A quick round up ‘Take 5…’ post this week, as I’m currently researching rugs for our newly decorated hallway and thought I’d share a selection of looks on here that I’m loving at the minute.  We painted our hallway wood panelling in an off white and brought the original oak floor back to life with a sand and wax job, so now I feel the space needs a pop of pattern or subtle wash of colour to add warmth and interest.  I’ve recently been loving the whole ethnic / bohemian look when it comes to floor coverings and every time I open Pinterest it seems to be tempting me with a new take on the look.  The one slight issue is that authentic Persian rugs cost an absolute bomb, however I think you can recreate a similar look with some great alternative styles, each with their own relaxed, boho vibe that I find so appealing.

Here are a few favourites…

This vintage Persian rug sits really nicely alongside the midcentury touches in this hallway and its rich, spicy colours add so much warmth to an otherwise neutral space.

Persian vintage rug

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This Kilim rug in soft pastel blues and pinks adds a cosy feel to this office corner and ties the overall look together so effortlessly.  Love the injection of black to keep the look grounded and not too ‘prissy pink’.

kilim rug

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This hallway is perfection!  I love how the warm wooden touches are brought to life by the warm tones in the rug.  The gold mirror keeps the look sleek and modern.  It just goes to show how a traditional patterned rug can be elevated into something bang on trend.

traditional rug hallway

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On an all white canvas, what better way to make a statement than with a brightly coloured and patterned rug?  I like how the various colours are reflected around the room through the artwork and cushions, etc.  The added bonus of a highly patterned rug is that it will camouflage all stains, too!

bright ethnic rug

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This last rug is from the latest collection available at French Connection.  Alas, they don’t post to NI (why, oh why???!!), however I am inspired by the look of this softly hued rug and the impression it creates.  I think a successful rug is one which looks as if it has been trodden on for years and has its own story to tell.  This one certainly has an appealing, timeworn look to it that I love.

french connection rug

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So, what are your thoughts on ethnic rugs?  Do you think the cheaper alternatives out there match up to the traditional, rather pricey, Persian-made designs?

K xx

 

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