Disclosure: I was kindly sent this lovely teal rug for the purposes of this review. You can buy it in various sizes, shapes and other colours — plus lots of other lovely rugs — from the Benuta website. Pop along and have a look www.benuta.co.uk All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.
You know when you have something in your head — and nothing else will do? I had set my heart on a teal rug. I searched high and low for the right one.
Until Benuta got in touch with me!
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Benuta have a fabulous selection of rugs, in styles to suit every home.
Modern, vintage, short pile or deep.
Or shaggy; round, square.
Plain or a myriad of colour — basically — whatever your taste, I bet you a tenner they’ve got something to suit.
Including the teal rug I’d been searching for!
In Praise Of Pattern
Now I love pattern.
On clothing, in our home. Very often, I’ll choose clashing patterns — sometimes in similar tones, sometimes in complementary colours — and I love to see a mix of designs sitting happily together.
But where I’ve always been quite confident in using patterns on transient items, such as fashion — or on cushions and throws — putting pattern on the floor has always filled me with a little trepidation.
Maybe it stems from the garish carpets I grew up with as a child? Very possibly.
Our family home was a paragon of the 1970s and I distinctly remember the swirly, patterned dining room carpet.
Clearly designed by someone who’d taken a little too much LSD ~ and enough to induce a migraine.
Who knows what the reason was? But pattern on the floor is something that I’ve always shied away from.
But when I saw the perfect teal rug — with a gorgeous trellis pattern — I knew that I had to have it.
I decided to put it in our conservatory — which we use as our adult sitting room — and true to form gravitated towards a simple design but (after a little word with myself) decided that as I was being given the opportunity to try something different I should buck the trend and pick something out of the ordinary.
And, given I’d been looking for the perfect teal rug, this was the perfect opportunity.
The Perfect Teal Rug
Historically, we’ve always had a simple cream rug in the conservatory so seeing such a strongly patterned teal rug in it’s place took a little bit of getting use to, to begin with. But do you know what?
I love it!
Almost to the point that I’m now thinking I’d like to introduce a little more pattern to the floors of our home.
The fact that Benuta’s company strapline is ‘fashion for floors‘ hasn’t escaped my notice either.
Fashion changes with the seasons and their fantastic — and incredibly affordable — range will make it easy to change the look of a room by adding pattern and colour to the floor; just as I always have done with my wardrobe.
But whilst fashion is currently enjoying a resurgence of the 1970s, that swirly dining room carpet will not be enjoying a revival anytime soon.
Some things are best left in the past.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.