not looking forward to that.
- The top of the rug should not be vacuumed with a rolling brush. This can pull out some of the jute from the rest of the weave. Ask me how I know this. (I simply trimmed it off… no big deal.)
Now that I’ve shared a few cons… let me show you another close-up of the rug in my little space.
And one more ‘full’ view.
I’m actually very happy with my choice.
On a side note, after recently painting this tiny living room, I’m thinking I may need to go lighter… what do you think? It’s never-ending!
Also, after purchasing an area rug, you just might want to add a mirror to your living area! Do you know what a ‘blob mirror’ is? Well, learn more about them, and take a look at these 7 options for blob mirrors.
Now It’s Your Turn
Would you ever consider using a natural fiber rug in your home? What about using an extra-large rug to cover another type of ugly flooring? What is your go-to look for an area rug? Did you guess right on what rug I chose? Share with me in the comments below!