Yes, it’s the latest installment in my seemingly never-ending quest to finish our family room. If you’re just catching up, you can see Vol. 1 with my very loooong to-do list and before photos here, a good amount of progress here and my debate about what to do with the walls here.
When I left off, we had just put down this jute rug from Rugs USA. I love Rugs USA and I use them all the time. I’ve never been anything but happy with the rugs I’ve gotten from them…but I guess there’s a first time for everything and this friends was a doozy. I loved the texture the jute added to the room and it really transformed it from the FLOR tiles I had down. In general I loved the flexibility of the tiles but I made a bad call picking a pattern with any white in it whatsoever for such a high traffic room and it quickly looked dingy.
The jute was great and lightened up the room overall but I immediately noticed shedding. Like A LOT of shedding. But many new rugs shed so I was willing to put up with it and just tried to vacuum often to see if I could shorten this shedding period. Except the shedding didn’t go away. It just kept going…EVERYWHERE there were jute fibers. For months!! In every corner of the house, all over our clothes and generally creating more housework for me than before. Every two days I’d vacuum and get this.
EVERY TWO DAYS PEOPLE! Just massive amounts of shedding. As if the fibers shedding wasn’t bad enough, when I would pick it up to vacuum underneath, I saw this. What the??? Dirt or dust coming right out of the rug. ICK. I put the jute right on top of my FLOR tiles because I didn’t have a rug pad at the time. This proved to be a good idea because I’ve since read reviews of jutes creating permanent impressions in people’s hardwood like this.
I just couldn’t deal with this rug anymore when I realized that I was consciously not dressing the boys in anything dark or fleece because they’d be covered in rug fibers instantly. I live in Boston…a winter without fleece is like a summer without a lobster roll. It’s just not an option.
Let me stop for a moment and say, I am in no way claiming that all jute rugs behave this way. I think Pottery Barn makes some great jutes, several with latex backing. I just wasn’t willing to shell out the $$ for a nice jute for a room where I know everything anything will get trashed (stomach virus season anyone??) While I think some shedding is to be expected with all rugs, particularly natural fiber rugs, I think the above is just unacceptable amounts of shedding. Don’t you agree or am I being crazy?
So having at this point run the gamut of FLOR tiles and jutes and knowing that I can’t not have a rug in the family room, I played the very last card I had in my deck. Yes – the indoor/outdoor rug. Straight polypropylene (essentially woven plastic if you really want to come down to it).
I’ve had one of their rugs under my breakfast nook table for years and it has taken a beating and always looked good. I just recently replaced it with this one and true to form, it is indestructible. Mushed up raspberries, Play-doh, it all comes out with just a baby wipe.
I have this one in our playroom currently and it’s great but the fibers do pull up and get snagged so I didn’t think it was a good candidate for the most high traffic room in the house.
There are tons of good looking outdoor rug options. I blogged about some good ones here. Lately I’m really loving the Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Courtyard line. Tons of great colors and patterns for under $200 for an 8×10!!! These are pretty great right?
Here’s this navy one in my room. I instantly love the drama the over scaled pattern added to the room. It’s so different from the look the jute gave the space.
So now I’m fully on board with this outdoor rug in the family room set up. Is it as plush as a wool? No. but it’s certainly not rough and I have no concerns letting the kids play on it at all. Plus for the peace of mind it offers, I am willing to deal with a little less plushness.
Now my only question is – is the navy too dark? I fear I will crave something lighter when the weather starts to warm up. This is the same rug/pattern in the 2’x3′ version (hence the pattern is shrunk down) in the blue color.
What do you think? Is the lighter better? Worse? I sort of feel like it looks more like an outdoor rug in the lighter version which I don’t really love. I also considered it in this brown color for a more tone on tone look and in this gray color which I would TOTALLY be on board for except I think the room has enough gray already with the couch and the wallpaper.
What to do, what to do?