Sorry for the late post today! Thanks go to Sage who graciously reminded me that it is actually Monday even if it is a Monday in a long weekend in which it is OK to be in bed at 9 a.m.
There are many decor questions in my house that are easy to answer. I knew pretty much what I wanted my dining room to look like, the functionality I wanted out of the basement, or how to improve the closet. With those projects, it was just a matter of getting it done. But then there are some things that just stump me for a long time. I’ve written about a lot of them before: how to cover the holes in our wall, what to do with the strange beam dividing my dining room and living room, or how to make an impossibly asymmetrical bathroom ceiling look planned.
Today I’m asking for your help on another one of these conundrums: the quandary of the hallway runner rug.
As you can see, a big part of the quandary is that I don’t have one. And it has proven really hard to find one. This hallway is about 28 feet long, which is a non-standard length for a runner rug, to say the least. But the rug will also need to be a big statement: since the walls are white it will set the tone for this space, and anyone who knows my decorating style know that the tone I am going for is “more.”
This problem has been bugging me since we bought this house (cough-five-years-cough) and I am finally going to take it on. Now that the closet is fixed up I am itching to make this hallway overall a nice place to be. It connects our whole house, after all!
So I am asking for your help in figuring out what to do about this, and in the great tradition of President’s Day, we’re going to vote. (That’s what they had in mind, yes?) Here are the three main options I am considering:
Just Buy Three Coordinating Rugs and Call It A Day
Option one is the simplest option: just find three affordable runner rugs in the 7-9″ range that generally look good together. The benefit here is that I can have THREE different styles (more IS more!) and if I get sick of one or one gets damaged in this high traffic area I can always swap them out. The drawback is that it will be hard to find three that hit that perfect balance of coordinated but not matchy, and I may not really know until I see them in place.
Here is an example of three that I have in mind for this option, all of which I love:
Make a Big Rug Out of Smaller Rugs
The other option I’ve considered is to buy runner rugs that match (or nearly match) and string them all together to make it look like one really long rug. In this case, I’d literally sew them together and do my best to make it look like one big piece. Picture the below (except sewn end-to-end):
Design my Own Rug with Flor Tiles
But those can’t be the only options, right? What do other people do with really long hallways? In searching for that, I also came across Flor Tiles, which are carpet squares that allow you to customize rugs and patterns. They also work in area rugs and runners, and because you buy tile-by-tile you can make them as long as you want!
They do have some nice options, but the standard patterns aren’t what attract me to this idea – it is the opportunity for customization. I could buy any number of tiles, even cut into smaller shapes, and design my very own rug/pattern.
And this isn’t even that expensive. A rug of this length using their “Made You Look” line would come to something like $500 – actually making it the middle cost of the three options I’ve shown you. But it does seem like a lot of extra work!
What do you think? Which do you recommend? What have I not thought of? Please vote below, and if you have other ideas tell me in the comments!