Vintage Distressed Blue Rug & Changing Your Mind


I get asked all of the time to help others decorate. And while that is part of what I hope to do here in this space – inspire you to create a home you love. I, in fact, am not a professional decorator. I don’t always know what will work in a space until I try it. Sure, there are measures I can take, like taping out the size of a furniture piece first, or getting a sample before purchasing the whole bolt of fabric, but sometimes you just have to see something in the room first.

And if it doesn’t work, then it’s OK to then change your mind. 

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The original rug that I had for 6+ years.

I’m a perfectionist by nature, so I struggle with making a decision if I don’t know for a fact that it’s the right one. I hate having to do something twice, so this often leaves me paralyzed in indecision. But I’m working to overcome it. And you will see here, that courage in decorating comes with risk and sometimes you just have to make a decision and learn that doing things twice is part of it. (It literally makes me want to break out into a nervous sweat.) And that it’ll all be OK in the end.

Dramatic, much? LOL (Just a bit.)

If you remember, I recently asked for help in deciding on a new rug for my living room. I had been living with the same rug for 6 years and it was time for an update.

I finally saved up the money, debated my decision for 6 months and then took the plunge with an online purchase. The rug was gorgeous and I was just positive it would work well in my home. I had seen it in other people’s homes and loved it.

But as soon as I rolled it out and saw it in my room, I didn’t love it.

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I mean, I loved the rug, but not the rug in my room. I really wanted to love it, though. So, I sat with it for a few days. I asked all of you what you thought. And I so appreciate your honesty because your comments confirmed what I was feeling.

The light blue colors, which I loved, just did not work with my turquoise, blue/greens and pinks. It was all just too much color and not enough neutral.

I also thought it was too light with my lighter-colored couch.

The previous rug had worked to anchor the space, and while it now felt open and airy, it also felt like everything was floating in the room. Nothing was grounded. Well, except for our dark leather chair in the corner, which stuck out like a sore thumb. πŸ˜‚ That was not the look or feel I was going for.

I wanted an updated, vintage-looking rug. But I also wanted something that worked well with the other colors in the room and also anchored the space.

So, I went on a hunt to find a similar rug, but a bit darker and less pale blue colors.

I am happy to report that the second rug I purchased turned out perfectly! The description said it  had navy, gray and oatmeal colors. This is exactly what I needed, because my walls are gray, my couch is oatmeal and I love to use navy as an accent color.

A navy, gray, oatmeal distressed vintage rug. Abbeville Eclectic Dark Gray Area Rug

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It’s actually darker in person that it looks in the above photo. The shot below helps you kind of see how it looks in real life.

A navy, gray, oatmeal distressed vintage rug. Abbeville Eclectic Dark Gray Area Rug

I love the new rug and now I think of it as my teacher, telling me: don’t settle for something if you don’t really LOVE it. Don’t try to make something fit just because you won’t want to re-work the space or return something or go through the hassle of selling something you just bought.

A navy, gray, oatmeal distressed vintage rug. Abbeville Eclectic Dark Gray Area Rug

It turns out a friend of mine loved the first rug I purchased and bought it from me. It looks beautiful in her living room!

What do you think of the new rug?

If you’re looking for some of my favorite vintage blue rugs, check out this post here!

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  1. Love this rug, it does ground the room. I also loved the other one but thought it was to light with small kids. A coffee table will finish it all off beautifully. I can’t wait to see what you make. The pressure is on…….kidding!

    1. 😜 I need to find my motivation to make that coffee table! Now that my eat-in kitchen is done, maybe I’ll tackle it next!!

  2. Well done! A rug is such a terrifyingly big step, haha! I’ve been looking at mine, but not sure I’m ready for the decisions… or the talking the husband into it! : )

  3. Rug looks lovely…what are your paint colours. I am doing my rec room and paint colours are brining me to my knees! I think I know what I want and then I see something else….I am usually decisive, this indecision is killing me!

  4. My living room looks almost exactly like yours! I have a similar couch, chair and rug!

    I still need some art. I just haven’t found it yet.

  5. The new rug looks great! I think the room will look even better with a coffee table (I believe you mentioned getting one). Especially in a medium to darker tone to contrast with the couch and help tie in the darker chair. Look forward to seeing what you come up with. Your house is so pretty!

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