We have a little mat at the front door that's made up with two oatmeal coloured FLOR carpet tiles that I bought on a whim at CB2 but generally, a whole 16 square FLOR rug costs as much, if not more, than a rug that you don't have to put together yourself. Then I saw that they were having a sale. So we snapped up 16 of the Petal Pusher design in Poppy:
The pattern is kinda cray, but I like the pops of color and the yellow picks up on our accent colour. I didn't want anything particularly neutral because of cat vomit and general living concerns (read: having to listen to the Dotytron talk about stains and how we need to buy a special carpet cleaner solvent blah blah blah). I also like the fact that it was a cheap investment and that if something goes wrong with one tile, you can just swap it out. It's a bit loud, but you can't see it unless you're sitting in the room, so it's not terribly distracting, plus, I think it gives us a good base now for this teak mid-century coffee table we got for a song but don't generally put out because it's too big. The block of colour from the teak will break up the colour. Most importantly, it's a soft, sustainable, ecologically sound surface for our butts and for the Big Yam to play on.
Here's the thing with FLOR carpet tiles, though. FLOR is always like, "we can't guarantee that the pattern will line up" (the tiles have a rubber backing that makes them non-stick so basically you just stick them to each other with what amounts to glorified round address labels)...but I'm like, "Uhhh...why not?" Seriously! We would have a perfectly lovely looking carpet if they had just sent us 2 more of one variation of the pattern instead of the one they did send. How hard would that be to execute? Not very. It does make for some visual interest but at the same time I'm like, this makes no G-D sense. There's no good reason other than laziness!!!
Overall, I'm very happy with the carpet. It's already made floor chilling way more enjoyable.