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ONE OF The Ugliest Parts of my Home…
Anyone who has been following me for a while knows how much I hate our rental carpet. I really do not like it. So much so, that I’ve asked about getting replaced (unfortunately we couldn’t get this to happen). With the lack of replacing, I knew I had to get creative with how to cover a rental carpet.
Now, there is one obvious solution staring us dead in the face. It’s one of my most liked home pieces on my Instagram. However, there are a couple of other hints and tips that we can do that when combined, will not only take your eye away from the hideous flooring choices made, will also help to create an even better looking, stylised room. Here are my top tips on how to cover a rental carpet…
COVER WITH A RUG.
The first thing you need to consider is getting a rug to cover a rental carpet. Other than taking on the cost to rip out the carpet yourself, this is the way to go. And, might we add, more cost-effective. I love my rug from La Redoute. It’s a gorgeous neutral pattern, it’s large enough to hide the brown carpet. This rug has travelled from rental home to rental home and I don’t think it’s going anywhere any time soon.
With rugs, I would always recommend going large. Larger than you think you need. Nothing looks sillier than a tiny rug in the middle of a room. Rugs are the foundation of interior styling, the anchor of your room. Most of your furniture should sit on it with enough space for you to move around and see the pattern.
DRAW THE EYE UP WITH ARTWORK.
If you can’t cover, get the eye moving away from it. Drawing the eye upwards with artwork distracts from what’s going on with the floor. For prints, I don’t think you can go wrong with Desenio. Super stylish, there’s a vast range of categories to fill your home with.
Much like rugs, I would recommend going large with your artwork. Fill up that space with a large piece. To put up your artwork, I like to do a nail into the wall and spackle the hole once we leave the rental home. If you’re not feeling up to it, then going with command hooks/ strips is the way. Easy to put up and just as simple to remove.
BRING IN MORE TEXTURES.
Pull your eye away from one texture by investing in some different ones. For me, that’s your throws and cushions when it comes to your living room. I love linen, cotton and wool, some great natural materials to bring in that relaxed, California vibe.
Don’t forget that metals are also a texture. So going with black metals, brass, those smaller accents will allow the eye to bounce around the room and away from the carpet.
DISTRACT THE EYE WITH NEW PIECES.
Any excuse to feel a little spendy. Any time you buy something new, your eye will always be drawn to it. I love shopping for those vintage looking pieces to decorate my home. Some of my favourite places for decor pieces are Homesense and H&M Home. Great pieces at affordable prices. So go ahead and treat yourself to a new piece and admire it from afar. Forget about that ugly carpet underneath your feet.
COVER WITH LARGE FURNITURE.
A simple one, but where you can, go with larger, chunky pieces of furniture. Going XL with your furniture will not only cover the rental carpet more but also pull the eye towards it as a feature piece. In your living room, I’d recommend investing in your sofa, chair and coffee table. Getting luxe pieces that draw the eye towards them and away from your carpet is sure to be the winner.
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