I remember a young teenage girl sitting under the ironing board at one of my mom’s parties, watching her dance with her friends in the kitchen. They were all barefoot because Mom didn’t want them marking the freshly sanded floor with their shoes.
Now I think bare feet have about as much room at a party as ironing boards (shoes are part of an outfit, thanks), but how nicer would it have been if they had a little sweetness rug underfoot?
But if you’re younger than me, you may be part of a generation that has never known life without the internet or life with rug.
For 30 years, carpets have been torn out in favor of stripped parquet floors. Spot a corner of dirty splintered wood under the rotting lino of a fixer? This will be an extra £20,000 on top of the asking price.
Spurred on by Ikea’s 1996 urgings to throw away our chintz, closely followed by Handy Andy and his way with a sander, raw wood floors became a refreshing antidote to tired brown hairs and shabby fabrics. floral furnishings.
But I don’t think we’ve banned carpets forever. I’m ready for a comeback.
I recently designed a rather wild one for one of my radical clients, a two-toned purple wonder – admittedly, that wasn’t to everyone’s taste. But it got me thinking about how rugs can be used to change up even the most conventional of rooms.
Floors, after all, have just as much impact as our walls, a bold color underfoot can anchor and add drama.
I particularly like the Axminster rugs; they come in a wide range of colors and are all woven in Devon. Even the Queen uses them, although with prices from £39 per square meter she won’t have needed to sell the Crown Jewels to move in windsor castle.
That said, I’m well aware that carpeting can be a big investment. If the budget is tight, remember that first impressions count, so why not opt for a runner? This is a great opportunity to introduce joy and fun.
No one does it better than Christine Van Der Hurd. I love her hand-tied Ponti pattern with its colorful geometric border. I’m also a huge fan of The Waver, a collaboration with interior designer Adam Bray.
If you’re phobic of rug commitments, invest in a rug. You can move it from room to room and serial tenants or movers can take it wherever they go. Tom Atton Moore hand tufts all of his designs in his Lewisham studio. The abstract, bold, high contrast patterns are works of art and will add a designer touch to any room.
For something more toned down, Sussy Cazalet’s collab with Pinch is the way to go. But you really don’t have to break the bank to make a statement. Ikea’s Stockholm checkered striped rug is a fantastically simple yet effective design – and a total steal at £189. What’s not to like?