Rug Suggestions & The “Magic” Rug That Appears to be like Good In all places

Rugs are laborious. We get it. How are you aware the precise measurement and placement? Will it look good in your room? What if seems nothing just like the photographs on-line? When you have any of these ideas, this publish is for you. We’re going to dive into an particularly magical rug that goes with principally any coloured couch/wall/room, but additionally discuss usually about rug measurement and placement. Plus, we’ve listed a bunch of different favourite rugs, vetted by us (we purchased all of them with our personal cash & love them – no affiliation with any of ’em).

The Magic Rug

Let’s begin with the magic rug. We purchased this rug a few years in the past for one of many duplex dwelling rooms in Cape Charles.

Duplex Living Room With Neutral Traditional Rug Crate And Barrel Sofa


I’m undecided who first dubbed (within the rust shade) the “magic rug,” but it surely all started after we realized it seemed good with basically any room, irrespective of the colour scheme. There are heat & cool tones in it – and a variety of every – so it appears to tie in and relate to principally something. I imply, you may see it with a lime inexperienced couch in a video in a while on this publish. So yeah, this rug has RANGE.

And since this discovery, we’ve been flooded with dozens, perhaps even tons of (!!) of images from different individuals who’ve used it of their bedrooms, dwelling rooms, and extra – all with nice outcomes. So should you’re on the lookout for a no brainer rug choice, that is the one.

And based mostly on our Instagram suggestions, I’d say the magic rug has a hilariously massive following of canines who admire it too (or, at the least, canine homeowners). This collage is barely the tip of the dogs-on-the-magic-rug-photos iceberg, of us:

Spherical of applause for everybody who took these footage. Additionally, be aware of the way it flatters each canine. Actually goes with something. Observe: we’ve additionally obtained photographs of a child pig and a gaggle of child geese on the magic rug. If solely I may discover these for this publish.

The place Can I Purchase The Magic Rug?

We bought this rug beneath the title “nuLOOM Vintage Harriet Medallion Fringe Area Rug” from Overstock for our duplex rental three or 4 years in the past. That title is sort of the mouthful, which is another excuse it’s simply simpler to name it “the magic rug.”

Harriet The Rug additionally goes by the names Ethel or Edessa on many different websites (perhaps with all of those alter egos we must always name her Harriet The Spy as an alternative). As you may see beneath, we discovered the identical rug listed beneath totally different names on different websites like:

We’re sure they’re all precisely the identical rug. The brand new names are simply how shops make it more durable to cost evaluate (boo hiss). So should you’re somebody who likes to buy round for the most effective deal, you’ve received OPTIONS in these bullets above. The one place you’re unlikely to seek out it’s in shops, until you occur to bump into it randomly in HomeGoods or one thing (we’ve by no means seen it in a retailer).

What Makes This Rug So Magical?

The quick reply is that it’s a really adaptable rug that performs properly with a wide range of dwelling decor types and shade schemes. The sample is basic and conventional, however most of the colorways – notably “Rust” – nonetheless really feel vivid and recent (not muddled and darkish).

You possibly can see the way it pairs effectively with the trendy chandelier and couch within the photograph beneath (in addition to with the extra conventional chairs, curtains, and a classic espresso desk). It actually anchors a seating space or bed room the second you roll it out.


It’s additionally fairly inexpensive: round $350 for an 8×10. So for many individuals, it turns into an accessible strategy to both add a brand new rug to a room that has by no means had one, replace an previous rug, and even substitute a too-small rug with one which’s a greater measurement (for many bedrooms and dwelling rooms we’d advocate an 8×10 (a 5×7′ tends to be too dwarfed beneath a mattress or espresso desk and you actually wish to anchor these rooms with one thing bigger – even when it’s solely a foot from the partitions on all sides).

As a result of we’re nothing if not thorough, let’s discuss a little bit extra about rug sizes…

What Rug Dimension Is Proper For My Room?

Shopping for a too-small rug is an especially widespread mistake. Conveniently, the magic rug is available in an enormous assortment of sizes – together with runners, spherical rugs, sq. rugs, and as massive as 10′ x 13′. That’s another excuse why it’s so adaptable to so many rooms. However which one’s proper on your area?

We’ve written some room-specific rug tips since eating rooms, dwelling workplaces, dwelling rooms, and bedrooms all have totally different concerns. However our common ideas are:

#1: Purchase the most important rug that your room and your finances can deal with.

Normally, you may’t go unsuitable with a rug that goes practically wall-to-wall – though we sometimes like to remain 8-12″ from the sting of the room if attainable. So in case your pockets can deal with it, measure for the most important measurement your room will match. You possibly can see beneath that we scooted the rug even nearer to the wall alongside the 2 edges of the seating space since no person goes to be admiring your hardwoods flooring there and it helps to floor the seating space:

Here’s a shot from additional away to make clear how we positioned it. See the way it’s nearer to the wall in that again nook to floor the couch and chairs within the sitting space and tie every thing collectively. In the meantime, extra wooden flooring is revealed in areas the place you stroll via and round this sitting zone.

#2: Rugs assist to outline an area & join the furnishings

By join, we imply actually contact. This implies when you have a rug in a seating space, ideally the sofa and chairs ought to at minimal have their entrance ft on the rug. You possibly can see this precept in motion beneath within the earlier than and after despatched to us by Sam on Instagram. Nothing else modified within the room apart from the rug. Isn’t that wild? Reveals you ways a lot a brand new rug can do.

