The nursery you design to welcome your new baby should be stylish and inviting, calming and above all, comfortable. One of the easiest ways to add a little extra warmth and comfort to the space is by laying down an area rug. Area rugs not only create comfort, they also have a way of tying together the furniture in a room and making the space feel more "complete". To find the ideal cozy rug for your nursery, there are three key steps to follow.
1. Study Your Floor Plan
The first step towards choosing the perfect nursery rug is to assess your floor plan and determine the amount of square footage you have available for a rug. If you're furnishing a smaller room, the general rule of thumb is to ensure the rug is large enough to fit under the front legs of all your furniture. In a larger room, choose a feature piece, like the crib and ensure the rug is large enough to fit under the piece's front legs. A floating area rug, or a rug that is not touching any furniture, is another possible style option. Floating rugs are usually used in larger areas and are often oval-shaped instead of rectangular.
If you're having trouble visualizing an area rug in your space, consider sticking painter's tape or another non-damaging tape directly onto your floors where your rug will be. Experiment with different shapes and sizes until you are happy with the look. Then, simply measure your tape outline to accurately size your rug.
2. Consider Your Texture Options
Once you've confirmed the size and shape of your new area rug, the next step is to decide on a material. If you'll be laying the rug over hardwood or tile floors, a deep pile rug in a soft material like wool, silk or cotton creates an interesting texture contrast. This type of soft rug will also work well for tummy time and playtime with your newborn. However, deep pile rugs trap dirt and dust and can be difficult to keep clean.
Flat woven rugs are more durable and may be the better choice for a high traffic nursery space. Thin cotton or polyester rugs are versatile and look great when placed over hardwood, tile or carpeted floors. If you plan for your baby to play on the floor of the nursery, avoid coarse rug materials like jute and sisal and bamboo.
3. Settle on a Style
Even after choosing a shape, size and material type for your area rug, you'll likely be left with dozens or even hundreds of options that fit your criteria. Before you start searching through all the various colours and styles, it's important to understand the purpose you want the rug to serve in the room - will it simply add a little warmth to the nursery, or will it be a statement piece?
If you're going for a more subtle look, choose a rug in a colour that complements your nursery's overall colour scheme, creating balance instead of contrast. When in doubt, stick to neutral rugs in shades like grey, beige or cream. Solid-coloured rugs will add warmth without stealing focus, but simple patterns, like stripes, florals or chevron print are also a great choice and add a little extra visual interest.
If the rug will be the room's focal point, you can have a little more fun with the colours and patterns. Consult a colour wheel to find a shade that contrasts nicely with the main colour in your nursery. To really make an impact, avoid pastels and neutrals and opt instead for ultra-bright or dramatically dark shades. Polka dot-patterned rugs, wild geometric prints and other bold pattern choices will add whimsy and fun to the room.
Since you'll be spending a lot of time in the nursery after your baby is born, you'll want to ensure the space feels cozy and inviting. Since area rugs add warmth, texture and style, the right rug can go a long way towards creating this type of atmosphere. By following these steps, you can easily find the right area rug to perfectly enhance your space. Once you've found a stylish rug for your nursery, all that's left to do is to roll it out and enjoy the comforting feel.