Grey and White… and a worn rug

Ok people – the tree is down, the holidays are over, and I’m back from my short hiatus – ready for some fresh design inspiration for 2014.  
Let’s start with this living space…
I love, loovveee, LOOOVVEEEE this space. Everything about it is perfection.  The wall color, the mirrors, the white tufted sofa, the rug… oh that rug.
Traditional but worn.  Quiet, neutral colors so it tones in with the wood floors and wall color.  It’s a soft background of pattern, and isn’t the focal point of the room.
Right??
Amanda Carol also used this same rug in her dining room… I’m just totally obsessed with it…

This rug ended up being discontinued, but I found it’s evil twin online, and want to pull the trigger on it SO BADLY.
The bad news?  Kris isn’t sold.  He thinks it looks old, worn, and is not a fan in general, but I’m determined to change his mind…
I mean look how pretty it is?!

And it looks SO GOOD in so many different kinds of spaces…
This contemporary, lightly industrial dining room…

This rustic living space with the pretty wood beams…
This amazing master bath with that claw foot tub I’d scratch someone’s eyes out for…

This uber traditional – but sleek – monochromatic bedroom…

This inviting dining room / breakfast nook…

Again… it looks so great with raw, light wood, and an open weave linen…
Over the last several years, I’ve started to hone my style, and while I’ve really embraced some more modern textures and lines in furniture, I still like a bit of tradition in my space.
To keep this rug from looking old, I think the key is to be sure that the overall feel is polished, use lots of white, a dose of bold color, and some modern elements (like stripes, abstract art).
I see this rug playing a neutral role in the background of our living room… working well with rustic wood pieces (possibly a worn wood coffee table), a big overstuffed white sofa, a brass floor lamp, black and white pieces here and there (art, pillows, throws) and some color like a vibrant green in a luxe fabric like velvet to cozy things up.
Something like this…

What do you think?
Do you think this rug is too worn looking, or perfectly shabby chic?

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