Bare Floors

1.24.2016

For some time I have been wanting to remove the sea grass rug in the dining room. It looked okay, but yet it also didn't. It also made it terribly hard to slide a chair in and out because the legs would catch on it.


 I removed the rug all by myself which was a small feat. The table is very heavy, but where there is a will there is a way. I could have waited for the mister to get home, but I didn't want to wait. He could not believe I did this by myself.

 You can see in this shot where the sun has really lightened the floor color. The dark area has always been covered by a rug. Also the rug pad left an imprint on the floor in spots. I have gotten most of it off, but it makes me think twice about putting another pad down ever.

After removing the dining room rug I also took out the rug in the great room. It was really dirty in front of the mister's chair and I knew that area would look even dirtier once the new sofa is sitting there. The natural rug was also putting out a lot of dirt and crap and could be contributing to our sneezing. Seems we both sneeze more than we used, too and even Miss Bailey sneezes.

I may get another rug in here later after seeing the new furniture, but for now we are rugless. You can see the two different floor colors here, too. The sun does a number with all these windows.
Mr. Savvy always complained when I started putting rugs down on this floor after we had it put in.. He said we get this beautiful new floor and you want to hide it with rugs. :)

I even tried to switch up the furniture into a different arrangement while the rug was gone, but it just didn't work. Mr. Savvy and his darn chair have to be in a certain spot for him to see the television well and to be able to hear it. So back to the original arrangement. If I had two smaller sofas....and no darn recliner I could do a new arrangement. Oh, well he lives here, too. :)

Below are some more photos I found of bare floors.






When my kids were little their pediatrician, the late Dr. Leila Denmark, always said no to carpet, rugs, and drapes because all they do is collect dust and cause allergies. 
I think she was right. even though we always have had carpet and drapes.She lived to be 114 years young and worked until she no longer could.

 I hope everyone is staying safe and warm that got hit by Jonas.
We only got a tiny amount of snow and it has already melted, but it is still cold. Good time to stay in and change things up.....again.

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  1. My husband says the same thing about rugs but I really need them so Rosie doesn't slip around (and scratch) too much! I know what you mean about getting chairs caught on them. My friend has a seagrass and I remember thinking that. We haven't put the indoor outdoor rug back under our kitchen table yet and I kind of like not having a rug in there. It's in the family room temporarily anyway while I decide on a rug for that room. It's taking me forever. Have fun moving things around!
    Shelley

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    1. I will most likely not put one back in the dining room, but may add one back in the great room after the furniture comes.

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    2. I think you are right about the diningroom because of the chairs but the other room i think a carpet grounds the room and warms it up. Just an opinion.

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    3. Carol, after the new furniture comes in I will most likely get an area rug.

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  2. It seems like there are two groups of people....those who like rugs, and those who do not. I have tried the no rug look and also the no drapes too.The reality of it is we live in an old building and since our ceilings are so tall it really echoes without those two things to absorb the sound. Every time someone went in or out the door it sounded like they were slamming it and I would almost jump out of my skin. Now that we got new windows I don't have to worry about fading anymore. Do what makes YOU happy!!!! And for the record, I do not wish to live to be 114 in the creepy world we live in today. Not that I want to die today or tomorrow but I can't imagine what the world will be like in another 70 years?!?!?
    ~Des

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    1. So true Des. I do like rugs. Just need to find the right one for the great room.

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  3. With the exception of our very first home which was wall to wall to wall carpet....I have never had a rug in the dining room...I do love the look, but it is more for practicality reasons...no worry about spills...and the hubby always complains when rugs go down on the floors...as he feels why hide the pretty wood floors...love a bare floor!...I love the bare look in the dining room...maybe just a small area rug in the great room to anchor and add softness to the space when you decide after the new furniture comes....can't wait to see it!

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    1. Yes, waiting on the new furniture to choose a smaller rug.

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  4. Years ago, we tried having rugs in the dining room....we tried three times, with little success each time. Little children (and big) and sliding (not) chairs make life hard in a dining room.
    When we put in the new floors in this house, the floor guy told us if you put rugs down, be sure to take them them up part of the year...especially in the spring/summer when light does a number on floors.
    Our family room is filled with light (with a skylight too) in the summer....so every year now, all rugs that can be removed are rolled up and put away...until colder weather hits....
    This year I plan on having them cleaned at that time.....(Hubby hasn't a clue)
    In our bedroom, we have dogs that are elderly and jump (shouldn't)so that rug hasn't been taken out...
    I discovered like you about the rubber stuff we put underneath, it leaves an imprints so to speak. How did you get it up?? I scrubbed with the allowed cleaner....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Very good idea to take them up in the warm months so the floor stays one color.

