Just because you have a kid doesn’t mean you need to decorate his or her floor in primary colors, cars, and butterflies. Unless you like that sort of thing…or your kid is BEGGING for something like that.
Just saying....What would YOU rather be greeted with every morning? It's probably a scientific fact that 9 out of 10 people will choose the rug on the left. (Image on L via Dwell Studio, image on R via Amazon.com)
When thinking about how to decorate a nursery or a playroom, you can and should think outside of the Babies R Us box and explore your options. Think about this: If you have, or are about to have, a new baby then this is a good time to test drive your rug style. Can you spend $2,000 on a plush, beautiful silk-blend-pink-and-purple-8 x 10 for her nursery? Sure. Will it get all kinds of unmentionable fluids on it and perhaps be cast off by your bundle of joy when she turns two and has opinions? — Definitely and probably. So save your sanity, preserve your style, and make a compromise that will please the kids and the adults in your house. Also, know that lots of money doesn’t always equate to lots of style when it comes to rugs.
A few rugs for kids that I love are below. They’re cute, not too expensive, and will likely be able to transition from nursery to playroom to elsewhere if and when you decide to make a change. There are no (ok, a few) primary colors in sight!
Sadly, this one is no longer available but it is a personal favorite of mine. If you love it try Ebay or watch Craigslist for unopened or gently used ones. CB2 Hopscotch Rug, $199 (image via CB2)
I admit that this is currently the rug I'm coveting for my son's room. The desaturated colors and bold lines are right in line with what we like, and the colors are already "his." Land of Nod's Flyover Rug, $199-299. (image via Land of Nod)
I can say nothing bad about this rug; clean lines, played down but still rich color, and subtly themed. Football Rug, Scandinavian Design Center, about $400. (image via Scandinavian Design Center)
If you want to go girly then consider playing down the themes and patterned elements. This quirky, interestingly shaped rug is both fun and seriously cool. I can see it working nicely with violet-gray walls. Chelsea Collection PB&J Rug, $400-$1200. (image via PlazaRugs.com)
Themes aren't necessarily bad design at all. Just use a little restraint. Chandra Numbers Rug, $80-$1100 (image via ChandraRugs.com)
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