We recently installed Maple hardwood floors throughout our house. We absolutely love them for many reasons and dislike them for only one, scratching. Although we know they will get worn in over time it's tough to see brand new floors getting dinged up, mainly because of this guy:
Who we love more than anything but weighing in at almost 100lbs. he cannot control his excitement when you mention words like "hike, swim or ride". So the solution is an area rug. Not only will they protect your floors and add warmth & comfort under foot they add texture to your space and anchor your furniture.
I recently found a great jute area rug on Overstock.com where not only do they have great deals they ship ANYTHING for $2.95! So I ordered a rug, that from the web photo had great texture and nice cream & tan striping. I liked the stripes because in a smaller space they elongate the room and draw your eye in. And the stripes come into play with another element I have going on in the room which you'll learn about soon!
The rug arrived and I excitingly unwrapped it. The colors were perfect and the texture was great! I threw it down on the floor and I liked the idea but it made me go a little cross-eyed. You see there was more detailing on it than what I could see from the internet photo. What I did like though was the back side of the rug, the part you are supposed to have face down. It still had the striping and the texture but in a more simple way so I flipped it over and instantly knew that is how it should be!
The true top of the rug which is now the under side! See what I mean about the extra detailing I wasn't expecting.
The under part of the rug which is now the side facing up! A bit more clean and not as distracting to the eye.
So there you have it. Who ever said upside-down can't be the right side up. And down the road if it gets stained or if I ever want to flip it around I can! So the moral of the story is to have an open mind because what you see isn't always what you get and what you get could be something more!
I have 2 great furniture transformations to show you real soon so stay tuned!