Pattern. I LOVE it.
On clothing, in our home. Very often, I’ll choose clashing patterns — sometimes in similar tones, sometimes in complementary colours — and I love to see a mix of designs sitting happily together.
But where I’ve always been quite confident in using patterns on transient items, such as fashion — or on cushions and throws — putting pattern on the floor has always filled me with a little trepidation.
Maybe it stems from the garish carpets I grew up with as a child? Very possibly.
Our family home was a paragon of the 1970s and I distinctly remember the swirly, patterned dining room carpet.
Clearly designed by someone who’d taken a little too much LSD ~ and enough to induce a migraine.
Who knows what the reason was? But pattern on the floor is something that I’ve always shied away from.
I was asked recently if I’d like to take a closer look at the wares of online rug retailer, Benuta. They have a fabulous selection of rugs, in styles to suit every home.
Modern, vintage, short pile or deep and shaggy; round, square, plain and demure or a myriad of colour — basically — whatever your taste, I bet you a tenner they’ve got something to suit.
I decided to choose something for our conservatory — which we use as our adult sitting room — and true to form gravitated towards a simple, neutral design but (after a little word with myself) decided that as I was being given the opportunity to try something different I should buck the trend and pick something out of the ordinary.
Now, I’ve mentioned before that we’ve had the same colour-scheme running through the downstairs of our home for the last 5 years or so. White and grey, with accents of chartreuse (a zingy greeny-yellow) and soft turquoise.
Initially, I found a patterned, chartreuse coloured rug that matched some cushions we already have perfectly but — remembering my pact to choose something a little different — opted for the same rug but in a vibrant blue shade.
Historically, we’ve always had a simple cream rug in the conservatory so seeing such a strongly patterned floor-covering in it’s place took a little bit of getting use to, to begin with. But do you know what?
I love it!
Almost to the point that I’m now thinking I’d like to introduce a little more pattern to the floors of our home.
The fact that Benuta’s company strapline is ‘fashion for floors‘ hasn’t escaped my notice either. Fashion changes with the seasons and their fantastic — and incredibly affordable — range will make it easy to change the look of a room by adding pattern and colour to the floor; just as I always have done with my wardrobe.
But whilst fashion is currently enjoying a resurgence of the 1970s, that swirly dining room carpet will not be enjoying a revival anytime soon.
Some things are best left in the past.
I was kindly sent this lovely rug for the purposes of this review. You can buy it in various sizes, shapes and other colours — plus lots of other lovely rugs — from the Benuta website. Pop along and have a look www.benuta.co.uk
All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.