The previous rug was an “island” that was drifting by itself with out making contact with the opposite furnishings (aside from the espresso desk). The brand new bigger rug now permits the entrance ft of all of the furnishings to connect with the rug, which higher anchors the zone and ties every thing collectively.

What Coloration Ought to I Select?

This rug is available in practically as many shade choices because it does sizes, which provides to its versatility (though you may’t all the time rely on each choice being in inventory). Our favourite colorway is “Rust” which is the one we purchased for the duplex that earned this rug its mystical popularity.

The “Orange” colorway works equally to Rust, however has a extra colourful and excessive distinction vitality to it. So if you would like one thing with a little bit extra pow, that one has you lined. And the “Gentle Brown” one reads as a smooth muted beige/pink in each photograph now we have seen. Actually smooth and refined and good.

A lot of the different rug colorways are extra muted or monochromatic – like “Gentle Blue” and “Silver” – each of which now we have additionally seen in rooms (they appear refined and easygoing). In order that they’re nice choices when you have a tighter shade palette in your area or are on the lookout for one thing that’s extra subdued.

How Does The Magic Rug Really feel?

Sufficient about seems, proper? This rug is SO SOFT underfoot. Sherry likens it to “a chenille sweater” (it doesn’t have that itchy tough or plastic-y feeling that some finances rugs have). It’s not the thickest or most plush rug on the market, nevertheless, so that you’ll positively wish to add a rug pad. We like these grippy felt rug pads for some added cushion, however these affordable non-slip pads additionally do the trick.

What Else Ought to I Know About The Magic Rug?

Needless to say, like most rugs, this rug has a light-weight and a darkish facet. This simply implies that due to the luster of the fibers or the route of the pile, the rug may look darker or lighter relying on which finish you’re standing. As an example, within the photograph beneath you’re wanting on the “darkish facet” of the magic rug:


And right here is the “gentle facet” seen from the opposite finish of the room. See the way it has a bit extra sheen and lightness?


We positioned the rug this manner as a result of the daylight coming via the entrance home windows helps the darkish facet look lighter. Had we accomplished it the opposite approach, the darkish facet would’ve appeared even darker as a result of every thing is backlit by the home windows. So this association minimizes, not exacerbates, the distinction between the 2 sides.

Need To See The Rug In Motion?

We’ve largely sung the magic rug’s praises on Instagram Tales over time, so you may see extra by visiting the RUGS spotlight on our Instagram profile. However to make it simpler, we’ve additionally edited a bunch of these slides collectively beneath for you. On this video, you may see:

  • particulars concerning the binding and fringe
  • a deeper clarification of the sunshine and darkish sides
  • extra earlier than & afters of the rug in a wide range of houses

Observe: You too can watch this video on YouTube.

Our Different Favourite Rugs

And whereas we’re on the subject of rugs, we’ve received just a few others that now we have particularly liked. So let’s contact on these earlier than we go. Under you may see our bedroom rug, which is smooth and attention-grabbing. Patterned however not too in your face. Very muted and layered (the photographs on the web site do it no justice).

Upstairs now we have one in every of our favourite rug finds of all time from HomeGoods round 9 years in the past. They not promote it, however this one is similar. Don’t overlook to seize a rug pad to go beneath any and all of those rugs, simply to assist with grip and to thicken them up a bit.

In our daughter’s room we received this big light pink rug. It’s smooth underfoot and provides some enjoyable sample and shade to the room with out being too overwhelming. The opposite wall on this room has an enormous colourful mural, so we didn’t need the rug to battle with that.

We purchased the rug beneath for the artwork room in our final home & took it with us to our present home as a result of it feels particularly beachy (it now lives in our son’s room). It’s so inexpensive and the smooth blue/grey tones imply it could slip into nearly any area with ease (ours is the “indigo” shade).

One other rug we actually liked is this one that we had within the pink home’s front room. It felt extraordinarily effectively made (it took SO MUCH abuse – together with an particularly memorable slime incident) and nonetheless seemed like new. Additionally, shout out to that glossy white wall shelf within the background, which is without doubt one of the few issues we took with us since we bought the pink home furnished. It lives on in our kitchen!

Upstairs on the pink home we additionally liked this rug, which was VERY SOFT and added some smooth small-scale sample with fringe on two sides.

This rug has extra of a jute texture (not tremendous scratchy, however not further smooth like wool or cotton) and we appreciated that it felt stable and beachy. Simply wouldn’t kneel on this one, so keep away from it in a room like a nursery the place you may play on the ground loads. Can be superior in a house workplace, visitor room, or sunroom.

Under is a photograph of the duplex, and this bedroom rug was one in every of our favorites. As soon as once more it’s a small-scale sample and a reasonably muted tone. Though there’s blue in it, it learn like a impartial within the room, whereas nonetheless lending some curiosity.

And final however not least, right here’s one other favourite bedroom rug from the duplex. It’s a jute look however didn’t really feel very scratchy. Simply good and impartial whereas including some depth to the room (it tied in so effectively with the blue-green doorways there – see that one within the background?). Ours is the “blue natural” colorway.

Okay, that’s every thing I can consider with reference to the magic rug… and past. We actually took fairly a rug journey right here.

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