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Can I use a braided rug (round) with this furniture?

mrsfindleyDecember 29, 2012
We are decorating our brand new coastal vacation home in central California. Colors are all neutral with aqua and teal accents with a Coastal theme. We love our new dining room furniture which is a bit more formal. The floors are a light hardwood. We first had a very traditional round rug, but as you can see in the photo, it was too small. Now, in shopping for a larger rug, we are finding limited options, and are considering changing from traditional to a more casual braided, larger round rug. Is the furniture too formal for braided?
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Dar Eckert
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I don't think that you are limited to just using a round rug but here are some thoughts. A traditional braided rug would look a little out of place but may be fine depending on the colors. I'm thinking more round graphic in aqua.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 7:39AM
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Honestly, I wouldn't use a braided rug with your more formal upholstered chairs. I have a number of hand braided rugs that my grandmother made, and I find them very hard to use as they seem to turn everything into an old fashioned "country" style--out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I don't think you should feel limited to a round rug just because your table is round. You are working with neutral colors so you should have many area rug options--maybe something with an aqua and cream and taupe or brown color palette.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 7:50AM
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Thanks for your input. I do want to stay with round, but agree that a braided rug could look a bit too casual. So far, I like the graphic example here. Any other comments will be welcome.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 7:51AM
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Wow, two comments suggesting that I look outside of round! That could really open up the options. Thanks!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 7:56AM
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If you really want to stick with a round rug I'd suggest either something very simple (first photo) or more formal, but in your colors (second photo). But I really encourage you to look at square and rectangular rugs too. I think there are probably as many photos of round dining tables with square rugs as round ones on Houzz:
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    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:04AM
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Braided only if it is sisal -- not the old colonial style from the '60's or so. But with a dining area, you may want to forego a rug altogether. If not, make it one that's easy to clean, such as: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=indoor+outdoor+sisal+look+carpet&qpvt=indoor+outdoor+sisal+look+carpet&FORM=IGRE
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:08AM
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We really need a rug since the chairs are on casters (a huge requirement for us). After reading the comments here, I am beginning to look at square or rectangle, but measurements to keep the side furniture off the carpet, I need to find 9'6" x 11'...Hard to find! Also, we have ruled sisal out due to wanting something soft on bare feet. I know... Picky, picky!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:22AM
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I love the Dark Olive Green Round Rug Dar Eckert suggested. I think it is fun and a bit unusual.

You could also look at carpeting and have a piece cut to measure.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:38PM
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Not necessarily, the table is informal enough. The chairs look as though they are on casters. This will be really abusive to a braided rug. I like the homey quality that this type of rug instils in a room. You will need to add some primitive type accents to tie to together though.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:45PM
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I would go rectangular- takes up more floor space and give warmer cozier look.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:47PM
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