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  5. I love the bare floors. I have a rug in my kitchen and lately I've had the urge to purge it. I just know when I remove the it the floor is going to be a different color from the sun, too. I can see it, when I move it to mop. It sits in front of 18' of sunny windows. My hubby won't be happy about the mismatched boards, but I guess eventually they'll fade! :)

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    1. Kim, I'm hoping my floor fades to all one color, too.

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  6. I am glad that I read this post because I have been thinking about a seagrass rug. But, sand is an issue - I think Steve and I track in as much sand as Lulu does. I have asthma and Steve is developing it now so we don't need stuff trapped in a rug.

    Your floors are simply gorgeous.

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    1. Sea grass is nice to look at, but that's about it.

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  7. I don't have any rugs in my home either... I do have some carpet in places but no rugs

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  8. I agree with the mister. Why cover up such beautiful floors? Readers are always asking me why I don't have rugs. One reason is that the pupsters seem to think that they are puppy pads. The other is that they gather the very dirt and dust you mentioned, and I have asthma.
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, I found a few spots Miss Bailey had done that I didn't know about, too.

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  9. The bare floor looks great! We are in the process,as we speak, of ripping up the old wall to wall carpet that was here when we moved in in May. We are putting in laminate wood flooring to match the existing dining room laminate (which abuts it). I think I will live with the bare floor for awhile before considering buying an area rug.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, you can always decide to put a rug down later.

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  10. I love bare floors...though I have rugs in the dining, family, and parlor rooms. Bedrooms are bare. I find the bare floors are so much easier to dust mop. And grit gets around the edges of my wool rugs. When our golden was alive I put scatter rugs down to help not have so many dog scratches. Rugs are bad for allergy folks. They hold dust no matter how big a Dyson you use. Ha! At our old house I had the light issue on our hardwood too. Glad to learn about the seagrass. I have considered one. Sheila

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    1. We have carpet in our master and the upstairs is wall to wall carpet. I do like carpet in the bedrooms to make them quieter and cozier, but really do want wood floors upstairs maybe some day or new carpet.

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  11. Oh Kim, your floors are SO pretty!!! I love the no rug look in the dining room and can't wait to see if or what you put in the great room. You do so much, you are amazing! Happy Sunday. We are still snowed in. Got about 20 inches and drifts of 3,4,5 feet! Waiting for the shovelers to get here!!!

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  12. "We" also take our rugs up in Spring/Summer (love the look & feel for summer), but they're a "must have" in cold-weather months as we don't live in The South and don't have in floor heating. brrr!

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    1. We don't have heated floors either. The tile floor in the sun room is so cold. I wish we had added heated coils in there.

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  13. I think dust mopping a floor is so much easier than having to clean around rugs but how do you keep your living room furniture from sliding back when someone sits down. I love your house and my sunroom looks almost like yours. We've had a yellow gold color but am changing and think I'll do white like you did. Do you think it will look ok with cream cabinets.

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    1. Jane, they make grips that stick to the bottom of the chair legs. I remove the felt ones that slide and add the rubber grip ones. I have cream cabinets in the kitchen with white appliances and white trim. It all works fine to me.

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  14. I've always loved bare wood floors! The only rugs we have in our house are at the doors for wiping messy feet and those change out three or four times per year. So, I love yours.

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  15. I had to laugh about your not being able to move the furniture because the recliner HAS to be in a certain place. I have the same problem. Messing with the hubby's TV watching is not negotiable!

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    1. Oh, Bonnie, his chair having to be a certain way is a thorn in my side.

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  16. Love your floors they are so pretty. I love bare floors also, but I do have an area rug next to love
    seat.Stay Warm.
    Be Safe.

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  17. This post comes at a good time, since we are building our new home, and it's all wood floors except for two bedrooms, and travertine tile in the baths and laundry. I currently have area rugs in the living room and dining room, but love the look without an area rug also!

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  18. When we built we put in carpet as it was cheaper. Later on came wood floors. If I have the choice, I will NEVER go back to carpet. I clean and had a good vacuum, but in pulling up the carpet, the STUFF that sticks to the backing - well let's just say it convinced me no more carpet. Not big on rugs either. We don't have one in the great room other than the entry way. We have sisal in the sunroom. We do have a basement which helps keep our floors warmer. Our windows are Low-E. Are yours? I know several people who have had the film added to protect floors and furniture. We are lucky as to how our home is situated on our property and how the sun hits. You may decide to stay "rugless"!

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    1. Over the years we have been replacing rotten windows to the better low e ones, but not all of them have been switched out yet. The lower ones on the great room have been replaced, but not the top ones and those may never be while we live here.

