When design-minded folks talk about floors with incredible eye appeal, they’re usually thinking of cool design treatments—inlays, stencils, large-scale painted patterns, tile mosaics, or herringbone patterns. No doubt about it: these floor treatments are look-at-me statements, and express a strong personal decorating point of view. But what if you’re not ready for the investment or permanence of treatments like inlays and custom painting? Or what if you’re an apartment or home renter who wants your space to make a big, bold statement with minimal impact to your rental? We’ve got your simple solution in two words: graphic rugs.
Patterned rugs are having a moment, and for good reason: they have all the personality of a painted, tiled, stenciled, or inlaid floor with a whole lot less maintenance. Just roll them out, arrange your furniture around or on top, and you’re done. You can even place a large rug, or a pair of smaller area rugs, over a dated carpet that you’re not able to replace, either because of budgetary constraints or leasing rules. Beats the painstaking—and messy—process of tiling or stenciling, plus the inevitable grout and paint touch-ups, right?
These days, you can find patterned rugs in just about any weave, from indoor/outdoor to woven cotton and wool blends. At the moment, we’re crushing on these micro-hooked, tufted, and hand-knotted wool styles. Their denser, heavier weight makes for a more substantial foundation for a room, and they have a decidedly upscale look that’s perfect for year-round use. Bonus: they feel pretty great under bare toes and paws, especially on those chillier mornings and evening.