I just fessed up to having a problem with always sticking to gray and white rugs, and I am only proving that point further by sharing our upstairs hallway floor re-do, which of course ends in a gray and white striped rug.
Let’s bring it back. Here’s what the hallway looked like when we moved in a few years ago.
Wall-to-wall brown carpet. Brown rails. And then I made everything worse: I painted the walls a shade of brown-ish, which looked like ugly brown-green in the windowless hallway. Looking back, why did I think it was a good idea to add brown to an already existing sea of brown? No clue. But I wasn’t done with my brown fixation yet, because I removed the carpet to reveal yet another shade of brown in the hallway.
Ahh, the mistakes of youth. And by youth I mean just about any day under age 90. But things are looking up! This spring I repainted the walls and hung up a few pics, as well as painted the rails (technically, the spindles?) white and stained the caps kona (I called it that because I didn’t want to admit to intentionally adding yet more brown to this space).
Then I added the gray and white striped rug last week, for a few reasons. One: the floor isn’t the cutest (a few old gouges and stuff) and it is nice to distract from that whilst waiting to refinish the floors. Two: our old hardwood floors squeak and the rug totally helps with that. Three: my girlie’s walk sounds like an angry person pounding on a typewriter at full speed and we need to muffle her steps.
Missions accomplished. And the rug is super soft to boot. So glad this hallway went from a sea of brown to a gray and white mecca*
Maybe with this rug I’ve finally gotten the gray and white rug thing out of my system? Doubtful. But there’s always the next rug sale where I can scope out my options in hopes of a little variety…
*I looked up the word “mecca” to make sure it really fits this scenario, and yes, it does. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines mecca as “a place regarded as a center for a specified group, activity, or interest” and gives the example of “a mecca for shoppers”. In this context, “mecca” describes our upstairs hallway which is a place regarded as a center for the specified group of people that are into gray and white rugs or other gray and white things paired together. Go with it.