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  19. I feel your pain re the floors. When we moved from our last house, I had to leave a perfectly good Karastan rug because of what had happened to the floor in the sunroom. (I did disclose this to the buyers) I have my DR floor covered with a nice rug because we never use it anyway, and it is mostly to look at and to dust. If I ever move again, I am not going to have one. Also, I don't like the color of the wood floor in there so since the rug is large, I can't really see it any more. Yay! When we did our LR floors last year in big black and white squares, I thought it might be cold in there this winter, so I decided I would wait and see. I love the black and white floors and did not want to cover them anyway. It has not been cold at all! If anything that thick layer of wood we put down is much warmer than the w/w carpet we ripped out. This year we are planning to do the same to the MBR. I had not thought about the correlation between sudden sneezing fits which seem to happen a lot and the seagrass we put in the kitchen! I don't like the floors in here either, but it would be a major expense to get rid of them, so we got a seagrass rug. I might have to rethink this whole thing so thanks for bringing it up.

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  20. Love, love, love your blog! Would you mind telling me where you found that adorable white coffee table? I have been looking for something like that for a long time! Thanks, Vera

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    1. Thanks, Vera. That table is old and I painted it a light gray.

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  21. I love bare floors, especially under tables. I find it a lot easier to keep clean! And your floors are so gorgeous, I think Mr Savvy is right on that one.

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    1. I have never put one under the breakfast room table and am liking no rug under the dining room table, too. Thanks

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  22. I love the new look. I'm always leaning to the sleekness & clean-look of bare floors, as long as the floors are beautiful,& your's are. Don't like wall-to-wall carpeting anywhere except the bedrooms. xx's

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  23. There is nothing like a beautiful wood floor, and I agree about the allergens. We have similar issues in our home, especially this time of year. I can't wait to see your new goods. Exciting!

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  24. Rugs definitely add warmth to a room, but I do love the look of a wood floor without a rug. When we lived in Leesburg, we had a coating put on all of our windows so floors and furniture didn't fade. It worked great to protect the woods, and you wouldn't even know it was on the windows.
    Mary Alice

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  25. Oh those man chairs! They are truly a problem. I finally talked my husband into getting leather chairs & ottoman thinking it's better than the recliner. Now I'm not so sure...they are prettier, but still a chair and ottoman are BIG.

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  26. Ooooh, Thank you Miss Savvy! The rug I hate in my dining room is going out of here tomorrow, just needed you to help me get going with it!

    Mary

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  27. Love, love the bare floors!! I agree about not having a rug under the dining table, especially, because it is hard to pull chairs in and out--not to mention spills. I love the look of the natural/jute rugs but they are so full of dust and dirt. Oh-- the only rug pad that will not harm the floor finish is from rugpadusa. They are cut to fit and worth trying. New furniture sounds great!!

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  28. When we built we had hard wood floors put in. We got big 8x10 rugs for the dining room and living room. The tiles bedrooms also got area rugs to 'warm' them up. Last summer we decided to replace the rugs with lighter colored ones, we keep them down as Master Vic sometimes slips on the wood floors, the sun has bleached the floors so badly. :/

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  29. I rolled up the rugs before we got our new puppy in December. It's been a good
    change except I'm missing the coziness of a rug in the family room. Like others have said your floors and rooms are beautiful.

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  30. I love bare floors... Our Doctor always advised the same, good hardwood maple floors the best wood for low volatile voc's organic and the most natural for your health, all cotton so things can be washed.
    We don't have rugs or carpet in our small cottage but was wanting one for me living room.
    Will see it I follow through... Don't you just love Fifi O'Neills cosy home 3rd one up from the bottom, the French comfy sofa, the touches of your favorite colour! RED ! And that pale blue wall in her dimming area.

    All the homes imspire the best of bare floors.

    See you soon
    Area rugs or not :)

    Xx
    Dore

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  31. We don't have a rug in our dining room at this house and I don't regret it at all. Just keep little pads on your chairs and you are good to go. My husband always questions rugs because he thinks the floor is too pretty to cover. :)

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  32. I'm so glad you wrote a post about this. I struggle with not having a rug in my living room because it looks so much better. However, my husband is not a fan. It is so much more practical without a rug for our every day use plus we don't have to worry about the sun fading the hardwood. I love reading your blog!

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  33. Kim, I googled Dr. Leila Denmark.
    That is an amazing story itself!!
    Thanks for sharing. Love, love!!

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    1. I have her name highlighted and linked to her site. Yes, a very fascinating woman.

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  34. Kim, thank you so much for this post! It came at a great time. We just had are floors all refinished and I am considering not putting rugs down. Hooray!

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  35. I took our big rug out a few months ago and put an oval jute rug under the coffee table in front of the couch. It's a 5/8 I think but looks smaller because it's oval. It took me a while to get used to hardly no rug but now I like it. I don't know if I'll ever go no rug... Our living room is large a needs a little grounding. Your hardwoods are gorgeous Kim! I love the no rug look you have. So fresh looking!The great thing about wood floors, you can always change your mind :-)

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  36. Wow ! Beautiful floors! Love the change.

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  37. I have a terrible time deciding on rugs, and they usually go back because I picked wrong. Some wood floors look great without anything, mine is not one of them!

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