Our family room is by far the room in our house we spend the most time in, yet it doesn't reflect our personality at all. It is beige and boring.
Everywhere you look it is brown, tan, cream, taupe and khaki.
One of the things that has always bugged me about this room is the size of our area rug. It is just too small.
The family room is open to our breakfast nook and kitchen and, therefore, the space is defined by the furniture in the room (verses being defined by physical walls).
We bought this 5x8 cream area rug when we first moved into the house. With the rug being so small, we have always pushed the couches closer in to keep the rug from looking like a floating island against our hardwood floors.
For a while now, I have been dreaming about a large 8x10 area rug that will better fill our space. I really like the look of layered area rugs, such as in this inspiration room:
Despite the fact that I am trying to move away from all the beige, I decided that a neutral jute or sisal rug would be the best option for my base layer. After searching the internet, I found my the perfect rug at West Elm. The price tag was actually semi-reasonable at $350, but still it was way out of my price range. Next up was a similar rug at Ikea for a more modest price of $150. My plan was to go with the Ikea rug, until this past weekend when Craigslist proved, once again, to be my internet version of a best friend. Someone was selling my dream West Elm rug for $100! Turns out the seller is a home stager and the rug had been barely used. Of course I put both kids in my car and immediately drove across town to pick it up.
While the transformation may not be very dramatic (remember I did tell you this was a just a baby step), I love how much bigger the space feels with the larger rug.
We pushed the main sofa back a little over one foot which gives us more room to groove in the family room.
Clearly we still have lots of work to do to get this room from drab to fab, but at least one item is crossed off the list!
smaller area rug (for layering)
new coffee table
console table or end table
paint molding and trim
address large, empty wall (gallery wall? desk? sitting nook?)