The pattern of keeping clean
I don’t understand people who don’t like using pattern, especially on their floors.
I mean, I appreciate that there’s so much choice that it can be difficult to make a decision but a patterned floor — or rug — is a gift for anyone trying to keep their house looking good.
I recently saw a story on a family house which was wall-to-wall white, including the floors. At the end of the story, there was a family portrait with everyone dressed in ... white.
I don’t know about you, but an allwhite floor would last about half an hour at my house, unless I was ready to stand with a mop at attention prepared to bark at anyone who put so much as a dirty toe on the floor.
Pets would obviously be banished (it's very difficult to get them to wipe their paws when they come in), along with anyone unwilling to go sans shoes.
Like so many of us, I discovered the wonders of patterned floors by accident after buying a small Persian rug.
The colours were a mix of navy and crimson with a little cream and brown for good measure. Made purely from wool, it ended up on our small living room floor where it was the ideal spot to put my baby down to play.
But babies have a habit of moving about and that rug took such a beating that when I eventually sent it out for cleaning and the contractor asked what stains to treat it for, I responded ‘what have you got?’
That’s going back some years now, and that rug is still looking good. Although it still gets cleaned regularly, there are a few stains — but you have to look really hard to see them in the colourful design. Indeed, those small marks are a reminder of what that rug has witnessed and what we’ve experienced as a family.
You’re not going to get that from a white floor.