Area rugs can make or break a room and this is no less the case when choosing suitable nursery rugs for your baby’s special bedroom. Bringing together colourful and decorative accessories for a baby’s nursery is one of the most enjoyable tasks any parent or professional interior designer can partake in. It’s like going back in time and reliving early childhood fantasies and memories all over again whilst at the same time having a freedom with furniture and décor that you don’t have with a regular living room or master bedroom.
However, despite the extra freedom that’s associated with designing children’s rooms, there are a few points you need to bear in mind when choosing the most suitable nursery rug for your baby.
Existing Floor Material
Does the nursery have hardwood flooring or has it been carpeted? The answer to this question will determine the size of the baby rug you buy. Wooden floorboards are attractive features in most interiors but in a baby’s sleeping room they can seem hard, cold and too straight edged. Large decorative rugs cover over this hardness whilst also injecting extra colour and softness to the flooring space.
For nursery rooms with wall-to-wall carpets, there is a reduced need for the visual and tactile softening of the floor. Smaller rugs will be more appropriate for carpets unless you dislike the existing colour and material. Smaller and less expensive rugs can also be placed in areas of the room which might be prone to spillages, thereby allowing simple replacement and washing when needed, as well as protecting the surface underneath. A lot of rugs these days are also machine washable which makes cleaning up after any accidents all the more easier.
Matching the Décor Scheme
Has the nursery already been decorated or are you still in the pre-design stages? If the nursery has a coherent decor theme then buying a baby rug will need to be conducted along this general scheme. For example, a pink princess themed baby’s room will be enhanced with a white or pink crown-shaped rug made from a soft and fluffy material. A blue spaceship design would look decidedly out of place.
For parents who have not yet started designing the nursery, the choosing of a baby’s rug can be the inspiration behind a whole interior décor scheme. Browsing through the various carpet designs offers many ideas for potential themes, colours, patterns and even furniture pieces. Inspired by a particular item seen in a local store, magazine or online, many parents have designed a whole kid’s room from the ideas born out of one object alone.
Rug Colours and Shapes
The colour and patterns of the rug you choose should complement and enhance the ambiance of the nursery interior. Children’s rooms are often brighter, more vibrant and more sympathetic to clashing colours than adult bedrooms but this does not give a completely free card to go over the top in the design. A nursery which is too decoratively brash, loud and visually overwhelming will not encourage the important relaxation and calm which is so vital to a baby’s sleeping room.
Rugs, whether for adults or children, come in a multitude of shapes. When it comes to choosing one for a baby’s nursery, there are limitless designs and outlines available. Some come in regular rectangular, square and circular forms whilst others are found in the outlines of cat heads, squiggles, spirals, princesses, planes, stars and butterflies, to name but just a few.
Buying a baby accessory of any kind is going to be a fun and rewarding experience. As long as you keep the above considerations in mind when choosing a rug for your nursery room, you’ll have no problems. One final tip to think about is whether you want the rug to last long into your baby’s childhood. When a baby becomes a toddler, the décor scheme might change and thus a more neutral design, pattern and colour will be more appropriate. Above all, have fun and trust your instinct.