Published on April 21st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


From Sweden to Morocco

Materials: Erslev rug in light green


  1. I created a stencil by tracing a Moroccan tile shape onto a piece of card stock and cutting out the negative space with an Exacto knife.
  2. I placed the stencil on the rug starting in the top left corner.
  3. I used a washable white fabric paint and a stippling brush to fill in the stencil.
  4. I repeated steps 2 and 3 working my way from left to right all the way down the rug until the design was completed.
  5. Painting freehand, I filled in the unfinished spots left by the “bridges” of the stencil.

~ Natalie, San Francisco

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17 Responses to From Sweden to Morocco

  1. LOVE the way this turned out! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    Warmly, Michelle

  2. Mel says:


    Love this idea! And I absolutely adore your couch! Where from/how much?


  3. maggot says:

    Natalie has such good taste to begin with! Great idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Natalie, Any chance we can buy the stencil from you? Thanks!

  5. Robin D. says:

    Love this idea! You don’t see many IKEA hacks from rugs. And it’s so hard to find a Moorish tile pattern rug that’s not incredibly high-end and expensive.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great comments! The coffee table is from Urban Outfitters ($175).
    More details on the rug:
    I got the inspiration from seeing this design in the form of a tile multiple times from various sources.
    Because the rug is 4′ by 7′ I decided to make the stencil a perfect 1′ by 1′ format “tile.” On a 6″ by 6″ piece of cardstock, I freehanded 1/4 of the tile shape which I then cut out and used as a template to trace each 1/4 of the “tile” to complete the shape. Then I drew a smaller “tile” inside this one leaving the “grout” about 1 in thick. I put two bridges on the round areas so I could easily fill in the rest of the blank spots freehand.

  7. Melissa says:

    Coffee table? Cute! Where’s it from?

  8. labibliovore says:

    Natalie – that is so beautiful. Would you by any chance be able to give us more details on the stencil? Dimensions or the place where you found the design for it? I would love to be able to re-create it.

  9. Ughsome says:

    That’s beautiful!
    I love the room too. And the shot of green.

  10. Sandi K says:

    Natalie, great job!!!! I absolutely love what you did. Plus your living room is gorgeous. I love the coffee table – where is that from??

  11. Anonymous says:

    Amazing work, Natalie! This is one of the best Ikea hacks I’ve seen. I’ve been visiting this site for about a year now and this is the first time I’ve been compelled to post a comment. Great work!

  12. Wow! That’s pretty clever! Love it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful room and I’m lusting after that couch! Any details on where to get that it?

  14. iris says:

    This is so simple and so nice! Great job!

  15. Kelsey says:

    This is a super great idea…especially since we are moving in a couple weeks into a house thats mostly hardwood floors! Gotta love cheap pretty rugs! Thanks for the tip!

  16. Anonymous says:

    One of the best ikea hacks I’ve seen! Great idea. Thanks for sharing, Natalie… I will definitely be adopting this idea. :)

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