Choosing a Graphic Rug for the Dining Room

If you’ve done any home improvement, you’ll totally get where I’m coming. Once you update or tackle one room, you just get the urge to move onto another.  Since I gave our living room a more modern look, I’m itching to make changing all over our house now.  The next room on my list is our dining room, probably because it’s adjoining the living room.  
I like the wall color, a dark charcoal grey, I think it’s a good contrast to the bright white living room. And I love how the rich wall color makes the trim and built in china cabinets pop. I think dining rooms are a great place to try darker wall colors.  This room is really pretty basic, the only furniture is the large square dining room table and a little cabinet to hold our computer. We’ve had the table and chairs for 10 years now. It’s a great size and shape for our room, but the style is probably not what I would choose now. It’s a little more French country then I’d like it to be, it’s probably those turned legs. But, like the living room, new furniture is not in the budget right now. So, I think a great graphic rug would really give this space to a more modern tone.
So, here’s my problem, how do you find a square rug for a square table and room?  FLOR of course! I’ve gotten their beautiful catalogues for years and have dreamed of a fabulous, totally customizable rug for our home. FLOR is an innovative system of carpet squares that you assemble to create custom rugs, runners, or wall-to-wall designs of any shape or color. So, a square area rug is no problem at all with FLOR.
But, how do you decide? They have soooo many amazing colors and patterns to choose from. I NEED YOUR HELP! I’m drawn to the graphic patterns and as much as I love color (especially green), when it comes to bigger pieces, I like to keep things a little more neutral. Color can always be added in the accessories. Take a look at the 6 patterns that are at the top of my faves list. Now tell me which one I should choose and why. I’m really serious, please leave me a comment, I need your advice.
Here’s some of my thoughts on these rugs. I LOVE them all, but I’m trying to identify their pros and cons. I think the most classic and formal rug is probably the Lasting Grateness, but maybe I want to be a little more edgy. Then the edgiest or most trendy is probably the Craft Work. It’s so right now and fabulous, but will I love it in 2 years? I surprised myself with the Mod Cow, it is also trendy, but also kind of a classic. I’m drawn to it’s big, bold, black and white graphic pattern. The Hide & Batik is so lovely and organic and it’s also the one Lonnie liked best out of all of these, but there is also none that he dislikes either. The Hide & Batik is also a look a haven’t seen anywhere else, definitely unique. And then last, but definitely not least, Vintage Vibe. I think it’s my fave, but it’s also very similar to my living room rug. I love that it is soft and cozy looking. It’s not stuffy or too fancy because, even though I have china dishes, we are neither stuffy nor fancy.
You can see I am getting nowhere in this decision making. I’m usually a very decisive person and know what I love. But FLOR just has too many amazing chooses. Your turn, which one and why………
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17 thoughts on “Choosing a Graphic Rug for the Dining Room

  1. Anonymous

    I've looked at Flor website a couple times since you mentioned it and I'm liking it a lot, think I might need to consider this option for my entry way but thats another day:) I actuallly like them all but for your house style I'm loving the Hide and Batik, also love the Lasting Grateness. I agree the Vintage Vibe is awesome but might not be a statement piece for your dining room (maybe my entry?) I wonder if the Craft Work is too 'southwest' specific. You could carry off the Mod Cow, think it might not be as long-term. Anyway what fun, anxious to see the choice! Linda

  2. Anonymous

    I think Vintage Vibe with Jitterbug Border so you could change it up by putting the squares in a different pattern if you got bored with it. I see it as somewhat edgy but kind of neutral as well.

    1. Jeran Post author

      Ooh, I like that idea Jennifer. That vintage vibe is really my favorite. I can't get away from it. But, changing up the pattern is brilliant.

  3. Michelle

    I think Lasting Greatness… first of all- I LOVE it. Second, I think it will bridge your table into a modern feel. I also think it will look nice with the white in the living room and the built in and your trim. 🙂 Can't wait to see it all come together!

    1. Jeran Post author

      That's Lon's fave too, but do we really care what he thinks 🙂 I was also wondering about too much grey happening in this space. I love grey, but I don't want the room to feel blah! Maybe a little contrast is good.

  4. emily

    I love all the options. I guess if you want the rug to stand out in the room I would go with a darker more graphic version like Mod Cow or Lasting Greatness. But, if you want it to blend in or be more neutral I would go with Vintage Vibe. You really can't go wrong, you should just decide if you want the rug to be the star of the room or not. can't wait to see what you pick!

    1. Jeran Post author

      Good point Emily, but I think it's going to be the star regardless of what I choose because they are all so great. Maybe I want this room to be more classy and less playful. I'm just thinking out loud. It took me so long to just narrow the choices down to these six. FLOR has hundreds of options. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate everyone's input.

  5. Anonymous

    My vote is for Vinatage Vibe as I think all the others will date too quickly. It's also a good mix between classic and trendy, which is the style of your house. Naomi.

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