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Rugs in Nurseries: Know Your Boundaries

As a designer, I get asked a lot of different questions, but there are certain questions that seem to come up over and over again. A couple design dilemmas that I hear often are, “Can I put a rug in a room that has carpet?” or “Why do I need a rug in a kid’s room?” I think area rugs are fabulous, and I am a firm believer that when in doubt, go for it!

A rug in a nursery or kid’s room serves many purposes, and here are my top five reasons to add one into your design budget.

1. An area rug helps to define specific boundaries or an area of a room, especially if there is hardwood or tile floors. This way the furniture doesn’t appear to be floating in the space. The rug helps to “tie” the room together. No worries if the room has carpet; you can still add a rug.

2. In a nursery, a rug can provide great tactile sensory stimulation. For my nursery, I added in a super soft, plush shag rug from Target for $69.99. Did I mention it’s washable? Adding rugs to all of my kids’ bedrooms has totally spared me the expense of replacing carpet.

3. A rug can add color to your room, like this floral rug from PBTeen. This is a great way to add that pop of color into your space or bring your entire color scheme together.

4. Need to bring in some pattern? Try this Lattice Rug also from PBTeen. Using a rug with pattern creates visual interest.

5.  This hopscotch rug from CB2 scores bonus points for keeping the kids occupied and entertained. Not only is it super stylish, but it will have them “hopping” for joy!

If you are in search of a rug of your own, don’t forget to enter the Project Nursery FLOR Rug Giveaway!

About the author
Rebecca calls Gilbert, AZ home. An interior designer by trade, Rebecca is the creative force behind Petite Party Studio, a printables and party decor business—all in addition to being mom to Brandt, Blake and Bennett!
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  • Melisa

    Well said Rebecca! We do get this question all the time and I couldn’t agree more…

  • Carrie Sommer

    That hopscotch rug looks great! It’s dual-purpose too. It would be nice to have one in my kids’ playroom, as kids these days hardly know what hopscotch is.

  • Florence Amber

    My husband and I always argue about the need to have rugs in our kids’ rooms. I am all for it, but the husband isn’t. I should let him read this post.

  • avalon

    I never thought about these reasons. I have always thought having rugs were purely for aesthetic purposes, and that they are great if you had dogs because they’d always find it a good bedding alternative.

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