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How to Blend a Vintage Rug into your Home

February 15, 2018

Lately, I have noticed that my penchant for vintage rugs is turning into a very real deal. My first two vintage rugs are my babes. I love them with all my heart and soul. Whenever new rugs appear in my favorite online stores, my first inclination is to click BUY. Not realistic obvy! Money certainly doesn’t […]

Lately, I have noticed that my penchant for vintage rugs is turning into a very real deal.

My first two vintage rugs are my babes. I love them with all my heart and soul.

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Whenever new rugs appear in my favorite online stores, my first inclination is to click BUY.

Not realistic obvy! Money certainly doesn’t grow on any trees I own. Merp.

Recently, I have welcomed a third vintage rug to my family! When eSaleRugs offered me a vintage rug, I couldn’t say no! They have a great selection at a reasonable price! Plus the rugs are handmade, authentic and high quality. eSaleRugs definitely is a new go-to source for vintage rugs.

It got me thinking, I bet you are curious how to style them in your home too.

Must-Dos to Blend a Vintage Rug into your home

  1. Start with a jute rug. I  highly recommend a neutral base when you layer of rugs. For me, I love the texture and colors of natural jute. It roughs up the vintage detailed rug pattern with the raw edges but the neutral color offsets the colorful pattern of the vintage rug on top.
  2. If you find Jute too raw and uncomfortable underfoot, then I recommend a low pile neutral rug in cream, white or grey to create a neutral base.
  3. When deciding what rugs you want to layer, think of what you want to compliment. Do you want your room to be bold and colorful? This rug from eSaleRugs would be perfect on top. If you want to add visual interest but aren’t ready to go bold, then reverse the idea and use a large vintage rug as the base and use the next size down neutral rug on top.
  4. Use different textures and shapes. Faux cowhide skins are a great way to accent a space but lay so flat on the floor. Why not put it on top of a jute or even try a muted vintage rug?!
  5. I love shag rugs because they are so warm, cozy and soft. They make an ideal base or top.

Don’ts When Blending a Vintage Rug into your home

  1. Be very intentional when deciding which two rugs to layer. Don’t just layer for the sake of layering! Try layering a solid with a pattern. Layering two patterns on top of each other can be dicey. Be picky when pairing two printed rugs together. When in doubt, go back to layering a solid with a pattern or contact me for help!vintage rug, leather mule shoes, jute rug, parachute home bedding, rhyan west elm bed , woven bench
  2. Be sure you choose the appropriate rug sizes for the space. The two rugs must be different enough in size to have enough gap to show off why you layered them.
  3. At the same time, don’t layer one 4×6 with an 8×10 because it will create a large gap. You may feel it is artful but truth be told, it will look awkward. With design, everything is about scale. As long as two things are to scale with each other, your chances of success improves.
  4. If you are layering rugs on top of carpet, the base rug must have a strong pad and backing. From personal experience, if the rug has no backing, it will roll up easily and become a major trip hazard.

Adding a Vintage Rug to the Bathroom

The girls’ bathroom is white with pops of blue aqua tiles. I am obsessed with the perfect balance white and aqua.

Something I’ve seen a lot lately on Pinterest and Instagram is vintage rugs. It’s time to throw out that 80s shag rug mat! You know what I am talking about right? Lol.

So I decided this beauty from eSaleRugs would be the perfect addition to their bathroom.white bathroom vintage rug target shower curtain aqua tiles shower plants

Was I on target or what?white bathroom vintage rug target shower curtain aqua tiles shower plants

Someone asked me on Instagram the other day if it was hard to keep a vintage rug clean in the bathroom.

To be honest, I don’t give it much thought. I love vintage rugs because they are meant to be worn and used. This rug has so much history already, we might as well add our own memories to it!

This rug makes Natalie’s towel hook so cute! For those who have little ones, this was the best idea I had when designing the bathroom. It is her height and she feels very special she has her own towel hook. Definitely motivates her to clean up after herself! Win-win!

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Do you have vintage rugs? If not, I urge you to consider one. You will not regret having a piece of old world charm in your home. Nothing beats the design vibe of a vintage rug.

Happy day!

This post was sponsored by E-sale Rugs. However, opinions are my own,  I love sharing what is true to my aesthetics and what really helps you to style your own vintage rugs at home. Thank you for your support!

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  1. Julie says:

    Love this bathroom, can I ask where the vanity is from?

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi! What is the name of the bathroom rug on the eSale website? I can’t seem to find it after some hard looking! Thanks! Your blog is my new favorite. I can’t wait for more posts like these.

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