Home Decorating 1 Rug, 12 Ways: Harwich

1 Rug, 12 Ways: Harwich

When we teamed up with designer Mark D. Sikes to create his Coast to Coast collection, Mark’s concept was to create a capsule of rugs and bedding that would work anywhere in the country. One piece that has been used just about everywhere is the Harwich rug, a clever play on a classic checkerboard floor pattern. Decorators and influencers can’t seem to get enough of the white diamonds woven in braided jute on a natural undyed base. Here are six gorgeous rooms featuring Harwich to inspire you:

Modern Barn

I Spy DIY’s Jenni Yolo used the Harwich rug in her Barnhouse renovation. In this 145-year old home, Harwich shows how it can bridge the gap between antique and modern elements. The diamond jute looks perfectly at home in the old house, and plays off the midcentury chair and organic modern side table.

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There’s a place for bold patterns in vintage interiors. The key is to remember that a graphic pattern will feel more at home in a rustic or antiquated setting if it is rendered in a natural material or an organic texture – or in the case of Harwich: Both!

Sophisticated Neutral

Autumn Hachey, the founder of Stay Here, used Harwich in her latest vacation rental property design. The rug adds a touch of pattern to a mostly subdued kitchen, but it’s also acting as camouflage for the less-than-lovely floors. To avoid the cost of replacing the cork flooring, Hachey opted the large-scale harlequin pattern, which hides dirt and can get a little wet. Plus, the checkerboard design looks like tile!

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Harwich is a natural choice for the kitchen, especially one with a neutral palette. If you’re looking for a fool-the-eye effect like Hachey created, opt for the biggest size rug your room can accommodate (Harwich comes in eight sizes, up to 10×14).

Studied Serenity

This stylish guest room by Ariel Okin Interiors doubles as a home office without looking at all workaday. Okin started with a base of block print wallpaper and layered on elegant to-the-ceiling drapes that give the room a touch of drama. Natural fibers, like the wicker lamp, shades, and Harwich rug lend the room a softness.

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To help your home office blend into its surroundings, stick to a tight color palette so the office-y pieces blend into the rest of the room. Conceal the day-to-day work materials with bins, baskets, and closed cabinets. Finally, draw the eye away from the workspace with patterns on the walls and underfoot.

Modern with a Twist

Designer Megan Hopp jokes that this corner holds “basically all of my favorite things” including the Harwich rug. She takes the checkered rug in a decidedly eclectic direction by pairing it with a burlwood sideboard and mismatched chairs. And the artwork above? It’s actually a Samsung Frame TV: A very contemporary piece of “art”!

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To give a cutting-edge space warmth, look to natural materials like wood and jute, but seek out modern takes on these organic materials. For example, the Harwich rug is a natural fiber, but the grid pattern reads graphic; likewise, the burlwood offers natural wood tone, but the smooth surface of the wood paired with its acrylic sides is totally modern.

French Country

Marian Parsons, the blogger behind Miss Mustard Seed, used Harwich as the foundation for her gorgeous dining room. Parsons gravitated towards the rug because it reminded her of images she’d seen of murals accompanied by a wood floor painted in a checkerboard pattern. Harwich mimics that look, emphasizing the traditional feel of this space.

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If you’re not up to the task of painting your own mural, you can fake one with peel-and-stick wall murals; likewise, Harwich offers a non-permanent way to get the look of a checkered floor. Vintage style furnishings in distressed white and natural finishes instantly signal that French country charm.

European Farmhouse

Deb Foglia, the blogger behind Seeking Lavender Lane, considers her style “European farmhouse.” Foglia uses natural fiber rugs for a laidback look throughout her home, including her bedroom, where she prefers jute for its softness. Harwich brings that relaxed feeling but is also a little unexpected in its harlequin pattern.

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The key to creating Old World style in a new-build home is to layer, layer, layer. Mix old and new and choose classic patterns with a twist (like Harwich). Then, add tons of textures, like the jute rug, linen drapery, and velvet bedding seen here.

Breezy & Beachy

Fun meets function in this entryway by East Coast designer Stephanie Krauss. The mudroom bench (perfect for slipping on flip-flops before heading out) looks beachy-chic thanks to the color palette, materials, and artwork.

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Create a beach house vibe with a palette of sky blue and the beach grass-like natural jute. The super-fresh shade of blue and palm frond motifs make the room read more SoCal or tropical than the coast of New England.

Culinary Classic

An all-white kitchen never goes out of style, but influencer and designer Clare McClaughlin, used a few budget tricks to update this Maine kitchen. A patterned runner and a few pieces of personality-packed artwork bring the room to life.

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A runner is one of the fastest, easiest ways to update your kitchen. While they cover a relatively small surface area, their length makes a big visual impact, especially when positioned in a white galley-style kitchen.

Coastal Prep

Coastal can go cliché fast, so designer Trish Lynn of Colette Interiors in Chatham New Jersey leaned into every shade of blue and sand and driftwood hues, but kept the literal references to the beach (a surf-themed artwork) to a minimum for this beachy-chic living room.

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Woven jute rugs like Harwich are a natural foundation for a beach-inspired interior. Pair one with weathered wood and plenty of blue hues for instant coastal charm. Pops of turquoise and the graphic rug pattern make the room feel modern.

Warm Traditional

Asia Baker, the principal designer behind A. A. Baker Design, used the Harwich rug in her own Long Island living room. Known for her fresh take on traditional style, Baker manages to create elegant spaces that are also functional – think classic patterns but in performance fabrics and hardworking jute that are durable enough for rambunctious children.

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Jute rugs are a timeless choice for a tradition-inspired living room like Baker’s. The checkerboard pattern of Harwich echoes the check of the quilt, but is quiet enough to support a bold chintz that also appears in this room. Repeating the rug’s natural fiber tones in the window treatments gives the room an extra layer of polish.

Dark & Dreamy

For her son’s nursery, San Francisco Bay area designer Diann Kartch made an unconventional choice and went dark on the walls (Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball). Kartch was inspired to choose the Harwich after seeing it in the home of I Spy DIY’s Jenni Yolo (see above). 

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To counterbalance dark-hued walls, opt for a lighter rug and furnishings. A simple white chair becomes a graphic statement and the harlequin pattern pops when contrasted with the dark walls.

Cozy Cabin

Brittany J. Smith, the blogger behind Thorn Cove Abode, is known for giving old house vibes to her new-build home on a budget. Case in point: Those country chic “curtains” are actually inexpensive tablecloths that she cut and hung as curtains.

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To give her home the charm of an antique cottage, Smith layers her home with texture, pattern, and vintage finds. The Harwich rug is a great choice for a space that spans eras because it feels both fresh and classic at the same time.
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