(Interior Design by Todd Romano)
Now that we’re in the living room, I have two issues to talk about – paneling and the floor. I can’t even think about the paneling yet (you’ll see what I’m talking about tomorrow in New House Diary), but trust me, it’s scary! So let’s talk about something much more pleasant and look at the floor.
The choice I have here is whether I should go with sisal or a soft carpet or rug – or maybe I should even use both. There are so many fabulous choices out there, and both materials offer great patterns and colors. With sisal or seagrass, you have an eco-friendly fiber that is great for people with allergies, and it’s naturally stain resistant.
(Photo from Architectural Digest)
But sometimes sisal can feel a little scratchy on bare feet, and my daughter loves to dance in the living room without her shoes on, so that’s something to think about. Wool and nylon rugs are much softer underfoot, and if you have a thick enough pile, they are fabulously luxurious when you’re walking on them.
(Interior design by Shon Parker, from Atlanta House and Home)
There are even some rug makers who are now using combinations of wool and sisal to create a hybrid rug that holds up better to pets and heavy traffic. They are softer, but also give you a harder-wearing surface.
Another option is to use a large sisal room-sized rug or carpet, and then layer a gorgeous wool or wool-blend rug on top. My friend Suzanne Kasler is a genius at this and I really like how it looks. The sisal also “holds” onto the rug, keeping it from slipping as you walk on it.
(Interior design by J. Randall Powers, in Architectural Digest)
So much to think about! So which would you choose? Would you go with the hard-working sisal, the softer rug/carpet, or would you layer the two? Let me know in the comments below which option you like best! And stay tuned, because tomorrow we’re going to take a look at that scary paneling…