Today we’re talking rugs as they are one of the easiest ways to change a room and give a mini seasonal makeover. As I type I can hear the dulcet tones of next door’s lawn mower and it feels like Spring might finally be in the air. Suddenly I’m looking at the heavy sitting room rugs and wondering if it would be be good to have something lighter for the next few months.
My sitting room, as many of you will know, is painted dark grey and and has a charcoal velvet sofa and layers of vintage Persian rugs.It’s a fabulous evening and winter space but sometimes I think it might be good to have a lighter version for the summer. Since I still love the colour of the walls and I’m not in business of changing the furniture (this week at least) it’s up to the rugs and cushions to ring the changes.
The Scandinavians are really good at this. They routinely swap from dark fabrics in strong colours to lighter material in summery colours with the change of seasons. Their reasoning – entirely logical – is that we change our clothes to suit the weather so why not our home accessories?
Rugs is a great way to do this as you can roll up the old one (s) and stick them under the bed or perhaps even slide them under the sofa for a few months where they won’t take up too much space. Same with cushion covers which are really easy to store.
Now normally I’m one for patterned rugs as my furniture tends to be plain, but these new photos from Alternative Flooring showing plain rugs with some contrasting edging have got me thinking that this could be a good look for summer. As you know I have one of their rugs from their Quirky range – the zebra – in my library and I love it during the winter but I’m wondering if something a little quieter might work well for the summer.
These pictures are from their new brochure which features Moi talking about the rules of rug layout. The brochure is about their Make Me A Rug service which you can do online – choosing the exact size, design and edging that you need for your space and now, instead of having to wait in for the delivery, you can click on your nearest retailer and have it delivered there so you can collect when it suits you.
If you fancy a laugh then you can watch the video of demonstrating the make me a rug service with a special cameo appearance from Enid the Cat, who is never one to miss a photobombing opportunity. Now what type of rug do you fancy?
I had to include this shot from the brochure as well because this is my car! Well it isn’t but completely by coincidence they – by which I mean Alternative Flooring – chose a yellow Fiat 500 for this shot and then it turned out that as well as featuring me and Enid they have inadvertently included Bob the Minion as well. My Bob doesn’t have a sunroof sadly but let’s not get hung up on the details.
Now rugs – what are we having?
I have written about Alternative Flooring many times and after a few posts they approached me and asked me to work as a brand amabassador, something I was very happy to do. This post is part of our ongoing collaboration.