Sometimes you have to try something to realize it is wrong. That is how it went with finding a dining room rug. I am a big fan of Candace Olsen and she always brings multiple rugs to try in the room before deciding. Well us normal people don’t usually have the means to buy three rugs to try all at once.  For me it was a much slower process.

First I tried a rug we already owned. We got this yellow and gray beauty at the Room & Board outlet. It used to live in our old living room along with our happy yellow Anson chairs. We first tried it in our new office where the Anson chairs are now, but it interfered with the desk chair. Before we made any plans for the dining room, we tried it in there too. It was too small. At only 5 x 8, it did not leave enough room to pull chairs out around the 3 x 6 foot dining table we had. I think the rule of thumb is the rug should extend 18-24″ on each side of the table. That means I need a closer to an 8 x 10. Okay, so I knew that, but I just loved this rug so much I did not want to believe it. We will find a new home for this rug when we finish our basement.


Try number two was kind of an impulse buy from Home Goods. I loved the colors (in the store). It was an 8 x 10 for $299. I splurged and brought it home.  You can see in the picture above it was a much better fit size-wise.  We put it under the table and lived with it for a week.  It was nice, but too green.  It was like a horrible pastel version of the bold teal walls.  Back to Home Goods it went.  Then there was no rug for a while.

Outdoor Rug in the Dining Room

Another trip to Home Goods over a month later and I stumbled on an amazing indoor/outdoor rug.  It was an 8 x 10 for $129.  I could not resist.  It was a natural brown/grey color and borderless.  I thought it would offer the perfect subtle covering to the floor and let the teal walls have all the attention.

Outdoor Rug in the Dining Room

It has an over-sized damask pattern woven into the rug.  It is really all the same color, but the woven pattern gives it a very subtle contrast.  The rug is 100% polypropylene.  It will be easy to keep clean (although this is our formal dining room, we do have two boys under 4).

Outdoor Rug in the Dining Room

The new slipcovered chairs play off the damask pattern on the rug.  The room is really starting to come together now…a far cry from that image at the top of this post.

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5 Responses to Outdoor Rug for the Dining Room

  1. Molly says:

    I LOVE this! I have been looking for a reasonably priced rug for my dining room as well, but just can’t seem to find anything I won’t cry over if my 2 1/2 year old and 5 month old spill food on it….I’ll difinitely give the indoor/outdoor thing a try!

  2. M says:

    I, too, am looking for a dining room rug. I saw this same rug at Home Goods the other day. How is it holding up? Anytime I make a purchase over $40, I get nervous.

    • Jackie says:

      M, I love this rug. It is still in perfect shape. I get many compliments on it and no one ever suspects it is an outdoor rug.

  3. M says:

    Thank you for your prompt response! I hope to get the rug this week. :) Oh, and I LOVE your blog…so many great decorating ideas!

  4. Katy says:

    Ah! I’m so mad that I’m just now finding this post now and that that rug is surely now longer at Home Goods. I hope they have something similar there soon because I need a tough but pretty indoor/outdoor type rug for our dining area. I LOVE this one!

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