Home Decorating 1 Rug, 12 Ways: Marlo

1 Rug, 12 Ways: Marlo

One of our most versatile indoor-outdoor rugs, the Marlo rug is a stylish and sophisticated take on the classic striped rug. With end-on-end mini stripes interrupted by overlaid ivory bands, its subtle pattern can live in a wide variety of interior styles. Because it is made from polypropylene (an indoor-outdoor fiber), Marlo is at home in even your hardest working spaces. Scroll down to see how designers and influencers have used this understated striped beauty in their projects–both indoors and out!


Warm Minimalism

The subdued stripes of the Marlo rug serve as a foundation to the warm, organic dining room of Lauren Elizabeth, the interior stylist and blogger behind House Of Hire. “I love a good stripe,” says Eliabeth, who continues, “It’s a pretty neutral base, which is great to mix with all color tones.” 

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To create a warm yet modern look, Elizabeth relied on a neutral palette that gets its warmth from natural wood tones. The softness of Marlo’s stripes keeps the room feeling organic and relaxed.

Colorful Cheer

Shauna Glenn, an interior designer based in Fort Worth, Texas proves that color and more color makes for a happy space. With a penchant for bright, saturated hues, Glenn opted for a Marlo rug in fuchsia as the base for this beautiful bedroom.

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Glenn makes a rainbow of bright colors work by sticking to a relatively tight palette: Fuchsia, bright yellow, and blue are the dominant colors. Plus, she tempers them with doses of white and neutrals: The lamps, sheets, and bedframe. 

Airy Charm

To refresh her rental home’s screen porch, Keyanna Bowen, the blogger behind East and Lane, relied on a fresh coat of white paint and a collection of casual, contemporary furnishings. The Marlo rug helps give the outdoor space, interior polish, which also lends the space a touch of comfort.

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Bowen’s airy style features liberal use of the color white punctuated with touches of natural wood and black for contrast. Patterns are limited to understated designs like the tonal stripe of the Marlo rug in Platinum.

Step(s) Up to Style

A striped runner is a classic choice to carpet stairs, and easy to install yourself. Featuring end-on-end mini stripes intersected by intermittent bars of ivory overlay, the Marlo rug offers a fresh twist on the classic stripe.

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With six colors to choose from, there’s sure to be a Marlo that will match your decor. If you’re craving more color, take a cue from Shauna Glenn, who added a punchy, red binding on the edges of her Marlo stair runner.

Cabin Cool

Joanna Hawley, the blogger behind Jojotastic, has been gradually renovating a 1980s cabin in the North Cascades in her signature style that mixes modern and rustic cabin vibes. Our Marlo rug in Shale is a transitional piece that helps bring the dining room together.

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When you’re steering your interior style away from your home’s architecture, as Hawley lent her cabin a more modern edge, use transitional designs to help bridge the two styles—Marlo’s stripes could easily go more modern or more rustic.

Natural Nuance

North Fork Design Co., an interior design business that services the north fork of Long Island and the Boston area, has a knack for crisp, coastal interiors. Here they used Marlo as the foundation for an otherwise natural palette twin-bed guest room.

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Rattan, wicker and white-painted wood are seaside classics that pair well with a subtle striped rug and natural linen bedding. The pop of navy blue from the pillows gives the eye a welcome color contrast.

Subtle Sophistication

Ashley Frey the blogger behind Schoolside Design DIYed a stair runner (check out her how-to video!) with our Marlo Platinum runners, which she also used on her floors. Paired with her white-painted moldings, warm wood floors, and blue grasscloth, the room exudes understated elegance. “I am so happy that I went with this color and subtle print,” she says. “The runner totally brightened this space and elevated the overall look.”

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The key to Frey’s sophisticated entrance lies in the use of subtle pattern and texture like the stripes of the rug and the weave of the grasscloth. The vase of spring branches brings in a welcome touch of life.

Complimentary Prep

Jordan Arnt and Kristen Harms, the designers behind Fort Worth’s Sibbing and Gray Interiors, describe their designs as “high-end, livable, and cool as a cucumber,” and this twin bedroom is no exception. Their curated textiles bring the high-end look, but easy-going choices like an indoor-outdoor Marlo rug makes the room livable and attainable.

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Sibbing and Gray pulled a classic decorator move and used colors from opposite sides of the color wheel: Orange and blue. Naturally dynamic, complementary color schemes always read as polished.

Classic Kitchen

Timeless elements like marble subway tile, glass fronted cabinets, and a milk glass light fixture make for a classic kitchen. Interior designer Vanessa Francis (@decorhappy on Instagram) added a few fresh elements, including a brass faucet and stripe-y runner, to keep it from being too staid.

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You can never go wrong with a classic white kitchen. Updating the look is as simple as swapping in a new runner and kitchen towels.
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